Sports are just not something that is good for children’s bodies and mental well-being, but it is also beneficial for their minds as well. Research has shown that playing or participating in a sport or sporting environment has many different psychological benefits for not only children but adults as well.
Organized sport has many social benefits to it as well as the psychological ones particularly through the playtime and comradery. Researchers are thinking this is down to the children benefiting from the social side of being within a team and being involved with other adults and children. The social benefits from playing sport is the fact that you are going to make new friendships, some of these will last forever. You will make friends due to the fact you are sharing an interest together and a passion for the same sport. You are each wearing the same basketball jerseys and with the same unique basketball uniform design. This shared uniform design will give your children a sense of belonging. You will always have something to talk about and share fun and happy stories about the sport days together.
The social benefits
Playing within a team will help children to develop important social skills that they will need for life. It teaches them to cooperate and not to be selfish along with listening to what the other children have to say. Being part of a sports team, each person has their role and it gives children the sense of belonging and understanding of respecting each other.
Being part of a team means you need to accept discipline. If you are good friends with the coach or a team-mate who pulls you up about something you need to improve on, you need to learn not to take it personally or hold a grudge. Children and adults alike will need to take directions from the referees, coaches and other sports people.
Why Sports Help Foster Friendships
There are so many reasons as to how sport can be a great icebreaker when it comes to meeting friends. You and the team are working together with the same aim, to win the game and do your best. You need to learn to trust the team you are working with and as you start to trust members you get to know things about them like their strengths and weaknesses.
If you are a person that has trouble with being social, a sport can help to teach you how to interact with others, how important it isn’t to listen and letting someone else have the spotlight. You will learn to take the spotlight without having any arrogance about it when you take a win for the team. Sports will also help you to deal with losing and the humility surrounded by losing.
You and your teammates playing together will help you to understand the benefits of giving each team mate a chance to shine. This is all too invaluable when it comes to making new friends. Playing sport is a good way to keep in shape as well.
There is no doubt that playing some sort of sport is a good way to make friends and get to know people around your own age. Even if you are the new kids in town you feel important and feel like you belong when you start up with a sports team. After game meetings and end up season parties are a good way to get to know them a little more personal.
So, put on those basketballs shorts or football boots and go make some new friends!