Youth sports can take a lot out of you as a sports parent: high costs, time demands, emotional energy–you make big sacrifices for your young athletes and may wonder if the effort is really worth it, particularly if it doesn’t earn your child a full scholarship to college.
Let’s just forget the college scholarship for a few minutes and focus on the now. If you’ve ever doubted that your sacrifice was really worth it, I’d like to put a stop to those doubts once and for all. The list of benefits of youth sports is even longer than I’d thought.
A 2012 report called True Sport Report , put out by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, cites a long list of advantages for playing sports. Here are a few from the 106-page report:
It’s evident from this list that your sacrifice of time, money, and energy is well worth it. Do your best to provide opportunities and encourage your kids to play as long as possible!
Janis B. Meredith is a sportsparenting blogger, podcaster, and life coach. She provides resources to help parents give their children a positive and growing youth sports experience. Her book 11 Habits for Happy & Positive Sports Parents is available on Amazon.