At i9 Sports®, we strive to teach young athletes everything they need to know to succeed in their chosen sport. Their time in our youth sports program can help them build skills they need to succeed in life as well —like self-confidence, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.
With 2022 upon us, youth sports participants may be looking for new year’s resolution ideas to help them become better athletes. Here are some ideas that just might help your child have the best season of their life.
Good sportsmanship means treating everyone involved in the game—including teammates, competing players, coaches, referees, and parents—with respect. There are lots of ways you can help your young athlete work on being a good sport:
This is an element of good sportsmanship. All athletes must learn that it’s not about any individual player—it’s about the team as a whole. Here are some goals you might encourage your child to set:
There is no set time frame for athletic success. Some players are naturally gifted, but most must work really hard to achieve the rank of MVP. Unfortunately, many athletes quit if their sport doesn’t come naturally to them, giving up the chance for fun, friendship, and fitness that youth sports provide. Don’t let that happen to your child! Encourage them to be patient and know that 90 percent of success is just showing up.
Rest is critical for athletes of any age and skill level. This means ensuring your child gets downtime between practices, games, and tournaments.
Getting enough rest also means sleeping for about 10 hours every night. School-aged children need this amount of sleep for physical growth, brain development, and good behavior.
Becoming more flexible is the key to reducing youth sports injuries. Remind your child to stretch and warm up before every practice and game to keep their body loose. Encourage them to do static stretches like toe touches and the butterfly to lengthen their ligaments and tendons. Then, ask them to spend five minutes doing gentle activities like jumping jacks and running in place to warm up their muscles.
If you notice your child making safe decisions because there’s a possibility of failure, encourage them to change their mindset. After all, competing is inherently risky because it either leads to a win or a defeat. Young athletes can challenge themselves in 2022 by taking risks, such as trying a new sport they know little about. Children feel proud of themselves when they realize they didn’t give up!
If your child loves youth sports, it’s easy for this passion to overtake all their free time. However, it’s important to balance sports, school, friends, and family time. If you notice your child becoming overwhelmed by their current practice schedule, consider switching to a league that helps your family strike a better sports-life balance. Our once a week, practice and play on the same day approach may be perfect to help your family achieve balance as a whole!
We are so thankful for all of those that helped make 2021 so wonderful, and look forward to watching your child achieve their goals in 2022! For more information, please browse our programs or contact your local i9 Sports® office today.