Research suggests that students who participate in sports tend to do better in school. Some say it is linked to the physical activity. That makes sense; even a small amount of activity can increase blood supply to the brain and help you think better. I believe participating in organized sports offers more than just the physical benefits. Here is a list of what I see kids learning from being on a team.
- There are rules to follow—team rules and rules of the game.
- You have to work hard for a long time to become a winning team.
- Working hard makes you tired and sore; but, that is what makes you stronger.
- Sometimes you work hard and still don’t win.
- You learn the most when you lose.
- It is easier to display sportsmanship when winning; the best players take responsibility for a loss, too.
- It’s the coach’s job to make decisions for the team.
- You need to listen to your coach.
- You have to work together as a team.
- True leaders think of others before themselves.
- The best teams plan for their future by helping the newest players learn the skills of the sport.
- Talent is good, but it’s not the only important thing.
- Most problems on the team are solved by communicating with each other.
- Sometimes you have to sit on the bench.
- It’s important to finish what you start.
Each of these lessons by itself is important. As a group, they set a person up for success in college and later on the job. If your child is not athletic, other extra-curricular activities can teach similar lessons. Participating in drama, music, robotics, and many other team activities are excellent ways to build character and teach important lifelong lessons. Students should participate in a few really worthwhile activities and not overbook themselves.
Participating on a team is one that should be considered because of the many life-changing lessons that can come from it. Commitment to a group working toward a long-term goal is what is important.