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5 Benefits of Team Sports

by Sarah Lyons


Praise from coaches and other players

Everyone likes to hear praise for their efforts and hard work. Receiving praise from coaches and other players as they make improvements is much different than a pat on the back from mom or dad. Kids who play sports have the opportunity to set goals and celebrate as they meet these goals both individually and as a team.

Appreciation of diversity

Team sports draw children from all religions, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Working towards a common goal, unifies the group and differences that may otherwise separate us become less important as the team works together.

Character building

You can’t always be the winner in team sports. Kids learn to lose, good sportsmanship and how to be empathetic when your teammates make mistakes. Jim Carrier, soccer coach and father of two says, “I wanted them to learn to win graciously, lose without losing, how to work together, support their teammates, a good work ethic, the joy of victory, confidence, and leadership skills. And most importantly, a place they belong.” Kids in all levels of sports, competitive or recreational, have the opportunity to gain priceless benefits that will last a lifetime.

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Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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