5 Reasons Why Kids Should Play Sports

Youth sports, particularity football, have been catching a lot of bad press lately. Sports might not be for every young person, but these are five essential reasons kids should play team sports:

1. Kids need constructive feedback

Sports are filled with constructive feedback, if kids get the opportunity to play for a good coach. Most jobs in the workforce will require individuals to accept constructive criticism and adapt their behavior/actions to implement the feedback. Athletes get this all of the time in team sports. They have to learn a job on the field or court that is going to help their team win the contest. Coaches giving constant constructive feedback in high pressure situations that are learning tools for the future.

2. Adversity is everywhere

Overcoming adverse situations in team sports and understanding how to carry yourself in those moments is another immeasurable quality gained by competing. Adversity can rear its head in many different ways for different athletes. Having to overcome a physical injury to return to competition is one many kids face. You learn important things about yourself during those times.

3. Humble pie

Sports are a great way for kids to understand the reality of their physical abilities. I am not saying that because a kid isn’t good at sports he is a bad kid, but sports for me truly made me understand my athletic and even mental capabilities. One of my coaches asked me why how I could understand our game plan inside-out but get a C in biology. He proved to me that I just need to apply myself like I do in sports in the classroom.

4. Communication is key

Kids playing sports have to communicate constantly. There is communication in competition that forces effective and direct language with players and coaches. This helps build team work skills for the future. Communicating off the field with coaches and teachers is also useful for interactions anyone in the work force will face.

5. Compete, compete, compete

Being a competitor is another quality all workforce members with aspirations should obtain. Most companies have competitors that kids will work against to out-perform. Athletes face competition within their own team as well against opponents. Coach John Wooden defines competitive greatness saying, “(Competitive greatness) is the ability to be at your best when your best is needed.” Experiences in sports can teach kids to be at their best when it is needed.

I am not saying sports is for everyone because they aren’t. Nor do I think qualities above can’t be acquired outside of sports. Some people think sports is just a bad way for kids to get hurt, and as a parent you do run that risk. I just believe my up bringing in team sports taught me skills I may not have learned if I didn’t.