Kids learn valuable life lessons.
PORT AUX BASQUES, NL – Just over: minor baseball, soccer, summer sports and ball hockey.
Coming up: ice hockey, figure skating, after-school activities and swim team.
Parents and coaches should encourage today’s youth to play multiple sports and promote participation in a variety of activities, structured or not, as it is likely to lead to greater skill and muscle development.
Focusing on a single sport can build the skills required for that activity, but doesn’t necessarily develop a well-balanced individual and the fundamental movement skills required in all sports and activities.
Kids who play multiple sports/ activities can often transfer learned motor and anticipatory skills — the unconscious ability to read plays, strategize their next move and assess game situations — to other sports. Often, they take less time to master the primary sport they ultimately choose to play.
Playing multiple sports also can build better teammates and allow kids to participate together in different settings. Most often, the more they play and interact, the tighter that community of peers becomes.
Participating in multiple sports also gives more opportunity to build individual confidence while lessening the chance for burnout. If a child puts all their effort into one sport, not only do you run the risk of overtraining and lessening their potential – there is a chance the sport becomes less interesting for the individual.
Different sports bring different demands, and a person can think of it as different links in a chain. If one area of athletic performance is weak, that can slow one area of growth. By doing other sports, those links are going to be addressed, developed and further strengthened.
Food for thought as the fall and winter schedule of sports and activities are soon upon us.
Climbing, jumping and exploring are all great activities that help develop future sports skills.
Water-based sports and activities have been considered by many as a great way to develop individual motor skills, while being an excellent cardio workout.