Why are Sports Important for the Youth of America?
The National Alliance for Youth Sports believes that participation in sports and activities develops important character traits and lifelong values in children which can create a positive impact in their lives.
Youth Sports and activities at Bay County Sports Club make the sports experience for all children safe, fun and healthy. We promote the value and importance of sports and physical activities in the emotional, physical, social, and mental development of children. Below you will find a few positive things that youth sports do for our children.
Sports boost self-esteem
Children learn to be confident on the field. Seeing their hard work pay off has a positive impact on their self-esteem. When kids achieve their goals on the field it teaches them they can achieve any other goal they set later in life. It is my personal belief that building confidence and making friends through athletics will carry over to positive relationships in school and at home.
Sports help develop teamwork and leadership skills
Working as a team to reach a common goal helps children develop communication and problem solving skills that will benefit them on the field and off. Team work and leadership skills are among the most important traits to have if you want to become a successful adult.
Sports are a natural stress reliever
Exercise is a great way for kids to loosen up and let go. Instead of taking frustrations out on siblings at home, they can let off some steam on the field or court. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
Sports help our youth develop healthy lifestyle habits
Regular physical activity improves a child’s fitness and helps them to stay in shape. Starting at a young age creates lifelong habits. It trains kids to enjoy exercise instead of dread it. In 2019 the prevalence of obesity was 18.5% and affected about 13.7 million children and adolescents. With statistics like that we as parents NEED to get our kids exercising in a way that they actually enjoy. If they enjoy it they will stick with it!
Sports are fun!
The memories made playing youth sports will last a lifetime. You may forget the name of your 6th grade Science teacher, but the memory of hitting the winning 3 pointer or scoring a 50 yard touchdown will stick with you forever!
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