Sports (or sportsmanship) is any forms of generally competitive physical activity that, through organised or casual competition, attempt to employ, develop or hone athletic ability and qualities while providing physical enjoyment to participants, and occasionally, spectators. In sport, the term refers to any activity that attempts to measure and improve performance through competing and interacting physically with others. While most frequently associated with contact sports such as wrestling and boxing, it is also a general term for any outdoor or indoor activity that requires skill and physical exertion.
Numerous types of sports can be broadly classified as being a type of competition, though there are many different subtypes that fall under specific umbrella. The ultimate goal of any competitive sporting activity is to “win” but this standard is typically broad and covers any physical activity in which an individual wants to compete. Competitive sportsmanship encompasses behavior that encourages reasonable, safe and fair competition in which the outcome is uncertain. It also involves a willingness to accept personal injury as well as a commitment to adhere to the rules of the game. Sportsmanship includes respect for and appreciation of other human beings, their strengths and weaknesses, their capabilities as well as their gifts and abilities.
Among other things, sports teaches our young people to become competitive, to set standards for themselves and to positively affect their peers and surrounding community. It instills in young people the ability to accept and appreciate other people’s different strengths and abilities, their perspectives, and their abilities as individuals. It develops athletic, social, emotional, mental, and personal attributes. Sports teach individuals how to compete in the “game,” what the values are and how to act to achieve those values. All aspects of sports are essential to a healthy development of physical, mental, and emotional health.
When young people participate in sports and physically fit, they tend to have higher self-esteem and a higher opinion of their physical capabilities than those who are not physically active. This positive view of one’s capabilities inspires and motivates them to work towards reaching their goals. A physically fit individual also has higher energy levels, which can lead to increased enjoyment and a sense of responsibility.
Participation in a wide variety of physical activities builds self-confidence and self-esteem. An active, healthy lifestyle promotes balanced growth. Participation in athletics allows young people to build lifelong friendships with other students on their teams and with their teammates at other schools. This fosters an environment that encourages students to become independent citizens with a clear set of goals and a strong sense of self-worth. A student who has developed a strong sense of self-worth and a sense of responsibility is more apt to get involved in meaningful extracurricular activities and develop personal and leadership skills.
Overall, sports help develop the mental and physical qualities that are needed for success in life. Young people who are interested in participating in a sport or those who already participate can use a program designed to teach them the skills they need to become successful in their field. Sports help young people realize their dreams of becoming professional athletes or fulfilling their academic goals. Sports also allow young people to be physically active and learn about the importance of staying fit and staying healthy. If you’re looking for a way to get your kids interested in a healthy lifestyle and developing skills they will use in the future, consider a sports program for your child.