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Size matters when it comes to playing fields for kids

By Stephanie Rogers, 08/27/14, 9:30PM EDT


You wouldn’t expect your child to work like a grown up, so why are we making her play like one? Your five year old doesn’t read novels, does he?

And yet for the last few decades when kids have hit the soccer pitch or the hockey rink, they’ve been put on an equal playing field — literally — to adults. But, to an 8-year old, 50 yards actually feels like a 100. So when kids play in an adult-sized space, they’re playing on a surface that’s at least twice as big as what they can handle