Many parents automatically think that when their children say they want to play sports, they will select a team sport such as football, basketball, and baseball. Team sports tend to be better known, driven in part by the fact that because they accommodate large numbers of children under a single coach, more children play them in general.
Individual sports, however, are becoming quite popular among many kids today. Many young ones are now interested in enrolling in ice skating, cycling and tennis training in Abu Dhabi, or many other types of individual sports. Swimming, badminton, bowling, and different forms of martial arts are popular among kids, too.
These sports inherently have the same benefits as team sports, but because athletes have a heavier reliance on their own individual performance, rather than emphasize their role in a group, they offer different advantages. Even if individual sports may not have been top of mind for your kids, encouraging them to engage in these activities is still in their best interest.
1. A child will reap the physical rewards of engaging in sports
Children involved in sports, whether individual or group, get a regular workout. Because of this, they are more likely to have a stronger, leaner body.
With a lean, healthy body, they will be less likely to develop certain diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome as they become older.
In addition, kids who are physically active also have better cardiorespiratory fitness and health. The more they play sports, the healthier their heart and lungs will be.
As such, even if your kids choose individual sports, continue encouraging and supporting them so that they can receive these important benefits.
2. He will build and enhance important skills
Individual sports offer the same benefits that team sports have in terms of skills building.
Tennis, bowling, cycling, and other types of individual sports help children develop their fine and gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Additionally, regularly playing sports will allow kids to build their endurance, stamina, agility, and speed.
Once your kids regularly practice or play their sport, they will have more opportunities to build these skills.
3. He will find it easier to get into
One big difference from team sports is that kids can start practicing, with or without a coach, on their own. While they may enrol in a group session, they won’t have to wait for the other players to show up before they can start playing. This is one of the biggest draws of individual sports.
If your kids want to practice their tennis serves at home, they can do so as long as there is a tall brick wall. If your little ones are into swimming, you can let them swim in your local public pool whenever they want to.
4. He can focus on his individual pace
Tennis, ice skating, swimming, and other individual sports allow players to master skills and compete at their own pace. As such, young athletes won’t have to pretend that they already understand a certain concept when they haven’t simply because they don’t want to be regarded as “slow” by their teammates.
Children are free from the pressure of competing with other athletes their age who have a head start on training and competing (or simply more natural talent). Individual sports often pit players based on skill level and not age. This means they won’t have to deal with the stress of overcompensating so that they can beat or reach the same level as their peers. At the same time, children with more skill can advance independently of their cohort.
Allowing players to develop at their own pace keeps them involved in the sport for longer.
5. He will learn self-reliance
One of the biggest benefits of playing individual sports for kids is that they become self-reliant.
In individual sports, children need to work hard on their own to learn and master the game. If they can’t master a certain skill or perform poorly during practice or a match, they won’t be able to rely on a teammate to compensate.
Individual sports teach kids that they alone are responsible for their actions and that their own efforts will determine the level of their performance. If they want to be great athletes now and in the future, they need to train and work hard on their own, under the guidance of their coach and with the support of their parents and friends.
6. He will cultivate self-motivation
Aside from developing the essential skill of relying on oneself, individual sports will help kids find and sustain their motivation from within.
Although coaches and parents will fuel the interest and focus of young athletes, ultimately, kids will push themselves to achieve. There is no teammate to share energy with or drive them to perform better. Players in individual sports have to learn how to find inspiration from within themselves to win the game or master a specific skill or technique.
Intrinsic motivation has been proven to be more powerful than an external stimulus in sports and in other important areas, including academics. If you think your children lack this skill now, getting them involved in individual sports will give them a hand in digging deep and getting that extra push to perform at their best.
Even if individual sports provide kids a number of remarkable benefits and are less stressful for young athletes, your young ones will still need your consistent support. As such, you have to be prepared to help your children deal with their emotions and show them that you love and support them whether they perform well or not in their chosen sport.
Possessing more than two decades of experience in the leisure and hospitality industry, Tony Kouris joined Zayed Sports City as General Manager in January 2018. With extensive career experience, a value on interpersonal relationships, and strong negotiating experience, he is positioned to support Zayed Sports City’s strategic growth and continue to innovate the site as an internationally recognised sport and entertainment destination.