Having an active lifestyle is important to encourage from a young age particularly as it prepares kids for a healthy, more successful future. Sport specific skills aside there are many benefits that kids get from participating in sports generally. These skills encourage positive mindset, good mental health and ambitious kids who work hard for their own success.
Sport is a natural stress reliever so as children go through difficult times they will have the option of sports as a way to relax their minds and escape from the difficulties they are facing at school or at home. Following on from that playing sports gives them access to a network of support in the from of coaches and teammates who they can turn to if they need someone to talk to. Teammates often make lifelong friends for kids as they go through everything together at similar ages and have similar interests. With this comes socialisation skills, which will be essential as kids grow up.
Kids will also benefit from improved self-esteem and confidence, as kids are encouraged to be the best they can be for the team and receive compliments from teammates, coaches and parents for doing well. Recognition from teammates is highly appreciated and reminds kids that their peers like them; which not only leads back into better social skills but also enables kids to feel good about themselves. When things don’t go well on the pitch/track/court/etc they are given constructive criticism which enables them to get better and feel good from it. We often learn more through our mistakes and are therefore able to feel more confident when we successfully overcome these barriers – these same principals apply to children. The idea that success comes from hard work and overcoming barriers build discipline that is an important in helping kids know that hard work is important in the future.
We’ve already discussed some of the benefits linked to team sports however there is one more major advantage of getting your kids involved in team sports and that is learning to be responsible. Whether that is taking responsibility for mistakes or taking responsibility for the role that is required from their position these are important skills that can applied to all other areas of life. Responsibility is something all parents want to teach their kids and team sports can be a fun way to introduce these skills.
Finally, one of the most important things that sport teaches to people at all ages is good communication skills. No matter what ages your kids get involved in sports there are communication benefits to be had. These skills will be beneficial for development within the sport and general life skills. Kids will learn how to talk about things they’re learning, reflect on what has happened and discuss their hopes for future games which are all skills that can be transferred to adult conversations .