Have you ever been told that you are too young to be playing in competitive sports?
Research shows that introducing sports at a young age can make a positive impact on a child’s life. Sports gives children a great foundation in life. It teaches them lessons that will help them grow into well rounded adults. Although there are many people who will say that children playing competitive sports is a negative, studies prove that competitive sports creates competence, confidence, connections, and character.
Kids playing sports helps cognitive and academic development. Playing sports help children manage their time better. Everyday i have volleyball practice after school so when I have homework due sometime that week, I will do what I can on the weekend. Every Thursday I have volleyball practice from 3:15 - 4:45 and then I have softball practice from 6:00-7:30. When I come back from volleyball, I do all the work that I can do and then I will go to softball practice and come home and finish my homework. Most times if I have a test on Fridays, I study for them that whole week so I don’t to do it that night. Children who play sports typically make better grades than children who don’t. This is because in order to stay on a team you have to maintain a C average. If you get below that average, you have to sit the bench for the next game. Youth athletes also has to have good organizational skills by learning the art of multi-tasking and observation. When your team isn’t playing a game, always watch another team so you can see what to expect when you play them. When I play softball, I always try to remember where the girl hit the ball last time so I can set up so I know where to play the ball. Also, always listen to your coaches even if you don’t agree with them. They were put there for a reason!
What do kids gain by playing competitive sports at a young age? Kids gain social interactions, it enhances their self esteem, it builds friendships, trust, and helps them solve problems. They gain social interactions by trying to gain access to on going play and appreciating the feelings of others. It enhances their self esteem by having interactions with their teammates, coaches, officials, and parents. They obtain friendships by having to communicate with each other both on and off the field. They learn how to solve problems by learning to work together and by trusting each other. Playing sports provides participants with opportunities to develop skills in communication and team building skills. Those skills help the young athletes function as effective leaders. Sports such as baseball, softball, football, running, bicycling, and swimming helps participants learn to treat others with respect,...