Has your child showed some interest in sports, but hasn’t decided to join a team yet? Maybe it’s just a matter of deciding which sport is best for him/her. In addition to being a great way to meet new friends, regular exercise also helps improve a child’s overall health and physical fitness.
Here are some ways to help get your child involved in team sports:
By talking with your child, see which sports interests them the most. There already may be a sport or two that they have the necessary skills for. For example, maybe they are good at running, but don’t want to join cross country. Maybe they could consider soccer or lacrosse if their school offers it.
Play the sport of their choice with them when you have some free time. Make sure they get some fresh air and exercise outside, instead of them spending all of their time in front of the TV or playing video games. Playing a sport together can be a great bonding experience and as an added bonus you are getting exercise too!
There is something special about watching a live sporting event in person. Whether it’s the excitement of your favorite team scoring a goal in person, the audience cheering or just being in front of the action. Having a role model athlete might be one way to interest them in getting involved in sports at a young age.
Share some stories about when you were their age and the sports that you were involved with. Take out some of your old sporting equipment, soccer ball, tennis racket or baseball gloves. Talk about your favorite moments about being part of a team and the lasting friendships you may have made.
Every team player wants to set and reach certain goals. In high school, varsity is the first-string team. In recognition of their high level of performance, athletes on varsity teams are often given varsity letters. Show your children these custom Recreational Leagues and Youth Group jackets they could wear once they joined the team.
Most importantly make sure your child is having fun when you’re introducing a new sport to them. Good luck!