I think that kids playing sports is very important in developing them in the future. If kids have something else they love to preoccupy them then when they grow up they are less likly to be in trouble.
I am currently 24 years old and have been playing sports since I was 4 years old. I played every school sport I could play. I also played competative fastball and ringette. I maintained the honor roll in junior high school and high school. Every sport I played was a team sport and promoted "team playing" from a young age.
Beacuse I was always busy playing one sport or another I never had time to get into trouble or meet the wrong people. My parents were very supportive and always there cheering me on, this in turn gave me a very close relationship with my parents.
I now have a 4 year old who is very active and athletic and because I had the opportunity and support from my parents to be involved, I can't wait to experience this with my son.