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5 Reasons Team Sports Are So Important (& 5 Reasons To Opt For A Solo Act, Too)

When it comes to children, there are so many decisions to make. One of them is deciding whether or not a child will be involved in extracurricular activities, and another is deciding if this activity will be a popular team sport or a solo act that a kid can do on their own.

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Both have numerous benefits that can help teach children valuable lessons and that can help shape them into hardworking, responsible, and talented adults. So when it comes to this decision in particular, keep these five pros of group activities and five pros of individual activities in mind.

10 Team Sports Teach Cooperation

All team sports and activities involve, well, teamwork, so when a child joins a group, they will be taught how to cooperate with others and why that is important. In basketball, players must dribble and pass before a basket can be made. In soccer, players must run and kick before a goal can be scored. And even when a child is on the bench, they need to be cheering for their teammates, keeping up with the game and listening to the coach(es), in order to see success and in order to exercise cooperated involvement.

9 Solo Acts Teach Perseverance

Playing an instrument, creating art, singing, and riding horses are just a few examples of extracurricular activities for kiddos that aren’t team sports. And the main thing that all of these have in common is that they take perseverance. Sure, there will be certain areas in which certain people show natural abilities, but regular lessons, training for competitions and sticking with something… that all requires patience and strength, and through it all, a child can learn how and why it is good to keep at it.

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8 Team Sports Are A Good Form Of Exercise

Of course, a wonderful benefit of any sport is that it is a form of exercise. Not everyone enjoys physical fitness, but it is vital for health reasons, and from an early age, children need to know that. Plus, if there are children who don’t seem interested in being active, they will surely be interested in getting a cool uniform, hanging out with their friends, hearing the crowd cheer and going out to eat after a game. Yes, sports are definitely an entertaining way to get in exercise!

7 Solo Acts Assist In Development

While sporting events can help with physical developments, there are many solo acts that can assist in other areas of development. First, there are individual sports, such as dancing and swimming. There are activities that can develop a child’s communication skills, such as public speaking and calligraphy. There are those that focus on food and nutrition, such as cooking and gardening. And there are ideas based around critical thinking, such as a board game club or web design.

6 Team Sports Can Lead To Friendships

A huge benefit of pastimes that involve more than one person is that friendships can be formed. Children who are already pals may be placed on the same team, giving them moral support from the start. Children who are joining new teams may meet their life-long best friend or their future spouse! And even when it comes to everyone else on the team (from peers to enemies), these relationships will help prepare kids for future interactions in classes, in jobs and in the world.

5 Solo Acts Show Kids Where They Excel

Picking a sport is very common, and even the most nonathletic people involved still look super cute out there! When solo activities are pursued, though, children will figure out where they excel and which hobbies to maybe leave behind. It may take a lot of time and energy and even money to figure this all out, but it will be worth it; not only will a kiddo have a meaningful way to spend time and learn lessons, but this could be a skill they carry with them for the rest of their lives or the way they earn a living someday.

4 Team Sports Help Kids Learn To Manage Time

By the time kids reach the age where it is time to think about extracurricular activities, life gets super busy. There is school, there are practices, there is homework, there are events, and there are moments when families need to just hang out and when kids just want to play. When involved in a team sport, a child will quickly learn to manage time, whether they like it or not. Sure, they may want to spend all their time eating candy and watching cartoons, and maybe that should happen now and then. But putting responsibilities first is important, even at a young age.

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3 Solo Acts Involve Self-Reliance

In sports, as mentioned, teamwork plays a role, as everyone works together to reach a common goal. In an individual activity, there is no one to rely on but oneself. Take pottery, for example, which is something a child may want to learn; they are the ones with their hands on the wheel, and they are in control of what the final product looks like. Or when it comes to juggling, for instance, a child must put in the hours to learn how to throw and catch in the exact right way.

2 Team Sports Are Fun

The last reason to consider a team sport is because it is fun! As stated, there is usually a cool uniform, and it may even have a special name and number on the back. There are other kiddos involved, and a new best friend could be waiting to be met. There are passes to make, steals to attempt, and goals to score, and there is nothing like hearing a crowd go wild. The memories, the trophies, and the lessons learned will all be valuable for children, for years to come.

1 Solo Acts Are Fun, Too

The last reason to consider a solo act is because it is fun, too! There are tons and tons of choices out there, and trying out anything and everything can be interesting, as children meet new people and experience new things. Once the right fit is found, a child may fall in love with this cool activity that can pass the time, earn them awards, perhaps earn them a living at some point, and can also teach them wonderful lessons they will carry with them always.

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