BENEFITS OF TEAM SPORTS
“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” quote from Mike Singletary
- Socialization. Children need social interaction for healthy development. Team sports give children the opportunity to acquire appropriate social skills, such as forming friendships, respecting others, being reliable, and learning cooperation.
- Good sportsmanship. Children learn how to graciously accept a win or a loss. Harry Sheehy said, “It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser.”
- Sense of belonging. Being on a team gives a sense of community and camaraderie.
- Life skills. Children are able to practice perseverance, patience, problem-solving, effort, communication, eye contact, listening, and empathizing. They learn how to encourage one another and improve their sense of humor.
- Cooperation with others. Through team sports children practice conflict resolution and forgiveness. They learn to take turns and work with others.
- Self-esteem. Team sports help develop confidence and a positive self-image. Children learn that effort pays off.
- Physical activity. Team sports are a reliable form of exercise. In addition to team practices, coaches encourage players to practice on their own throughout the week. If you are a homeschooling parent, team sports count toward the Physical Education requirement.
- Positive influences. Coaches can be a monumental asset in a child’s development. Other players may have a positive impact as well.
- Knowledge of the sport. Participating in team sports builds familiarity with the sport. Your child will learn some sports vocabulary.
- Effort and determination. Derek Jeter once said, “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do – and I believe that.”
Before signing your child up for a sport, discuss the commitment. Test the sport out. If they are interested in baseball, try making a commitment to play catch in the yard for a few days in a row. Find sports that are enjoyable to your child. Children who are engaged in an activity will get to experience the benefits of team sports. They will be more willing to participate. If they do not enjoy the sport, it will only cause frustration and anxiety.
Possible team sports: baseball, basketball, American football, soccer, gymnastics, karate, dance, tennis, track, bowling leagues, ice-skating, hockey, lacrosse, volleyball