Jonathan Bunge (Chicago) on Getting Kids Involved in Team Sports

 

Jonathan Bunge (Chicago) Asks: Should You Encourage Your Kids to Get Involved in Team Sports?

Jonathan Bunge of Chicago admits that he “missed on decades of fitness because he hated sports.” Now that he is older and wiser, he has learned to acknowledge the many benefits of sports that he missed out on as a kid. While he is now more actively involved in physical fitness, he regrets not taking advantage of playing in team sports in his younger years. In this post, Jon Bunge of Chicago shares the numerous benefits of sports for youngsters.

Growing up, I was never involved with any type of sports; at least not in the way that some of my friends were. I can’t point to a single event that made me ‘hate’ sports; all I know is that for as long as I can remember, I avoided it like a plague. Now that I see how my friends’ kids are thriving in their respective sports, I kind of feel envious of them; but, no use crying over spilled milk, right? Anyway, I’d like to share with you some of the benefits that I see my friends’ kids enjoy with their active involvement in team sports at school.

Improves physical stamina

It’s a no-brainer that when you are physically active, you boost your overall wellbeing, particularly your mental and physical health. When your kids become active in sports early on, they begin to build their physical strength and stamina. The physical exercise that they get combined with sweating out toxins, can greatly improve their physical health and fitness. They also start to develop and discover their own physical skills.

It teaches them about discipline

Sports require practice to improve moves and further develop skills. They know the importance of these practices, especially if their team will be playing for inter-school sports competitions. They know that missing these practices could affect their game play, and the team’s game strategies. The child knows that they have an important role in the team, and as such, they develop the discipline to be a responsible team player. Additionally, they follow the game’s rules because they know that not doing so could affect the whole team. It also teaches them about respect; respect for each player on the team, as well as respect for coaches.

It teaches them about sportsmanship

In every game, there will always be winners and losers. Not every game can be won by your child’s team no matter how hard they worked for it. A true sportsman knows how to accept defeat graciously. A sportsman also plays fairly, and respects not only his or her teammates but more importantly, the opposing team’s players and coaches. Learning how to accept defeat, and losing gracefully, is a lesson that they will take into adulthood.

There are numerous other benefits that kids can enjoy in sports. And while I do encourage you to encourage your kids to sign-up for sports, pushing them against their will might not be the best way to achieve your goal. Talk to them about it and discuss other activities that they can do if sports aren’t what they want to get involved in.

This is Jonathan Bunge of Chicago once more. I hope to see you all here again soon!

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