Sports Prepares Kids for the Business World

Whether football, volleyball, baseball, or any other sport, parents believe that participating in organized sports helps get the family out of the house, exercising, and socializing. Let’s not forget that sports also prepare kids for the business world.

Sports, in general, have many positive effects on children. Organized team sports provide them with skills that will aid them in all aspects of their adult lives. Let’s talk about how sports prepares kids for the business world.


No team has ever been successful without collaborating, cooperating, and working together at achieving the goal. Each member must put aside some strengths they possess or dial back strong personalities for the betterment of the team.

This can be difficult for kids, but learning how to navigate this at a young age creates success as adults.

Being a team player in the business world requires that employees learn to collaborate and compromise with their co-workers. These people will most likely not have the same personality types. While it might be difficult at times, they learn that cooperation and compromise ultimately lead to team success.

Healthy Competition

A child will not win every competition or always be the best athlete on the team. But by experiencing loss and being exposed to other high-level athletes, a child will develop a healthy attitude towards competition. 

Conflict Resolution studied two girls’ soccer teams. They found that the girls’ participation in soccer developed conflict resolution skills that they had not experienced previously. The girls learned how to effectively confront issues with other players and how to diffuse situations. 

Professor Holt said, “it’s about encouraging the girls to deal with conflicts when they arise because those are growth experiences. Those things will transfer outside sports because that’s what you’ve got to do when you start working.”

Self Confidence

The CDC has reported that simply being physically active builds self-esteem. We are physical beings who are not meant to sit in front of a video game for several consecutive hours.

If you’re a physically active adult, you feel that sense of accomplishment in outdoing your last performance at the gym. Kids feel a similar way when they are learning new skills and succeed as a team during a game.

Having high self-esteem and being self-confident is extremely important when entering the workforce.

Self Discipline

It’s essential in life to learn how to train yourself to know your limits and goals. Then you must develop the self-discipline to put in the time needed to meet those goals. Multiple studies prove kids who participate in sports develop the self-discipline that translates to the classroom.

If a young child is taught to set and achieve goals, the transition into the business world will be smooth sailing.

There are countless other ways that team sports teach children the skills necessary in the business world. Hard work, determination, team bonding, or even accepting defeat, to name a few. The next time you are in the stands watching your child, remember what the game is teaching them about life.

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