Children who regularly practicing organized sports receive many psychological, mental, and social benefits that come from general physical activity.

Healthy habits

Starting a child to take part in an organized sport helps them have a healthy habit of physical activity and ward off many age- and weight-related ailments. Research shows that teens who participate in sports are less likely to smoke, abuse alcohol, or do drugs.

Improved mental health

Regularly playing an organized sport can greatly improve the sense of self-worth of children. Whether it is the satisfaction of beating a personal best or mastering a dribble, sports enables children to become confident in their skills. In a world of excessive focus on appearance, sports also provide children with an outlet, particularly girls, to focus on what they can do rather than what their bodies look like. That creates the knock-on benefit of improved body image.

Teamwork and social skills

When many people think of organized sports, team sports commonly spring to mind. Sports like football, hockey, basketball, or baseball can teach children to trust and rely on the others, value everyone’s individual strengths, as well as put collective needs before individual wants in order to achieve common goals.

Self-discipline

Learning the rules and techniques of a new organized sport and practicing for a particular purpose can give children self-discipline that they can gain both on and off the field. Taking part in sports can help children realize that working hard helps them to achieve their goals.

Sportsmanship

Participating in anything competitive requires the ability to accept personal responsibility for any mistakes and handle disappointments. It may take a few times for children to learn not to blame the others if things go wrong. Organized sports can teach children important lessons about using setbacks as learning opportunities and about the value of taking part rather than winning.