Aside from the fun, competition and general excitement of fans, high school athletics has several benefits for our
children. So many times we do not see that organized athletics in the school environment can foster those traits
and habits that will benefit participants long after their athletic career ends.
There is no "I" in team
Any parent knows that a child can sometimes be extremely egocentric. But that “my way or the highway” attitude will have
to stay in check on a team sport. When a child sees that everyone gets to play, they hopefully start to think about the group
as a whole, and not just themselves. Even better, they learn to be happy for other player’s successes because they see how
it benefits the greater team.
A coach and a friend
A dedicated, thoughtful, and skilled coach can have an amazing impact on children. In fact, sometimes your
child will respond better to an objective coach than they will to their own parent. When children have early, positive experiences
with coaches, they continue to seek out and learn from mentors who can help them with school, jobs, and other interests.
It's not just for math
Just as they must practice spelling, math problems, and any other skill, children need to learn that being part
of a sports team requires the three “Ps”… practice, patience, and persistence. Whether it’s showing up to practice when you’d
rather be home on the Xbox, waiting your turn on the sidelines, or doing the same drill over and over again, the three “Ps”
of team sports translate into important life lessons.
All in the family
Playing catch in the yard, heading down to the local soccer field for some drill practice…
these types of outings with your children can mean a great deal in our busy parenting culture. While the official reason may be
practicing for the team, an even greater benefit is the time you get to spend together. Sometimes, in between dribbling and
lay-ups, an important truth is revealed or an opportunity presents itself to teach a value.
Support your child's athletic efforts as well as those of the other students who particpate in athletics at school. We just
may provide them with life skills that will help them grow to be intelligent, humble and prosperous citizens of our nation.