Around my daughter’s fifth birthday, we signed her up to play soccer, her first foray into organized sports. The focus was on fun: nobody kept score, and there were no goalies or other positions. Everyone fairly much ran around, kicking wildly at the ball. She had a blast.
Her playing reminds me of the value of youth sports. I played Pop Warner football, and although I was too small to segue into organized high school sports, the experience taught me the very things my daughter has learned from her playing, lessons she can use throughout her life, including how to do the following:
Be a team player.
Be a gracious loser – and learn you can’t win every time.
Be a gracious winner – and be sensitive to those who lose.
Try your best.
Listen to the coach.
Compete – because there are times in life when you must.
Reap the rewards of hard work from practice, practice, practice.
Love playing a game.
In short, A child can learn a lot from playing sports.