We are a big sports family. My husband was very active in high school and college playing in several sports. I also played sports growing up. As soon as we thought our daughter was ready, we enrolled her in soccer. Unlike some, we waited until we thought she was old enough to understand and really learn the sport. For us, it was age 5. Pre-K girls soccer was really fun to watch! I had no idea how it was going to go, but we really enjoyed it. The girls were so cute and small but yet tried to score. After that first season, we took a year and a half off. We had a baby, and we grew even busier. The next year we put our daughter in soccer again along with some of her fellow kindergarten friends. She wasn’t really excited about it. If it had been up to her, she wouldn’t have played again. I’m so glad I enrolled her on the team and ‘pushed’ her through it. Playing team sports can really teach kids a lot of life skills.
1. “Team” Player The expression “There is no I in team” comes to mind for this. Playing a team sport you learn that you are not the only one. You have to work together. My daughter is learning skills on how to get along with others and work together. She’s learning to communicate. These are skills she will need later on in life at any kind of job!
2. Exercise Any sport is good exercise! You’re up running and being active. No tv’s or Ipads around, just some good sunshine and fresh air. It does great things for your body!
3. Sportsmanship You don’t always win. Not everyone plays fair. In life, you do not always win. Playing a sport helps kids see that you don’t win all the time. You are going to lose a game just like you might not get the job you want, or get into the college you want to attend. It’s okay to lose. It’s actually a good thing. I am not a parent that sugar coats everything and keeps my daughter winning. What is important though, is being a good sport no matter what. (even when you don’t win!)
4. Dedication/Commitment When you sign up for a sport, your team depends on you. Coaches want you at practices AND games. It got hectic at times driving around to all the said fields and games. I got tired of all the shin guards and tall socks and all the washing, but we pushed on. The team was counting on my daughter to be there so we went. We made a commitment for the season so we hung in there until the bitter end.
5. Having fun Being on a team or sport should be fun. That’s what really matters to me anyway, as long as she has fun!
*Update: I wrote this post almost 2 years ago and my daughter is still loving soccer has her main sport. She is still having fun (even when it’s 100 degrees outside!) and that’s the important thing!
Do your kids play sports or do some sort of team activity?