Competitive youth sports aren’t for everyone, and there is nothing wrong with that! However, just because your child doesn’t want to take their athletic career to the next level and join a high-powered travel team, that doesn’t mean they have to give up sports all together. Intramural sports are a great way to keep kids active and healthy, but don’t require the same time and monetary commitment that belonging to a more structured youth sports organization might require.
Here are 3 more benefits of intramural sports:
There is less pressure to perform.
Intramural sports are all about having fun. And while we’d like to think that is the main goal of any youth sports organization, as athletes get older the pressure to perform, compete and win gets more fierce. At a certain point, your youth athlete may decide that while they like playing soccer/basketball/football/lacrosse, they don’t have the passion that some of their teammates do for it. They may still want to play, but don’t want to take sports as seriously as belonging to an organized team would require. Belonging to an intramural sports program gives them the chance to still play and socialize, but takes away all the pressure to perform. It really is about just loving to play.
Intramural sports are great social activities.
Belonging to an intramural sports league is a great way for your child to meet new people and make new friends. Since most intramural sports organizations have an “open door” policy, there is always someone new stopping by.
Kids get to try out a new sport.
Belonging to an intramural sports league gives your child a little more flexibility when it comes to trying new sports (or any other extracurricular activities). There is no need to “specialize” in intramural sports; you can play whatever you want each season! This is a great opportunity for your child to try a new sport (badminton? squash? cross country?) or test out a sport before deciding to join a youth sports league. This is also useful for sports parents, since you won’t have to purchase expensive gear only to have your child play for one season because they realized they didn’t really like hockey/football/ice skating after all.
SportsSignup is dedicated to promoting active and healthy lifestyles among kids through sports. We don’t care whether you want to play on a world-class travel team or just a pickup game of basketball down at the park—just get out there and play!