There are numerous wonderful benefits your child can receive from participating in a team sport. Physically it will help them maintain a healthy weight and prevent conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease later in life. It can also help to reduce stress, improve vision, and increase vitamin D levels.
Enjoyment of sports at a young age encourages children to develop life skills that will assist them in becoming healthy adults by fostering team-building skills and allowing your child to meet new people and form friendships. If playing sports doesn’t necessarily come naturally to your child but they enjoy playing them, hard work and practice will show improvements in their sports skills, which will build their self-confidence on and off the field. They will overcome shyness by learning to communicate with others on their team and become more sociable in different environments. They may not necessarily be friends with the children on the team at first but they will learn the importance of how to interact with others and work towards a common goal.
Here are some additional benefits of playing a team sport that will help build within your child:
- A sense of friendship and camaraderie
- Cooperation and teamwork skills
- Leadership skills
- Appreciation of different abilities
- Respect for teammates/ opponents/officials
- A sense of belonging/team membership
- Social interaction skills
- Physical skill and exercise
- Team goal-setting skills
- Self-discipline, patience, and persistence
- Resilience through sharing positive and negative experiences
Some great team sports to consider having your child try this summer could be baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, hockey, softball, volleyball, archery, football, track and field, swimming, lacrosse, and more! If it’s too late to sign up now, a great way to get them involved is by playing a friendly game in your neighborhood or at your local YMCA.
Your child will quickly feel the benefits of staying active, teamwork, and personal growth as they play a sport this summer!