Participating in a youth sports organization (either a team sport like baseball or a individual one like tennis) may not be for every child, but you never know until you try! Even if your child only participates in one season of youth sports before deciding they’d rather move on to dance, band, art, the math team or any other extracurricular activity, here are X reasons why it’s worth giving youth sports a go:
1. Encourage a healthier lifestyle.
Hopefully belonging to a youth sports team will encourage your child to get up and get active. The great thing about belonging to a youth soccer or basketball team is that its exercise disguised as fun! A lot of kids don’t jump at the chance to go for a run, but they get really excited when they have an upcoming game. Getting your child involved in youth sports can help make physical activity apart of their daily life now and (hopefully) for years to come.
2. Make new friends.
Not only are youth sports organizations a great place to learn the value of teamwork and commitment, it’s just a great way for your child to make new friends! Not only will they get to know their teammates, but they might even strike up a friendship with players on the opposing teams. And sports parents can make new friends too! You’ll be spending a lot of time on the sidelines this season with the same sports moms and dads, why not expand your own social circle?
3. Accomplish something.
Making a game winning touchdown, hitting a homerun, nailing a three-pointer—these are all great accomplishments that youth athlete’s can hang their hats on and be proud of. Everyone deserves to feel like they’ve accomplished something, and belonging to a youth sports organization gives your child the opportunity to set and achieve goals. Youth sports is a great way to build self-esteem!
4. Get better at time management.
Sports should never supersede school, but it’s also not fair to leave your teammates hanging. Belonging to a youth sports team can help teach kids understand the importance of time management, a valuable life skill that even many adults still struggle with. You have to learn to organize and prioritize your schedule is you want to do everything on your to-do list.
There are plenty of other reasons to get involved in youth sports, or at the very least give it a try. You might be surprised—maybe your child will discover they love swimming, or running or lacrosse, something they would have never had the opportunity to discover if they hadn’t given youth sports at least a chance. If at the end of the season your child decides that sports just isn’t for them at least they’ll know for sure.