The benefits of playing team sports for young children

If you’re wondering whether or not you should take the time to bother with teaching your kid to play football, soccer, baseball, basketball, or any other team sport, I’m here to help. I have gone through a lot of info regarding whether these sports are beneficial on a psychological and social level for children, and I have found that they are extremely advantageous.

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For one, it’s easy for a kid to start being just a little selfish when he or she is young, particularly if it’s an only child we’re talking about. The first word in team sports is team, so regardless of how difficult it might be in the beginning, sooner or later the child will have to play for the victory of the entire team. Plus, if they do win a game against a competitor, they’ll be able to be happy together. However, it is important to explain to you child that winning isn’t the most important thing in the world as the evolution of a human being is filled with disappointment. While it’s definitely not recommended to make a big case out of the hardships one may encounter at some point or the other, it’s way healthier to keep a positive mood by explaining to the child that “You win some, and you lose some”.

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Two other social benefits of playing team sports are problem solving and responsibility. In order to make the game as efficient as possible, one has to understand one’s role and try to avoid breaking the rules as some sports have fixed positions where players aren’t allowed to leave certain areas of the field. With success comes responsibility, in that the child will have to invest a lot of time in defining his or her physique and in practicing for many hours on end to perfect his or her playing techniques. Here’s where the last benefit comes along and it consists of the fact that the kid will eventually have to learn the definition and many advantages offered by patience.

What’s more, there’s the advantage of having a great physique. Let’s not forget the fact that many children are a bit hyperactive and may even have anger fits once in a while. Engaging in team sports makes it possible for these kids to consume their energy which leaves them with little to none for becoming angry.

How to get kids interested in boxing

Sometimes, when you want to draw people towards something (in this case, boxing), you need to talk to them about things related to that sport rather than about the sport itself.

I understood this when I started teaching box to young boys and girls. It is true, some kids come into my gym determined to box, sometimes they stay, other times they give up along the way. Usually, it is the emotional commitment that keeps a child connected to the sport he practices. The stronger the bond between the sport and the student, the more chances are they become great boxers. I personally believe that the best way of convincing my students from giving up boxing is to keep them around enough for them to feel that if they give up, they lose something that they made efforts to achieve. Therefore, before you start training your new students get to know them a bit and approach their training from the one point you consider to be a breach through which you can build a direct connection between them and boxing.

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In my case, the hardest to keep are kids sent to my gym by their parents. They don’t have the same will to carry on their training like those who decide to start because they want it. However, I’ve also learnt that some of these kids have great boxing abilities. If you manage to make your students understand that they are good and can even become great in time, chances are that they continue practicing. If they reach a higher level, you win them over.

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In some other cases, I just try to reason with their parents to let their kids do something else because the gym is really not the place where they should be. Not because they couldn’t box, I believe that we are all born with some physical skills that can be improved in many directions, but I don’t want them to come into training forced, when they made it clear they want to be someplace else no matter how positive their evolution. I had such a case, a boy that was really gifted in boxing, but wanted to become a figure skater and his father insisted that was a girls’ sport and he should take on boxing instead. He was unhappy with this, so I had to have a talk with his parents, explain them that figure skating was as much of a tough sport as boxing was and that their boy would do a much better job if he was allowed to choose for himself.

Anyway, long story short, if you want to have new students, offer them something else besides physical training in the beginning. Tell them boxing stories, give them books about boxing, make a special lesson about boxing equipment: how boxing gloves evolved, who wore them, interesting or funny facts, ask them about their favorite boxing movies, explain them that boxing is not only a punching sport – whatever works. You’ll see that most of them will appreciate this approach much more than the traditional one.

 

Welcome to my blog

I used to be a trainer for the YMCA, where I assisted many young men with dealing with their issues and overcome the pressure of daily life. I enjoyed helping them train in various sports, but my favorite one was boxing. I figured that most of these boys needed a bit of support when it comes to dealing with the stress they encountered on a daily basis. However, I’d like to underline that, while boxing for anger management purposes is excellent, sometimes you may need a bit of focus and communication. Talk to a friend, an acquaintance, or even your trainer if you find it hard to concentrate on your tasks, whether it’s about work or personal life. Violence isn’t the answer to any problem, and learning how to box shouldn’t be one of your core goals in life if you plan to use your skills in a negative way.

 

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I decided to share some of my training routines so that other people can enjoy boxing as much as the individuals who came to the studio where I taught used to. If you’ve recently decided to lose a bit of weight and don’t know how to go about things, you ought to be aware of the fact that determination is key to your success. Have faith in God and your abilities because there’s nothing more important in life other than feeling empowered and managing to commit to a higher cause. Think of it this way – if learning how to box and being in shape is what you have in mind, perhaps you might be able to learn other people how to do it, as well. Once you’ve reached your personal goal, you can become a mentor to others.

 

From what I found, interval routines are the best when it comes to efficiency of boxing. You may want to start with some cardio such as a light jog or a 1-mile warm-up, then start hitting the punching bag for a variable amount of time. For instance, I couldn’t help noticing that what helps me and used to help my students would be to hit the heavy bag for around two to three minutes then have a short break consisting of about thirty seconds, where I would stretch and focus on my breathing. If you find it hard to stick to this kind of routine either due to your weight or because of your medical problems, my personal advice is to start slow and work your way toward setting up a weekly routine gradually. I personally recommend that, once you’ve warmed up, you either go to the gym or hit the punching bag in your basement around three times per week. This type of commitment is enough in the beginning. Most people tend to think that it will take you a lot of time to reach your goals if you train for just three days out of seven, but in my experience, small steps are safer. Once you’ve gotten into the habit of boxing three times per week, you can take your workout to a whole new level by adding an extra day. If you practice on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays and then train for three days the following week, you’re set for success.

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In the end, I’d like to add that boxing is a unique sport that should be learned gradually. As such, if you don’t have the money to go to a gym and benefit from the pieces of advice a trainer could give you, I urge you to look for routines online and even check out some boxing training sessions on YouTube and other media streaming services.