The Benefits of Playing Team Sports to Young Kids
The Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoops program is Basketball Queensland’s junior game development program for primary school aged children. The nationally accredited program encourages kids aged 5 – 10 to live an active lifestyle whilst also fostering a lifetime of involvement in basketball.
The most common and well-known benefit of a child playing sport is that they develop an appreciation of being active, which means they are likely to remain active, as they get older. It is also suggested that this will improve their academic performance and will increase the chances of more after-school participation.
We encourage parents to get their child involved in a team sport like basketball, as children are able to learn valuable life skills that can be carried through to their adult lives. In support of Health Month in October, we want to remind you of all the benefits your child can gain by getting involved in team sports:
As a parent, one of the most important things you look forward to is bedtime, and making sure your child has a good nights rest. Exercise has the ability to put your child into a deeper sleep at a faster rate; and will also put them in a better mood for the next day. This will not only make your child happy but makes your life easier as well.
Mental Health Benefits
If there is always a positive energy within the team environment, it is guaranteed to have a big impact on the development of a child’s self-esteem. Ensuring your child feels like they have a supportive relationship with their coach, teammates, and yourself will help greatly in building their confidence. This then helps them to feel comfortable with losing from time to time because no one likes a sore loser.
Improved Social Skills
When you become involved in a team sport, it becomes imperative to communicate constantly with one another. Communication is one of the most important skills to have throughout your life, and learning this from a young age will be immensely beneficial. It also gives them a feel for working within a team, which is something that everyone is going to learn to do at some point in their life whether they like it or not.
Improved Personal Skills
It’s highly unlikely that your child will be performing at the same level of an Olympic gold medallist on their first day, so this is a great opportunity to build on their patience and working towards something. This also teaches them to be dedicated to the sport and really encourages them to remain committed without taking the easy way out and giving up. This also allows children to understand the importance of constructive criticism and to learn how to take on those comments to better themselves.
For more information on the Queensland Aussie Hoops program, contact Peter Pollock, the Junior Participation Manager at Basketball Queensland on [email protected] or (07) 3377 9118
Alternatively, find your nearest association and check out their school holiday camps and fun days! http://basketballqld.com.au/find-your-nearest-association/