Child Sports

By Vanessa Rasmussen, © 2004, All rights reserved.

Sports provide a positive learning experience that will enhance your child's ability to develop self confidence, good sportsmanship and teamwork skills. Sports also teach the children to work hard and have a little fun at the same time. It has been estimated that 22 million children and youth, ages 6 to 18, are involved in organized sports outside of school. Research indicates that participation in sports can promote healthy development.

In sports, children are challenged both mentally and physically. Coaches teach the roles of the game, strategy to win, and how to work together. Your child will also build skills, endurance, and strength.

According to the American Sport Education Program (1994), sports participation:

It is important to remember that the attitudes and behavior taught to children in sports carry over to adult life. Parents should take an active role in helping their child develop good sportsmanship. To help your child get the most out of sports, you need to be actively involved.

Here are a few suggestions:

Participation in youth sports provides numerous opportunities for healthy development physically, socially, and morally. The key to children gaining these benefits comes from coaches, parents, and others adults not only teaching children how to play the sports, but also supporting and demonstrating how to be a good sport. This can be done not only during the game, but also when playing softball in the backyard.

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