Are Organized Sports Good For Children?
By Colby Brister
Most schools have different kinds of sports activities for children to participate in, be it football, archery, basketball, swimming, and so on. Some children are athletic and enjoy the sports, while others avoid them at all cost. Certain sports are mandatory, such as swimming, which is a part of gym instruction.
Some parents are sports enthusiasts and think organized sports are a great idea, while others think the academic aspect of school should take priority over anything else. Parents sometimes put a lot of stress on their children when it comes to sports activities. The child is often urged to participate whether or not he or she wants to. This does not promote a healthy attitude towards play, exercise and socializing for the child. In fact, a child may turn completely away from the activities that have been forced upon them by rebelling in very harmful ways.
Organized sports benefit a child because they learn what it means to function as a team, and be a team player. Learning how to accept winning and losing graciously is part of growing up. Leadership qualities are developed, as well. Good sportsmanship is an important lesson to learn. But, as a parent it is important to learn and grow with your child when choosing the best sport for them to be involved. A child who is forced into a sport that he or she hates will sometimes resort to intentionally failing in academics simply to avoid being forced to play.
Academic studies will carry a student well into the future, while participating in a sports activity will build character and leadership qualities needed for a career goal. Any student should be allowed to choose what, if any, sport they want to participate in. Sports activities have good and bad qualities. Yes, they build character, but there are times when one who is forced to be a player and is not all that good at it, is put in a position of having to defend himself against those who choose to bully or harass him. What does that teach the students?
Learning about fairness is another plus for the idea of organized sports. And the fact that one doesn't always come out a winner. Its all about how the game is played, and not the results. Some students are just not comfortable with playing any sports, and prefer to concentrate on their studies, and there is nothing wrong with that mode of thinking. Character is built in many ways, and it's how one chooses to do it that counts.
If someone is pushed into a sport activity, and fails, it leaves a lasting impression on them. Failure, and not living up to the expectations of someone else, can do more harm than good. If a student wants to participate and learns that he really isn't very good at it, choosing to stop playing is a choice that should be theirs, and only theirs. Parents and schools should not push or insist that their child be active in any sport that doesn't make them comfortable.
About the Author: Colby Brister is the loving parent of one boy and one girl, he is also a writer for MyBabyBeddingShop.Com.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, organized sports are a beneficial type of exercise for kids only for children who are ready for the demands and expectations that come along with structured sports.
A good youth sports coach will not only know the ins and outs of the sport. He or She will also be trained in child development. As a coach teaches sports skills, it’s important for the coach to be able to understand what the players are capable of cognitively, socially, and physically.
Look for programs that require coaches to attend regular youth sports coach training.
If the demands exceed a child’s current level of maturation, participation in organized sports can actually be harmful to a child. Parents should evaluate a child's age and skill level before enrollment, Let your child pick the sport he or she wants to participate in.
Organized sport programs for children should complement, not replace, the regular physical activity that is a part of free.
The benefits for girls who play sports are they are more comfortable taking leadership roles in group settings.
Also, according to recent research, female athletes are less likely to get pregnant than female non-athletes, more likely to get better grades in school and more likely to graduate. Girls are more likely to have a positive body image and higher self-esteem. They also are less likely to be overweight.
Organized sports also offer boys and girls opportunities for socialization and friendship. Some of the drawbacks are parents and coaches obsessed with wining and parents who dream of their child becoming a professional athlete or getting a college scholarship, while disregarding Fun and the values of sportsmanship and fair play.