Choosing The Right Sport

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Sports, sports, sports! When deciding on a sport for a child to play, there are many things to consider. Do you want it to be easy or hard? Should the parent or guardian research the sport that the kid wants to play? Should the parents be the one to chose the sport or should the kid choose? This article will describe some of the benefits of practicing sports and help you figure out how to choose one. A sport can be fun for anyone; it could be a school activity or an after school activity. What kind of sport do you want to play?  I never really liked playing school sports until high school. It was around senior year that I watched the anime Prince of Tennis. It was about a kid who is famous in the tennis world. By the time I’d decided to play, it was too late as I was already graduating. It wasn’t until my community college that I decided to play tennis; I was able to be in the beginner and advanced classes.

Benefits of Sports for Students

What are the benefits of sports?

  1. Health
  2. Social Skills
  3. Teamwork
  4. Learning – This one isn’t on the list at the link provided, but I put it in because you’ll learn the different moves in the sport you’ll be playing. For example, in tennis, you’ll be able to learn the skill called “drop shot” and you can improve it over time.

The Best Sports For Kids

What are the best sports for kids? How do you know if tennis is the right sport for a child’s age?  The article above suggests sports for kids from under age five to teens. For instance, kids who are introverted or independent could play:

  1. Track and field
  2. Tennis
  3. Martial arts
  4. Golf
  5. Horseback riding
  6. Dance

The article is true about introverted or independent personalities, as I am introverted and I did play tennis in college. Reading the article might help some parents or kids decide on what they may want to do for extracurricular activity.

Choosing The Right Sport

Parents should be able to see if a sport is good or not for their child. I believe researching the sport would be a good idea.

  1. Ask, is your child an extrovert or introvert?
  2. Work out the costs and logistics.
  3. Be supportive and have fun.
  4. Identify what sport your child likes.
  5. Encourage your child to participate.

These are just some ideas from the article that a parent or guardian should be able to do if a child wants to participate in a sporting activity. Don’t discourage the child and try to encourage him or her that the sport he or she has chosen is a good fit.

Easiest Sports

If you’re a beginner, this article will suggest some of the easiest sports to play. Here are examples:

  1. Soccer
  2. Golf
  3. Bowling
  4. Basketball
  5. Volleyball

I played soccer in physical education class and it is quite easy if you understand the game, but I never liked the sport and soccer wasn’t my thing. Go down the list and see what other people might think of the sport and if it’s the right one for you.  It’s up to the child what he/she wants to play for an extracurricular activity. Taking up a sport is a great idea if the child has nothing to do at home and to be able to improve skills such as teamwork, socialization and learning. If they learn sports like tennis or basketball at a young age, children might even want to be an elite tennis player like Serena Williams or basketball player like Kevin Durant. Encourage the kids to play sports and don’t let them be discouraged if they fail.

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