It’s National Youth Sports Week, which is a great opportunity to highlight the advantages of getting the kiddos involved in a sport.
Developmental Advantages of Youth Sports
Sports practice, training, and games fall into the category of ‘structured play’. This type of play is great for kids for many developmental reasons.
- Bringing children together to interact under adult supervision instills good practices (such as fair play, and being considerate to others) and discourages bad ones (bullying, exclusion, etc.)
- Bringing adults and kids together gives kiddos positive role models and mentors- which are great resources as they mature and start navigating the world more independently.
- Children also get a chance to practice making relationships, connecting, and teamwork. This type of cohesion and belongingness is critical for healthy development.
- Plus, social skills are invaluable skills, the more you can practice them, the better off you’ll be in the long run.
- Sports provide an outlet where children (indeed all humans) can channel their frustrations and fears, helping them overcome and work through these emotions.
- Focus, memory and attention are all boosted by physical activity.
Physical Health Advantages of Sports
It’s not news to anyone that sports provide an excellent opportunity to MOVE, and movement is essential to our physical wellbeing. After all, it’s true what they say, “either you move it or you lose it!” Here is a short list of the physical benefits of sports and movement:
- Increased muscle tone
- Better balance
- Improved fine and gross motor skills
- Increased heart and lung fitness
- Lower chances of
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Breast and colon cancer in later years
Enrolling your Kid in Sports
In the name of health and well-being, find a way to fit in some structured physical movement (sports!) into the lifestyle of you and your littles. Check out these websites for ideas of youth sports teams in NYC.
- New York Sports Connection
- New York City Parks
- Positive Coach
- West Side Little League
- Brooklyn Community Board