Why my Child Will Play Sports and Yours Should Too!

Will you push your child to play sports? There are 2.6 million fewer kids playing sports in the last 5 years. This topic has been proven to be very controversial. I believe having a child play sports helps develop life skills and characteristics that are crucial for a full life. Read more for some life lessons children will encounter while playing sports.

     1. Getting Along With People
Playing a sport you are instantly thrown into a group of people who you do not know and are forced to play alongside. You may not like everyone but you have to work together and put your difference aside to achieve one common goal WINNING!

 This is a life lesson you have to learn if you want to succeed in the business world. When you enter your work field you are thrown into a group of people you have never met, like them or not you have to work together to get what you need accomplished. I have encountered many teachers in my years of teaching that are not team players and do not get along well with their co workers and interesting enough a lot of them had never played a sport. Now, I’m not saying just because you or your child did not play sports that you cannot get along with people--I’m saying that putting your child in sports will help develop the skill of working together and getting along with different people.

2.    Friendship
Interacting in sports you meet a lot of people that you might not otherwise. Sports are a great way to meet new people and build lasting friendships.

 My longest lasting friendships have been made in sports. After graduating college 6 years ago I still keep in touch with almost all of the people from my college volleyball team. As a matter of fact, I still keep in touch with people I played softball with when I was five years old! 

 3. Perseverance
Perseverance is one of the great lessons you learn in sports.  Learning this skill at a young age is hard but will ultimately help you succeed down the road. As a player you will have to overcome obstacles, setbacks and failures. You will learn how not to let emotions get in the way of overcoming these obstacles. Learning to persevere and not quit when it gets tough is a challenge even as an adult.

“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

If you want to succeed in life you have to persevere. Unfortunately, we will encounter challenges, obstacles and disappointments through all stages of our lives, the people who persevere will succeed those who don’t will fall short. Nothing in life comes easy you have to work for everything and no matter how bad you get knocked down in life you have to get back up and keep going. I truly don't feel there is a greater preparation for this than sports.

4. How to be a Leader
Playing sports gives children at a young age, the opportunity to be leaders. Leafership can come from something as small as leading the team in stretches, allowing them to make their own decisions, or being the team captain. Once they are given this chance to lead, they will become more confident leading others therefore creating leadership skills that most kids rarely have the opportunity to learn. This all can be transferred into the workplace. Adults containing leadership qualities have a higher chance of succeeding.

5. Taking Instructions
Playing sports you will have an array of coaches some you hate and some you love. Some may even become life long friends and mentors. All your coaches will teach your child something--and maybe even you! While playing sports you will learn to respect your elders through interaction with coaches and referees. You will have to learn how to take direction, follow rules and show respect through out the course of the game.

This by far is one of the greatest lessons they can take with them in the work world because you will always have a boss and like a coach you may or may not get along with them but no matter what you have to listen to them and carry out their directions.

My daughter will play sports because I believe learning these skills are crucial for a successful life and I believe sports is one of the best ways to teach a young child. I played sports throughout my life and I don’t think there was a better way for me to learn these life lessons while making best friends, it kept things fun! Only sports and life can provide you with the highest high one-minute followed by the lowest low.

Team picture 2008

March 2017

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