Young Children in Competitive Sports Essay
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Have you ever been put in a life or death situation? Hopefully not! However, some things you do may feel like “life or death” situations at the time, especially for young children. Competitive sports can help with conquering those fears. There will be times when you feel pressure; as if you’re under a spotlight. Moments when it seems like people are almost daring you to fail. By participating in competitive sports, children are prepared for these moments. These are the times where you go back to what you have learned, all the hours you put in to learn a skill. These are the times worth living for because by putting in the work, you have trained yourself to expect success. Competitive sports have a positive impact on children and teach…show more content…
By participating in competitive sports at an early age, kids develop life skills to help them with this dilemma. They learn that when they see others being successful, that it is due to the hard work they put in and not just by chance. It is often said that “practice makes perfect”, but what kids participating in competitive sports find out is that “Perfect practice makes perfect” (Three quotes). Hard work pays off and repetition builds skills. Practice may not be everyone’s favorite part of a sport, but doing something over and over again will make it become an instinct. Regardless of the type of sport that is played, there are some basic fundamentals that are learned and then practiced repeatedly. With each practice, athletes can gain more confidence in their ability (Kuchenbecker 37). Repetitions enable the players to develop skills and become more confident that they can perform when the time comes rather than being worried about failure. The level of discipline and focus developed by these kids helps them throughout their lives in a wide variety of ways. Another valuable skill learned by kids participating in competitive sports is teamwork. It is important for children to learn the importance of teamwork because most jobs they may have in the future will require them to work well with others. Most sports that children participate in involve them playing on a team. When on a team, children must be able to communicate and work with others to be
Show MoreChildren should experience the values of playing in a competitive sport. Playing a competitive sport at a younger age will benefit the child in the future with either the mental learning of confidence or physical advantage that can give them many opportunities to becoming successful. Children learn discipline, striving for challenges, working with others and it build s confidence. Sports give the child an activity to do and not being influenced by troubling distractions that come as they get older. Children learn more at a younger age and can give them a better advantage when competing in sports.
Parents encouraging their children to get involved in competitive sports are giving them an early learning path of life skills. Discipline is an…show more content…
So, go ahead -- the best you is yet to come” (20). The challenge to being the best is the easy part but keeping that determination is harder in the long run. I believe it key to teach children to challenge everything they do because in the end it does make them better people and goals can be set.
Playing on a team forces a child to work with others and learn not only their own weaknesses and strengths but dealing with others weaknesses and strengths as well. Kathiann M. Kowalski acknowledges, “Competition helps you learn to get along with others. You learn to play by the rules. If you compete as part of a team, you learn about taking turns. You want teammates to get a fair chance to play too. That way, everyone has fun” (17). If a child learns this skill early then they will be well prepared to work with others when they have a career in the future. Some parents do feel that in many cases children tend to become over competitive against one another or their team in general. A child that is too young can become over competitive and forget about the rules and then it becomes unsatisfying to the point that they do not want to play anymore. Kowalski points out, “Kids who are too competitive may also feel frustrated. Remember that no one wins everything in life all the time. ‘They should realize that it is just a game,’ says Mark” (17). Parents have to also constantly remind their child or children that it is a fun activity and should not become the reason why