If your child has expressed interest in a sport, finding a league or school team for them to participate in can spark a passion for physical activity that lasts a lifetime. One of the best ways to encourage children to exercise is to show them how it can be enjoyable, and one way to do that is through organized sports. Participating on a team provides a myriad of health benefits for children. See how organized sports for kids can make a huge difference in their lives.
When a child shows interest in a sport(s), make it a goal to play that sport/those sports with him/her at least once a week. The repetition will help build a healthy habit, and when your child is ready to play on a team, the transition will be easy. These same healthy habits can also help keep children engaged and out of trouble as they get older.
Social Skills Improvement
In team sports, a group of people comes together to achieve a common goal. This is a great way to teach children cooperation and teamwork.When a child discovers how to put the needs of others before their own, it increases their ability to socialize, both on and off the field. They learn to identify their peers’ strengths as well as their own. The more a child plays a team sport, the more they see the value in sharing the spotlight.
Childhood can be full of fun experiences, but children also face stressful social situations on a daily basis. When the stress becomes too much to deal with, it can lead to a child having lower self-esteem. Organized sports can help build a child’s confidence, boosting his/her sense of self-worth, which translates to a happier life overall.
When a child’s team suffers a loss, his/her natural instinct is likely to be sad and the child may cast blame on their teammates. A good children’s sports coach understands that a loss is an opportunity for children to learn about the value of a setback. When things don’t go their way, children need to learn how to figure out what went wrong and what can be done to improve the outcome next time. Practices following a loss can serve as a time to improve upon mistakes and help a child grow in his/her sport. In addition, losses can help kids appreciate a team win even more, and know the importance of good sportsmanship as they themselves know what it feels like to lose.
If your child just can’t seem to sit still, talk to them about what sports may interest them. Even if they mention a sport that you have no experience playing yourself, give them a chance to experience that type of competition for themselves. They will reap the rewards of a physical activity in a way that is fun and encouraging.
Exercise is a great way to improve heart health. Check out our blog post “Improving Heart Health for Kids: 3 Things Parents Should Know” to learn about other ways you can give your child a healthier heart. Physical activity is just part of the heart health equation, so discover what else matters today!