Is it a team or individual sport?

As your children head toschool for the first time (or back to school), they'll be bombarded with a huge range of extra-curricular sports from whichto pick. There'll bebasketball to

Is it a team or individual sport?

As your children head toschool for the first time (or back to school), they'll be bombarded with a huge range of extra-curricular sports from whichto pick. There'll bebasketball to tennis, swimming to soccer, softball to athletics and everything in between; it can be a little overwhelming for you and for them when trying to make a choiceespecially between the team and individual sports.

So how do you helpchoose the right one for your kids?Today, we take a closer look at what you can discuss when yousit down with them and decide.

Understanding solo & individual sports

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Solosports are one of the best ways to educate your child about responsibility, persistence and the benefits of hard work. They can undertake trainingwhen it suits them, without the sometimes tricky task of gathering an entire team. This type of sport is very black and white; your child can easily track their improvement and are valuing themselves based on their personal performance against a competitor.

However, this can also lead to a greater sense of failure when they experience a loss. The ability to pick themselves back up and keep trying after a knock is an important character trait and one that you cansuccessfully instill through an individual sport. If your child is competitive and keen to improve upon their own natural abilities, suggest a solo sport to them.

Example Trampolining

  • Trampolining is a form of gymnastics on a springy trampoline base, which encourages flexibility, coordination and strength.
  • Individual competitors must dedicate themselves to learningvarious acrobatic manoeuvres in a safe and technically correct fashion.
  • This sport is an exercise in technical perfection and instils a strong sense of work ethic and persistence in its competitors
  • Trampolining is a perfect option for children who enjoy learning tricks, increasing their flexibility and who arent afraid of consistent individual practice.

Understanding teamsports

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Unlike individual sports, the me in a team sport means much less. You are one of many, and individual glory is much less important than the teams success as a whole. Team sports encourage a greater sense of belonging and community, a fantastic way to make your child feel a part of something special. One of the upsides of a team sport is that if one player is having an off day, the team will not necessarily fail because of it. Working as part of a team encourages children to quickly move on from their individual mistakes.

However, the actions of others canin some casesaffect the team as a whole. This can be particularly frustrating if your child is attending all training sessions, showing up to games on time, and other team members arent showing the same commitment. Team sports are an exercise in cooperation and social skills and can be equally beneficial for children who are introverted or lack experience working within a group or those who thrive in that environment.

Example Soccer

  • Soccer is a field sport that involves two teams, a soccer ball and two sets of goals.
  • Members of a soccer team mustnt be egotistical, as teamwork and a constant sharing of the ball is necessary for success. Consistent training as a group is also a necessity.
  • Soccer is an exercise in skill, strategy and the utilisation of each individuals strengths, which teaches players the importance of working as a team.
  • Soccer is a great option for children who enjoy socialising and are committed to being a valuable member of a community.

Which sports will your child or children be undertaking this year? Are they drawn to individual sports, or are they insistent on being part of a team?

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