Kids leave sports for reasons not just because it was a bad sport. Most kids leave because of the added pressures to win. Most kids play sports to learn how to play the right way, and to have fun. If someone could find the bliss between the two, youth sports would be the best thing that ever happened to the world. There is such thing as healthy competition.
Have you ever wanted to live an active and healthy life, as well as an improvement in grades? I believe youth sports will help all of those problems and many more. Most sports are team sports that also teach your child teamwork. Playing youth sports is a terrific experience for you or your child. There are many reasons why I feel that children should play youth sports.
Why do children play sports? Well, sports are not only a fun game for kids, but they serve as life lessons that can help a child not only a success currently but in the future. Although others think that sports for youth have nothing to do with educating children in any way, it is easy to see that sports teach life lessons to kids. To add on, many other people think that sports do teach valuable life lessons too. First of all, it is worth mentioning how sports can help a child, which is boosting their confidence.
While it is true that becoming a champion could be pressurizing to a younger child, wanting to be the best around at something is something that carries on even outside of sports, into life. We should be expecting kids to want to compete to win, not just to be participating. To be the winner of a sport will give you the mental mindset to be the best at other things later in life, such as being the best at their job, or being the best in school. One way that participation trophies could actually work is if each award was given to the child player with a purpose. The coach stating each players strength on the team as they hand them the award could give a powerful message to the children, showing them that they have control over their success.
It may not be their job; however, it is their responsibility to be a good role model. Kids these days look up to athletes because they have accomplished a goal that seems almost impossible to them. They inspire children to chase their dreams and to work hard for what they want in life. “As long as there is a dream, there is a dreamer”
Sports for the youth are getting a huge number of injuries. Parents and coaches are making kids all tensed up in a single sport. But, others think that this would teach the kid how to physically play that certain sport and push them to get better at that sport. Kids that start sports too early can lead to bad health, kids are getting pressured in the sport, kids are getting more injuries from the present then the past. Here is what the one side has to say about youth sports.
Lombardi said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” I believe that some of the greatest things that I have learned through sports have been imparted upon me after I experienced some sort of adversity, great or small. I have been able to accept the fact that life is not always fair and that the only way to achieve success is through hard work and perseverance. Another lesson that I have learned through athletics is that nothing worth achieving can be achieved without working hard. High school sports not only require hard work in season, but also many months of hard work and sweat in the off-season. Great success can only be achieved when months of hard work finally pay off.
In the article “Why Parents Should Let Their Kids Play Dangerous Sports,” Jeb Golinkin states that “Behind the scenes, children learn the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, toughness and competitiveness as well as how to strive, achieve success, and more importantly, how to fail” (530). I agree with Golinkin, but I think that sports teach children even more. I think that they teach children the fundamentals of communication, time management, leadership, as well as dedication. Without communication skills, children won’t be able to adapt well in college or even their future careers and without time management skills, children will struggle to prioritize and use their time efficiently. These values are a part of what makes children grow up into successful adults and without them, I suspect that children would struggle more in school and
Competitive sports for children can be dangerous in many ways. Kids are always spraining, breaking, dislocating, or fracturing parts of their body. Sports cost lots of money for equipment, entry fees, and for the other things that are needed to be paid. Also children have slim chances of making it into professional and college leagues. Many people think that sports are healthy for kids, but that isn’t the truth.
“I will never be satisfied!” Many athletes may have heard this statement once or twice in their athletic careers from their coaches, but to hear it come from a parent is very unexpected. In the documentary Trophy Kids, follows the story of five families whose life is centered on their child’s success in sports. It goes behind the scenes of what each of the parent’s strategies are in order to push their child to the next level of becoming the next all-star athlete. Although, what they fail to realize is they lose sight of what is important. That is, it is important for their children to enjoy the sport and for the parents to not get caught up in the hype that the child will one day be a professional athlete.