Five life lessons from playing Youth Sports

Hi-Five Sports sees youth sports as a vehicle for improving the current and future well being of children. Life lessons that are learned through sports are being ignored all too often and a generation of children are missing out on key life lessons that will be instrumental in their personal growth. Below are five lessons that come to mind!

1.) TEAMWORK

A valuable life lesson we teach is Teamwork. There is no "I" in "team". There is a reason why the New York Knicks aren't winning. They have the talent but don't play as a team. We believe that by children playing team sports and with the guidance of a quality coaches they will learn first hand the importance of "teamwork".

2.) Path to physical well being and a healthy lifestyle

When a child participates in a number of youth sports programs their path to physical well being and a healthy lifestyle is underway. The CDC recommends 60 minutes per day of physical activity. At Hi-Five Sports we make this process fun and that in turn helps children make the decision to stay involved and lead a healthy life.

3.) What it means to win and lose

We see this issue all too often when it comes to young and inexperienced children. We witness children celebrating victories and also crying and complaining about defeats. At a young age we teach children the proper way to win and lose -- and what it really means. Sportsmanship is also key in how children celebrate victories and we ensure this lesson is learned on day 1.

4.) Leadership

Unfortunately, not everyone is a leader. However, leaders step up in real life situations and that is what sets them apart from the pack. When playing youth sports leaders are easy to spot. At Hi-Five, we will encourage leadership on and off the court and playing fields. Playing team sports is a great way to become a leader and continue down that path through adulthood.

5.) Problem Solving

Problem solving is a skill that children do learn in school. At Hi-Five, we feel we can take this skill a step further. When youth sports participants come head to head with a problem they are assisted through quality coaching as to how to solve that particular problem. As a child continues to mature they are able to problem solve on their own. For example, if you are playing a game of basketball and notice your defender is much taller and it is difficult to shoot over that person, then what do you do? One option, is to fake a shot and have them jump and dribble around them. Another option, may be to pass to another teammate? Options are endless and it is a great way for children to think through scenarios.

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