Over the last century, we have seen a rise in popularity with professional sports. Professional athletes are making more and more money these days and enjoying luxuries that some professional athletes a century ago could never imagine. It does spark a desire in many children’s heart to be a professional athlete.
Although many children have aspirations of living with these many luxuries, the real reason to let our children play sports has everything to do with sports being a great teacher.
I was reminded of this thought while watching and coaching my sons this past season. I have played and promoted being active with some team sporting activity all my life, especially for children. Team sports are great for teaching life lessons.
I fell in love with basketball as a child. Nothing stopped my brother and I from playing ball. No matter the weather conditions or our health at times, we would find a way to play basketball. It may have been our own backyard, someone else’s backyard, a community center, school, or a church gym; we were going to work basketball into our schedule.
Basketball taught my brother and I many lessons. We may have never played professional basketball, but we carried many of these lessons throughout life. So let me share some of these life lessons.
Life Lessons Learned From Playing Team Sports
1. You won’t win them all. Win or lose have a right attitude.
2. There is no “I” in team. Never underestimate the power of teamwork.
3. Good things come to those who practice the right way. Practice makes perfect.
4. Success can only occur with effective communication.
5. Everyone needs a good coach or mentor.
6. Make the most of every moment because you never know when it be your last.
7. Unselfish actions are the best ways to inspire your team.
8. Everyone on the team has something to offer.
There are many other reasons for sports, but these are 8 of the primary reasons why I believe kids should get involved with sports. I am still practicing these life lessons in all of my business dealings. This is one of the reasons my wife and I have encouraged our boys to play team sports.
Just about every job these days requires you to work with other people as a team, so why not start preparing your children now for the challenges they will face tomorrow.