Today’s blog post is courtesy of Sqord’s Customer Ops Intern, Anastasia Erofeeva. As a former Washington state and regional gymnastics champion, she understands the hard work, dedication, and time it takes to be an athlete and team player, and she wants to share what she has learned with parents and kids.
The beginning of a new school year is an exciting time, full of learning, friendships, and goal-setting. It is also an excellent time to try new things, such as joining a club or a team sport. Not only are team sports a great way to earn Sqord Activity Points and keep children active during the school year, they also provide numerous learning opportunities and benefits that will last a lifetime. Here are just a few of them:
1. Keeps Kids Moving:
Team sports provide a reliable, consistent and fun way for kids to exercise. According to KidsHealth, regular exercise helps kids become stronger and healthier, reducing their risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and more. Furthermore, studies have shown that active children are more likely to become active (and healthy!) adults.
2. Academic Achievement:
Through participation in team sports, children learn valuable skills such as dedication, commitment, problem-solving, and an understanding that hard work leads to good results. These skills transfer from sports to the classroom, resulting in higher grades and an improved academic performance. In addition, team sports introduces kids to the art of creating your own balance and building great organization and time management skills, helping them balance homework, sports, family time, and rest.
The ability to work together towards a common goal is an essential part of team sports, as well as an important life skill. Participation in team sports allows kids to make lasting friendships, develop communication skills, feel a sense of community, and learn to respect their teammates and coaches. Additionally, being part of a team teaches children the importance of being a responsible and reliable team member.
When kids see practice pay off, they gain confidence to work towards achieving their goals. Team sports offer ample opportunities for participants to show off their skills, allowing them to see the results of their work and feel pride in their team’s accomplishments. This helps children build self-esteem and have a positive outlook
5. Life Lessons:
In addition to all of these benefits, participating in team sports provides children with the opportunity to learn patience, perseverance, hard work, and how to have a positive approach to setbacks. Team sports helps put winning into perspective, showing kids that it is not the most important thing in sports. Young athletes learn good sportsmanship, and how to make each game/meet/performance/event a learning opportunity, all while having fun and practicing a sport they enjoy!
Lastly, don’t forget to encourage your kiddos to wear their Sqord Pods while participating in team sports! Learn how many Sqord Activity Points are generated by different types of exercise and movement!