By Sarah Lyons
If you are considering signing your child up for a team sport, but have reservations about the investment of your time and money, consider the benefits it can have for your child. Team sports provide the opportunity for your child to get some exercise and also provide the opportunity for social interaction and growth in their self confidence.
Encourages a life outside school
Become part of a team
Praise from coaches and other players
Appreciation of diversity
You can’t always be the winner in team sports. Kids learn to lose, good sportsmanship and how to be empathetic when your teammates make mistakes. Jim Carrier, soccer coach and father of two says, “I wanted them to learn to win graciously, lose without losing, how to work together, support their teammates, a good work ethic, the joy of victory, confidence, and leadership skills. And most importantly, a place they belong.” Kids in all levels of sports, competitive or recreational, have the opportunity to gain priceless benefits that will last a lifetime.