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When considering the wealth of extracurricular options kids have these days, here are a few reasons to consider enrolling your child in a sports league.
‘Teamwork’ is the first benefit that often comes to mind when parents consider why their child should participate in youth sports. The very opposite is also true. Children and teens are able to build a sense of self on the field, as well as learn the lesson to push themselves to meet their team’s goals. They gain the important quality of self-confidence which pushes the child to feel the ability to accomplish her goals. With this confidence comes the ability to try out new experiences with less support from parents in other areas of their life.
Your child learns to navigate communicating with his/her teammates, as well as with the coach. As it takes all types of people to make the world turn, your child will gain valuable lessons of how to advocate for himself, make friends, set limits with teammates, and follow a leader. All of these skills are useful on and off the field.
This one may seem a little more obvious, but what is important to ensure this lesson is learned is the nature of the role of the parent. As much as we want our children to succeed in their sport, it is important to give them the responsibility to avoid failure. If we are dragging them out to the yard in the evening for drills practice they do not learn the importance of self-motivation. Let your child know you value her participation in the sport by requiring attendance at the practices and games (teaching commitment), but leave the ball in their court when it comes to scheduling extra practice. If they are truly passionate, they will find the time to play.
Your child learns the ability to focus for an hour with continued practice and participation. In a game that requires skill, problem solving, and anticipation, there’s little time to think about what’s on TV later, or what test is coming up next week. The ability to be mindful in the moment will help your child be successful in other avenues of his life as well.
Your child will fail. Even on a team that’s undefeated, he will miss a goal, fumble a pass, or trip on his own feet. These experiences will teach him that no one is perfect. Humility is a key quality in good sportsmanship. Without it, a child can end up wanting to taunt the opposing team when they win because he feels insecure about his mishaps on the field--not a good look for anyone.
Just as she learns she’s not perfect in sports, she will also learn to consider how others feel in their situation. She will learn to cheer up a dejected teammate, and not out of pity. As a result, she will develop a sense of contribution to the team morale.
What are other unexpected benefits you gained from playing sports as a kid? Let me know in the comments!