Play Multiple Sports:
While there is certainly a great deal of pressure out there to specialize at an early age, the research continues to show that athletes who reach the pinnacle of their athletic performance, generally do so by playing multiple sports – not early specialization in a single sport. If your athlete has a sport they take very seriously, encourage them to participate in other sports with the focus only on recreation with friends.
Leave Time For Schoolwork:
It goes without saying: school is important! Youth Sports Participation is a privilege. And although ONE Sports Nation does not mandate academic requirements for participation in our programs, we certainly support our parents in establishing those requirements at home for their own kids. You are responsible for setting expectations at home to develop your child into the best adult they can be. While it’s tempting to ride the wave of a winning season, shortchanging your child’s academics leaves them shortchanged for a lifetime, not just a season.
Young athletes should be expected to contribute to their family unit by tending to the chores and expectations of their parents, teachers and other leaders (coach, religious, or other applicable mentors). Young athletes must learn to balance competing priorities to be successful in their adult life. Family comes first.
Benefits off the court/field:
While striving to win, youth athletes learn about teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship, all of which can contribute to their development as solid citizens. In organized team sports, children work together to accomplish a task and learn from their mistakes. These lessons directly translate into the classroom and beyond. The value in youth sports is that children get to learn these traits “on the job”, rather than from a text book.
Set Goals For Sports:
What does your child want to get out of sports? Do you know? You might be surprised to learn that your child is playing sports because, first and foremost, they want to hang out with their friends.