Five Reasons Why Your Child Should Play Sports

Youth basketball player dribbling a basketball during a YMCA youth sport league game.

Sports are a part of our culture and touch nearly everyone’s life to some degree. Getting your child involved in sports has many benefits; however, some parents also have some valid concerns about involving their child in sports, like time commitments and the potential for injuries. You know your child, but generally, the benefits of playing sports far outweigh the drawbacks. 

Here are the five biggest reasons why you should let your child play sports and never look back.

Sports are Fun!

...and that is - by far - the most important thing. Remember, they are kids and playing with or making new friends while running around is fun. As a bonus, they will unwittingly learn life lessons and team strategies. If you or your child is hesitant, take them to a game and let them see how the game works and the interaction among the players. Soon they will be itching to join the fun!

Promoting an Active Lifestyle

It stands to reason that being on the move helps kids stay in shape and builds athleticism and endurance. Playing sports can also help to reduce body fat, control body weight, help fight depression and anxiety and strengthen bones. Developing an active lifestyle early means that there’s a better chance that kids maintain it in the long run.

Learning Sportsmanship

In sports leagues there are winners and losers, competition is part of the game, but more importantly, kids learn sportsmanship and how to overcome adversity. Learning how to deal with things that don’t go your way, like a missed shot or foul call, help children grow. Being a good sport, both in athletics and life is essential to being a good citizen. 

Time-management Skills

There is a time commitment when joining a sport, but that is where kids begin to learn important time-management skills. If your child knows he has a game that evening but cannot play unless his homework is done, he is more likely to get that homework done before the game! Your child starts disciplining themselves and setting priorities without even realizing they are doing it.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Teamwork is an important life skill. It's also an essential part of team sports. Participation in sports allows kids to make lasting friendships, develop communication skills, feel a sense of community and learn to respect their teammates and coaches.

Even athletes in individual sports learn to work as a team with their coach and make lasting friendships with others in their sport.