How to Get Your Child into Sports

How to Get Your Child into Sports

Sports are an important part of life. Whether you are the biggest sports fan in the world or the most casual, there is no denying the importance it has in life. It gives people purpose, provides careers, and leads to countless hours of enjoyment and fun. With so much variety and choice in regards to sport, it would be quite difficult to say you dislike them all. This is why so many people like sports. With so much variation, sometimes all it takes is a little bit of searching and effort to find your new favorite pastime. 

Sports are one of the best pastimes your child can have. It keeps them fit and healthy, it is a great social aspect, and could even lead to a career. Even if your child doesn’t become the next star athlete, there are plenty of career opportunities in the industry. For example, being a sports journalist is an extremely viable job option. Reporting on major events and covering stories across the world of sport is very much a rewarding career. 

If you feel as if your child is missing out on a valuable pastime, it could be a good idea to get them involved in sports. As previously mentioned, there are plenty of benefits to being involved in sport. It is also a pastime that has some great longevity. Many people who are involved in sports as a child remain interested for the rest of their lives. If you look at any adults who love football, a large amount of them will tell you they loved it as a child. It is also worth a mention that becoming an athlete is a very competitive goal. If this is something your child wants to pursue, they have to start their interest at a young age. In the modern age, players of all ages get scouted to the likes of football and rugby clubs. Of course, this shouldn’t be your intention when trying to get your child into sports. The main goal is to just give them plenty of enjoyment and entertainment. If you do want to work on getting your child involved in sports, here are some suggestions on how to do so. 

Find the Right Sport 

Every sport is unique. No two are similar, and it is important to remember this when trying to get your child involved in a sport. Just because you try to introduce your kid to one sport and they don’t like it, that doesn’t mean it is a lost cause. The only real similarity that you should be on the watch for is team sports as opposed to individual ones. Some children will prefer to play on a team with other people. These include sports such as soccer, rugby, and baseball. They are great for building teamwork and communication. On the other hand, many children will take more of a liking to individual sports. Boxing, tennis, and running are all examples of this. The benefits of these include independence, discipline, and focus. Here are some of the sports that you should start trying to introduce to your child: 

Football – Football is the most popular sport in the world, and for a good reason. It is watched by millions on a weekly basis. The skill level at the top of the game is truly something to be in awe of. It is a really enjoyable sport for people of all ages. The emotion, the drama, the atmosphere – it is easy to see why so many people get hooked on the sport. It is a really great option for kids. Football, or soccer, is a relatively safe sport. Of course, there is always the chance of an injury. However, as sports go, there won’t be too much worry as a parent. Another great thing about football is that there are so many football clubs across the world. This means you should have no issues finding your child an appropriate place to play. 

Rugby – Many parents often choose to look elsewhere when it comes to choosing a sport, but rugby has some great benefits. It teaches great teamwork and communication. Rugby is an extremely technical sport, despite how rough it may look at times. You need a very high sporting IQ in order to succeed in rugby. Rugby is also great for building strength and discipline.  

Boxing – Again, boxing isn’t exactly a sport that parents go to straight away. The nature of the sport can be considered dangerous. However, it is a really good option for children to get introduced to. Boxing clubs for children will be run very professionally and carefully. This means that your children won’t be sustaining any bad or frequent injuries. Boxing can teach important discipline and respect. Despite common belief, young boxers tend to be far less violent than expected. Being taught boxing properly will lead them to understand the dangers of violence and how to control themselves calmly. Of course, knowing how to box can also be beneficial for children in regards to self-defense. 

Tennis – This is a really fun sport that you can play with your child. Tennis is a sport where you don’t have to be particularly well-skilled to enjoy it. Even hitting a tennis ball back and forth off a wall can provide great entertainment. This enjoyable sport is also great for teaching hand-eye coordination. 

Swimming – One of the best forms of cardio anybody can do is swimming. Getting in the water and getting your body moving is really healthy behavior. Swimming as a sport is a really great hobby for kids, not to mention it can make for some fun trips to the beach. Knowing how to swim well is also a very valuable life skill. 

Running – Again, another great form of cardio is running. This is also one of the most popular forms of exercise among adults. There is also plenty of variety in running. For example, some children might prefer distance running, while others prefer sprints. Running can also then develop into interests such as relay and long jump.

Get Involved with Them 

Kids love to do things with their parents. At least, before they become teenagers anyway. Getting involved in sports with them is a great way to introduce them to new things. You don’t need to be a professional athlete to have a good time with them. Sometimes it can be even more fun if you are both bad at the sport. You also don’t need any great facilities to play the sport either. A football and some grass, a tennis racket and a wall, or even just a stretch to run in. You should try out sports with your kids before they commit to joining a club. This way, they can figure out in a comfortable environment whether or not they want to pursue this sport. It could only take you 30 minutes a week to help them to discover their new favorite pastime.

About the author
Mrs. Hatland is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.

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