There is some discussion that children are joining competitive sports teams too early and that there can be too much pressure to win. However, most agree that children generally would benefit from increased exercise. Far too many children come home after sitting in school all day and either get on the computer or sit in front of the television. By contrast, children on sports teams come home from school and go to practice. The practice sessions provide excellent exercise and could build good health habits that your child will use for the rest of their life.
In addition to the health benefits, participating in a team sport helps your child to learn to be part of a team. Good coaches will emphasize the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship over winning and losing. When this is the case your child will be proud whether they win or lose most of their games. Learning how to work as part of a team is an important skill for everyday life and a sports team is a great place to learn.
Being part of a competitive sports team helps to teach a child about commitment. Many teams practice several evenings per week and have games at least once per week. Making a commitment to attend practices and games encourages them to follow through on their promises because other people are counting on them. Again, this is an excellent skill for everyday life and a sports team is the perfect place to practice it.
In competitive sports some teams win and other teams lose. A good coach will focus on the overall achievement of the team rather than who won or lost the game. This helps your child to learn good sportsmanship and how to be proud of their own achievements. This will teach your child to think about what they does well and what they could do more successfully with practice. This type of self-assessment will help your child to be more successful in school and in life.