Saturday, July 21, 2018

Team sports like soccer do more than just keep kids fit. By instilling healthy habits and keeping children busy and active, the team practices and games can help players not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally.

Fitness

With childhood obesity on the rise, team sports are a great solution to providing children with consistent exercise.

No “I” in Team

Having a team attitude not only encourages sportsmanship but also cooperation. Learning to work together to achieve a common goal teaches kids how to develop friendships and empathy.

Respect

Being part of a team means that everyone, from the star player to someone with little experience, deserves respect on and off the field.

Time Management

Learning to balance practice, homework and family time becomes imperative, especially as kids get older. Students playing sports have the opportunity to learn how to find a healthy balance among the different areas of their lives.

 A+ On and Off the Field

Physically active kids have up to 40% higher test scores, according to Project Play by the Aspen Institute.

Stress Relief

Sports are a great way to loosen up and play out any frustrations. Making friends on the team, having coaches and teammates as mentors also help kids let out any worry or stress they have developed during the day.

Winning Isn’t Everything

Life isn’t always fair and referee calls don’t always seem to be fair either. Athletes have to learn how to deal with disappointment, making young players stronger as they grow older. No team wins every game, but a loss can teach the true importance of perseverance and never giving up.