As the saying goes, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Playing sports is so much more than winning and losing. It’s about the journey of hard work, dedication, challenge, and achievement. It’s that journey that teaches children to overcome obstacles – on and off the court. Here are just a few of the ways that focusing on the process of youth sports can benefit our kids:
Sports Media fosters a “win-or-loser” mentality. However, the goal of organized sports is not just the outcome of the game, it’s the hard work, dedication, and consistency that makes the game worth it. Athleticism is more than just playing for the winning team, it’s putting in work, figuring out what makes your child passionate, and teaching them to take care of their body in the process.
Fostering Growth Mindset
Participating in sports builds resilience in children and carries over into adulthood. The game is more than just winning– failure just means there’s room to improve. Getting your child comfortable with failure and instilling that it is merely an opportunity for growth is a major key in being successful in sports and life outside of sports, too. These are skills we teach to children to use on and off the court and hopefully in their lives for years to come.
As kids are growing, it’s important to diversify the sports they play in. Playing the same sport can actually take a toll on growing bodies due to the overuse of the same muscles and joints, leading to a higher risk of injury now and later in life. It can also cause overdevelopment in the muscles used to play specific sports. Playing different sports prevents burnout and allows children to experience using their bodies and brains to perform under new rules and coaching strategies to find what speaks to them most.
Arcadia Youth Basketball’s Philosophy
We believe that athleticism goes far beyond agility, fitness, and strength. Athletes learn to take care of their bodies, strengthen their minds, and go after their goals. Athletes are not always winners and are encouraged to learn from their mistakes. AYB believes in professional coaching strategies to set your children up for success on and off the court. Check out our Winter Rec Academy and Club Seasons to get your child enrolled today!