By: Marcus. M
Often times when we consider sport, we tend to believe that sport is just a game. A game that consists of two teams playing each other or in individual sports two players competing against each other. In sport the goal is to determine an outcome in which there is an ultimately one winner and a loser, but there is so much more to sport than just winning or losing a game. Sport should be portrayed in way more ways than just a game. Sport is an opportunity for youth to develop important life skills and life lessons that will help them in their future.
Sport participation provides youth with important skills, skills such as healthy competition, social skills and work ethic. Healthy competition is very important to understand, especially in a world where competition is relevant in just about anything you try and accomplish. Sport provides an opportunity to compete on a regular basis, allowing for youth to become more comfortable with a competitive atmosphere.
Another skill that sport provides for youth to develop is socialization with others. I know from personal experiences of playing sports, that just being surrounded by coaches and teammates everyday goes a long way in building social skills. Social skills are very important in your adult life especially when considering the work world and the dating world, being able to socialize and do it comfortably is a skill that could be very beneficial.
The last skill I’ll discuss is work ethic. In sport to get better at your craft you have to put the work in. Children often times don’t want to do things that are tough or challenging for them. They would rather just do the easier things or the more enjoyable things. Coaches and teammates have to hold each other accountable when it comes to work ethic. They have to preach the importance of effort opposed to results. If sport leaders help youth understand that, the more likely youth will become to open to the idea of working hard. Whether it be practice or workouts, sport allows for youth to understand the effectiveness and importance of work ethic and the younger you realize that the more prepared you’ll be later on in life.
The biggest benefit in sport, from a personal perspective, is the opportunity to be free and just live in the moment. When shaping the future of youth, it is important for there to be an activity or activities that benefit youth, but also that don’t take away from kids being kids. Many youth have their own struggles whether it be school issues or family issues, sport allows for youth to get away from all that and simply just be a kid. Sport provides a safe and enjoyable environment that succeeds far more than just a game in which there is plenty of valuable lessons are learned.
21 Life Lessons Kids Learn Through Youth Sports (2017) Retrieved from: http://www.basketballforcoaches.com/life-lessons/