Youth team sports are a building block of society. ESPN reports that the number of kids between the ages of 6-17 who engage in at least one sport is as high as 45 million.
Whether football, volleyball, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, or soccer, 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 be willing to put aside some of the strengths they possess or dial back their strong personalities for the betterment of the team.
This can be difficult for kids, but learning how to navigate through this at a young age will set them up for 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 the success of the company.
When a child participates in sports, they 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 who may be better than them, a child will develop a healthy attitude towards competition.
Phys.org studied two girls soccer teams. What they found was that because of their participation in soccer, the girls developed conflict resolution skills that they had not experienced previously.
The girls learned how to effectively confront issues that they had with other players as well as how to diffuse situations that arose from their teammates.
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.”
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.
One of the most essential things in life to learn is 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 have proven that kids who participate in sports develop the self-discipline that translates on the field, as well as in the classroom.
If a child is taught from a young age, how to set and achieve goals properly, then 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. So, the next time you are in the stands watching your child, think about how much that game is teaching him/her about life.