Here’s a summary of why kids should be involved in youth sports. Take these benefits as a way to recruit kids in your community. So why should kids play?
It’s Fun. Having fun is what youth sports are all about. Yes, it is possible to have fun even if you are having a losing season. It always starts at practice. Coaches should focus on making practice time fun because when it’s fun, it’s productive. Throw in a activity or two during the practice week. This will allow kids to enjoy themselves and it will keep them interested in sports.
Develop New Skills. Playing team sports requires children to communicate with both teammates and coaches. Teamwork is probably the most important skill that is needed to be successful in not just sports but in life. Teamwork is needed even more so in teen and adulthood, just as young adults start to enter the workforce. Youth sports will help children learn to work with other people as one TEAM. Youth sports will also assist in the development of social skills, which is a necessity to be successful in life.
Making Friends. Playing sports will also allow children to make new friends. Playing team sports will help develop team chemistry and a sense of brotherhood. These friendships can last for a lifetime.
Develop Competitiveness. Life is about competition- whether it is playing a team sport or applying for a job. Nothing is given to you in life so it is important that children learn how to work hard and compete for everything. Set goals and work competitively towards them is what youth sports should be about. When I say “competitiveness” I do not mean that it is all about winning. Compete with yourself and work hard to achieve a desired goal. Children need to learn to always compete and set high goals for themselves. Competitors work hard and have resilience.
Become Physically Fit. Youth sports will introduce children into physical activities. Our country’s obesity rate is at alarming levels. This is primarily because of poor nutrition (fast foods) and the growing interests and developments of video games. Kids play video games, but the kids that are addicted to them are the ones that rather stay inside on a nice day and play games. If it is a nice day, children should be outside playing. Kids need to stay active and participate in youth sports and recreation. Parents need to push their children to be physically fit.
Keep Children Busy (and out of trouble). Playing sports will help keep children busy after school. Participating in youth sports and recreational activities will help keep the children out of trouble. It will keep children in a controlled and positive environment. It will also get the kids in good physical condition and it will keep them away from those unproductive 6 hour long video game sessions.