Where I grew up in Michigan, major league baseball OPENING DAY is a big deal. I mean, BIG. It’s practically a holiday. It’s one of those events where you inevitably run into a colleague, who miraculously has also recovered from the same illness that kept you from making it into the office (whoops!).
I don’t just love watching baseball, I also love playing baseball, and with the season’s first pitch right around the corner, now seems like the perfect time to reflect on the impact team sports can have on our children, as well as the important lessons it taught me.
Since I was a young child I’ve been involved in team activities; my parents were always shuttling me around to soccer, football, tennis, basketball and any other sport I had begged to be allowed to play. While many adults (myself included) don’t necessarily keep up with all these activities as they get older, the lessons we learned as a participant and teammate still resonate and have an impression.
For me, the most important skill I learned from being involved with sports during my childhood is team work. Coaches stressed the importance of community, positivity towards others and a good attitude. I’m sure these concepts sound familiar, because we use them in our everyday lives, be it professionally or personally. I didn’t know it back then, but working on a team would always is something we’ll be involved in.
Sports also teach children the importance of personal responsibility and hard work. Whether it be showing up early to practice to get in extra work, or focusing on improving ones’ own skills. In life, there are times when things get tough, where we must to accept loss or be in a situation where we aren’t the best at something. By introducing these concepts in childhood, we are helping to shape well-rounded, well-adjusted and flexible adults.