Youth sports not only play an important role in exercise but promotes mental and psychological advances as well. It is well-known that children who participate in sports are less likely to drop out of school, and become involved in drugs and alcohol activity, while they also excel in academic performances and sociability.
Physical development: Children who participate in sports develop stronger muscles and bones, and the stronger you are, the less likely you will suffer from physical injury. Participating in physical exercise before and during the onset of puberty helps reach peak bone mass, enabling them to develop stronger muscles and bones that will be the foundation for future growth.
Improves endurance: Participating in sports improves cardiovascular endurance. Increased cardiovascular health decreases the risk for heart disease which is the number one killer disease.
Builds character: Playing sports at a young age enables children to participate in social interactions and build skills such as teamwork, leadership, and responsibility as they learn to work with others to achieve a common goal. This type of setting allows children to develop and practice different mental and moral qualities they acquire from their surroundings on the field, at the school, and home.
Boosts self-esteem: Being part of a team with similar goals will increase the child’s value of their self. What they contribute to the team whether it be in leadership positions or in fulfilling important roles will ultimately contribute to the boost in their self-esteem and their confidence.
Teaches discipline: Playing sports require athletes to be disciplined in tactical, mental and physical aspects. To succeed in sports you must have self-restraint, and behave in a controlled and precise manner. Good discipline translates to life situations to achieve goals and reach their fullest potential.
Develop teamwork skills: Teamwork is a skill you are going used for years to come, so it is important to learn the basics early. Youth sports provide children important lessons in team dynamics. Everyone must work together to achieve their goals, and sports allow children to sort through each other’s strengths and weaknesses to decide what strategy works best for the team.
Promotes healthy competition: While naysayers like to claim youth sports are becoming too competitive, it is inevitable that as they grow, children will face competition in school, the workplace, and their personal lives, so they must learn how to interact in competitive environments.