English 10 Regents
23 April 2014
Youth Sports Would you let your child play a sport to learn important life lessons if it meant they might get hurt? A major controversial topic among parents, and the media today is to let your kids participate in sports or not. There are numerous articles arguing both sides, many people believe youth sports are too dangerous and cause major injuries, but people also argue that sports are essential to the development of young children. Youth sports teach young athletes discipline, valuable life lessons, and how to make new friends and maintain relationships with different groups of kids.
Sports teach kids discipline which will help them with many obstacles in the long run. Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career, lost almost 300 games, missed the game winning shot 26 times. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed”(Three Life Skills). Sports teaches kids to never give up whether its in sports, school, or their social lives. This is the type of work ethic that will propel kids into a successful and productive adult life(Three life Skills). “Another skill that sports can teach is discipline. Discipline involves an individual's effort and willingness to put in time to the team. This vital skill involves focus and sacrifices. This skill learned in sports will help a child follow through with their commitments later in life” (Liberman). Sports also teach you how to respect yourself and others including coaches which will translate into your adult life when you have to respect a boss or a co-worker.
Sports also help prepare kids for life and how to deal with real life situations. Sports gives kids a place to experience the thrill of setting and achieving goals, as well as how to strive for personal bests and gain confidence in themselves. This new found confidence helps them succeed in school, personal relationships, and