Generally, one common reasons why children participate in sport is to maintain old relationships and create new ones among their peers.
Spending time with friends, sharing experiences of hard work, and competing healthily against each other are some of the greatest feelings that come with playing sports.
Sports have the capability to develop strong relationships among kids. For example, the feeling that kids get when they realize they are accepted by their peers nurtures them into greater self-esteem and increases their enjoyment.
Many developmental experts are convinced the uniqueness in sports friendships is incomparable with any other kind of friendship among kids. So, it’s great to keep kids involved in sports as much as possible.
As we know, not all kids jump into social environments with confidence, so as the adults, it’s important to try and encourage team building and inclusion.
While this is important for all teams, teams not yet familiar with one another need a little guidance. Team building activities should be fun, and not necessarily anything to do with the sport they have come together for. This will help kids build a stronger connection with one another which has a hugely positive impact on not only their relationships, but also their performances.
Happy kids that are having fun, perform far better than kids who are not enjoying the experience.
It is important for all concerned to play a part in fostering better friendly relationships among kids in sports. Coaches and parents can come together to create this positive environment that will not only increase their self-esteem, it will also improve their overall sporting experience.
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