Being part of a team is important for kids for a number of reasons.
If you want your child to grow up to be a confident and well-adjusted adult, then team sports may well be the answer.
When you play a team sport you learn that it doesn’t just come down to the best player. It comes down to working as a team, accepting decisions and understanding that people have different abilities.
- Team sports provide children with important lessons on personal values.
- Children who play team sports are less likely to feel isolated.
- Team sports can encourage parents to become active with their kids.
- Team sports help children deal with winning and losing.
- Team sports can help kids overcome shyness.
When your children take part in team sports they develop:
- Friendship and camaraderie
- Cooperation and teamwork skills
- Leadership skills
- Appreciation of different abilities
- Respect for team mates/ opponents/officials
- A sense of belonging/team membership
- Social interaction skills
- Physical skills
- Self-esteem and self-concept
- Team goal-setting skills
- self-discipline, patience and persistence
- resilience through sharing positive and negative experiences.
Teams sports give children the opportunity to:
- Be less selfish and to think of other people
- Deal with losing as well as winning. They learn that things are not going to go their way, or the team’s way, all the time
- Overcome shyness by putting them into situations where they need to communicate with others
- Become more sociable in different environments. They have to deal with different people, who may or may not be their friends.
Getting Active, Together
With so much research emphasising the benefits of getting more exercise rather than being a couch potato, knowing their child is involved in team sports can put a parent’s mind at ease.
It’s satisfying for parents to know that your kids are getting fit and healthy instead of just playing electronic games or watching television. Sometimes parents look at their kids running around and think that perhaps they can get together and do something like that, too.