Friday, November 27, 2015

The Importance of Play

Kids today are not nearly active enough. Instead of kids going out to play the way they once did, they’re often immersed in their phones or behind their computer screens. And, the kids themselves aren’t entirely to blame. Perhaps part of the reason that kids today are more interested in playing games online than playing sports in the real world is because all too many youth teams have forgotten one important aspect of the sport: joy.  

These days, many young athletes are treated and trained like pros or soon-to-be pros. They have demanding practice schedules, intense workouts, and just too many demands all around. This type of atmosphere can easily turn a kid off sports and send him off to the technological world for an escape.

Because of this problem and because of the prevalence and ready availability of technology, it is more important now than ever to make some time (lots of time!) for fun in youth sports.

If we don’t, kids are never going to get any joy out of playing sports, which is one of the main reasons to play in the first place. They’ll also, probably, be more likely to spend their time in front of the television or computer instead of being active; the allure of technology is just too great, especially when its alternative is high-pressure and no-fun.

Make time for fun in every practice, every game, every everything related to sports. That’s not to say you shouldn’t expect a lot from your players in terms of sportsmanship and responsibility, but it is to say that you should always remember that these young players are, first and foremost and above all else, kids, and all kids really want to do, at the end of the day, is have fun!

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