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Playing a sport can be an important part of development for a child. Youth sports teach kids a myriad of lessons that they’ll carry throughout their lives, accompanying the broad term of “good sportsmanship.” No matter what the sport is, trying something new is an important part of growing up, and can teach kids valuable lessons. Here are just a few of the take-aways learned from youth sports:

Dedication

Playing a sport requires a fair degree of dedication. Kids will need to better prioritize their time so they can allow enough time to maintain their studies while also making it to practices. They will also need to get accustomed to the regularity of practices and games, which occur several times a week.  

Perseverance

Trying a new sport outside of their comfort zone will require perseverance. Children will continue to gain perseverance while playing sports as they face new obstacles and continue to push themselves past the challenging moments.

Responsibility

Not only will kids need to take special care of their equipment, but they’ll have to remember when practice and game time are. Youth sports will teach children to become more responsible  and will have repercussions when they aren’t. Often, if a child shows up late to practice or forgot part of their uniform or equipment, they’ll have to sit out or will receive a warning.

Leadership

One of the greatest qualities gained from playing a sport is leadership. The team captain or not, all players will learn the importance of teamwork and supporting one another through victory and defeat. Whether it be making new plays, organizing team snack, or keeping track of equipment, there are plenty of opportunities for leadership in youth sports.

Motivation

Goal-setting is a helpful lesson that can be carried across many aspects of life. As children achieve small goals set while playing, they’ll learn to remain optimistic and will become more motivated to achieve milestones throughout their time on a team and in life.

Respect

Sports are a great way to teach children the importance of respect. Not only will they be responsible for listening to and obeying their coach and referees, but they’ll have to respect their teammates. Without respect, it will be hard for a team to work together and achieve a win.

Empathy

Demonstrating empathy for others is a well-learned lesson gained from playing a team sport. Empathizing with teams who have lost, or even a player who is having a rough day will help kids demonstrate that they are a team player and have gained a sense of maturity.