Sports and activities build important character traits in children. There are many benefits beyond just maintaining good health. Sign up for a YMCA Youth Sports Program today.


5 Reasons to Enroll Your Child in Youth Sports


More kids and teens are involved in youth sports outside their school experience than ever before. Getting involved in community teams, YMCA youth sports, and classes focused on both exercise and competition provide great ways to give kids benefits they will need to tackle many other challenges in their life.


Whether you prefer baseball, basketball, soccer, or flag football, these five reasons to enroll your son or daughter in youth sports should convince you to head to the website and sign up right away. The YMCA even offers a variety of individual sports classes in various martial arts, fencing, and even archery for older students.


1 – Skill Building


Playing baseball, soccer, or any other offered sport involves mental exercise as well as physical. Kids must learn new moves and techniques and work to perfect them over time. While this seems important if your child continues with the same sport into their school years, it can also help in other aspects of their lives. The type of focus they can learn will help them listen to their coaches, teachers, and maybe even you, better.


2 – Healthy Exercise and Athleticism


When most people think of getting their kids involved with sports, they focus on activity and exercise. With more time spent on screens these days, and less time running around outside, a few sports lessons each week to make the difference between poor health and a lifelong interest in keeping fit. Childhood rates of obesity go up year after year. If you or your child's pediatrician is worried about their overall health and well-being in any way, sports can help alleviate these concerns.


3 – Teamwork and Sportsmanship


Even if your child is not the most social person, getting involved in a sports team or general skill classes will encourage them to work with others positively. A quality coach should be able to encourage interaction in a comfortable environment so that everyone moves toward a common goal. Also, all of the characteristics that make up good sportsmanship like taking responsibility for your actions even when you lose, staying humble when you win, and focusing on encouragement instead of criticism will help in every aspect of their lives.


4 – Confidence Through Success


Properly managed youth sports in which everyone gets a turn to play and encouragement to do their very best carries a high degree of confidence with it. This is possible even when your child's team loses. Youth sports can teach them how to find positive aspects and success from every circumstance and boosts their self-esteem along with it.


5 – Sports Are a Lot of Fun


One of the biggest reasons to get involved in youth sports is to help your son or daughter have fun in their free time. To this end, it is important to choose a team or classes that focus less on competition and more on activity and teamwork. Unfortunately, some sports groups for kids involve a lot of pressure and excessive expense and time dedication. When you choose community-based options like YMCA youth sports, you get the best of everything for your kids.

Click here to see all the youth sports leagues available for your child and to enroll in a YMCA youth sports program today!