How to Benefit from Youth Sports

Millions of children nationwide take part in one or more youth sports throughout the year, and it is not uncommon for children to start participating in athletics as early as four to five years of age. Coaches and parents who volunteer can help these children get the most out of youth sports participation, and it is important to note that in order for these benefits to be recognized and appreciated by the young athlete, they must be included and emphasized in all practice and game plans.


By participating in youth sports, the athlete will:

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    Develop and become proficient at the various sports skills.
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    Develop skills needed to socialize with their peers as well as adults.
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    Develop independence and confidence.
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    Develop a sense of achievement, which helps develop a positive self-image.
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    Develop leadership skills and qualities.
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    Learn how to cooperate and compete.
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    Develop agility, coordination, endurance, flexibility, speed and strength.
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    Develop the ability to make decisions and accept responsibilities.
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    Learn to understand and express emotions, imagination, and appreciation for what the body can do.
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    Develop an interest in continuing sports participation as an adult.

Tips

  • Encourage all participants. It will inspire effort and confidence and team spirit.
  • Make each athlete feel like an important member of the team. What each individual gets out of his/her experience relies on them feeling like they're a team member, a contributor.
  • Lead by example. Coaches and parents shoulder the responsibility of being role models. These are learning years for children. Benefits are both short- and long-term!

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