November 3, 2009
The Importance of Childhood Sports by Chuck Stewart
People have played sports for thousands of years, after the Greeks created many of the sports we have today. Almost every town in the United States offers at least a few recreational sports teams for children. Also, most U.S. cities offer places and coaching for kids who wish to practice an individual sport, such as gymnastics. It is important for parents to realize it is important that their children participate in youth sports.
The benefits of youth sports are innumerable. One advantage of youth sports is that kids learn about teamwork. Also, through sports, children gain self confidence when they are awarded sports medals for winning games and custom ribbons for kids who do well in individual sports. Finally, children learn how to live in a world with healthy competition. All of these and more are reasons why parents should have their children play youth sports.
Playing sports in childhood teaches children about teamwork. Teamwork is a life skill that almost everyone must learn at some point in their lives. This is a skill that children should learn early, so they are used to working in teams as they become students and eventually adults. Children learn teamwork through sports when their coaches tell them to pass the ball to one of their teammates. Children also learn teamwork by working with their fellow athletes towards a common goal of winning whatever game they are playing.
Youth sports also gives kids confidence. When a child wins a game with their teammates or a competition for an individual sport, they feel a sense of pride and confidence. Pride and confidence are two things that, as adults, are necessary to have when trying to find a job and after finding a job are two things that help a person continue to be successful at their work.
Finally, competition is everywhere in the United States. It is important for children to learn, while they are young, that there is such thing as healthy competition. Children learn this from their sports teams when they shake hands with the opposing team at the end of the game and tell their competitors that they had a good game. Children who do not learn that there is such thing as healthy competition can grow up to be extremely competitive, which can harm them when they are working.
The reasons listed above are probably the most important reasons for parents to have their children involved in youth sports. There are so many life skills that children can learn from participating in childhood athletics. It is also important for children to learn early certain life skills that will be necessary to have as an adult. The best way for kids to learn these important life skills is to participate in sports, which is something almost every child enjoys anyway and there are lots of different sports to choose from, so parents do not have to make their child play only one specific sport. So, parents should make sure their children play youth sports so they can become well-adjusted adults and lead successful lives.
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