Help Give Kids A Sporting Chance

I can’t get my child into any kind of sports…
What can I do?

It is important that parents encourage their child to play a sport. Sports help children exercise, have fun, and learn the importance of team effort. Playing a sport builds a foundation of learning life skills that children take into later stages of development. Sports will keep the child active and not prone to playing video games or watching TV disproportionately.

Your commitment as a parent extends to encouraging your child to be exposed to many different kinds of sports from soccer, baseball, softball, t -ball, basketball, football, dance, cheerleading, crew, swimming, wrestling, marital arts, tennis, gymnastics and many more. Being part of something larger than yourself, and working toward a common goal, helps children become better citizens.
It is important as a parent to expose your child early to the fundamentals of a sport that you may also have enjoyed. Start young by throwing the ball, hitting, running and helping the child become familiar with the tools of a particular sport and becoming more confident in obtaining skills.

Make time to take your child to an empty park or field and have them walk around to experience and get excited about a sport and what it may be like when the field is active. Take them to games in person to enjoy the excitement of a competitive sport and team spirit; have them try on team shirts and shoes.

Exposure to different kinds of sports helps the child determine which sport is their personality. Different personalities enjoy different sports. Some like being on a team, while others like the perseverance of beating their own time or level in sports such as swimming or gymnastics.

Team building teaches goal setting, cooperation, discipline and commitment.

Being a team parent does require commitment. Find other parents that can help carpool. If you are not available for tournaments on weekends, try martial arts or a dance class that meets in the evening. Being a team parent can be a rewarding experience and your child will always remember you being at their games. On the ride to and from practice you can discuss skills and it can provide a chance to connect in ways you may not be able to at home.

Developing a sport in elementary school will help middle school children when they get in their new school to have a better sense of belonging. A sport pulls from all groups and gives children a sense of purpose.

Sports are one of the best places for kids to learn the importance of practice and determination.

The most important benefit of playing sports is the lifetime memories. They will not remember exams, or day to day classes, but their team will always be remembered. Expose your child to sports.

The life lesson of getting good at something by perseverance and hard work is a factor that will play into their adult life. A new study at Cornell University showed that kids who played in team sports in high school made better employees and were looked on favorably by interviewers.

The most important benefit of playing sports is the lifetime memories. They will not remember exams, or day to day classes, but their team will always be remembered. Expose your child to sports.