Give the Gift of Sports for Christmas
Basketball is in full swing by the time Christmas rolls around. During the holiday break, parents with kids in youth sports can take advantage of the gift-giving season to surprise their little athlete with something special under the tree or in their stocking. However, signing up your budding young star in a sports league or for a special camp is a gift that will keep giving.
Learning the Fundamentals
Youth leagues are where kids learn the fundamentals of the sport. They are taught how to develop both their individual and team skills. Recreational leagues can begin to get kids as young as kindergarten, excited about playing all kinds of sports.
As parents with kids in youth sports, you need to appreciate the idea of starting them young doesn’t mean forcing them to do anything. It simply means you want to offer them an opportunity to experience how much fun sports can be.
By learning the fundamentals early, they will be able to play better as the move up to higher levels of competition. Since they’re able to play with more confidence, they stand a strong chance of enjoying themselves more.
So, Christmas and sports doesn’t have to be just about new cleats, sneakers, or a new ball. It can be as simple as giving them the opportunity to get out there and enjoy the fun by participating with their friends.
Learning Teamwork While Being Active
Being on a team involves more than just using your child’s athletic skill to help the team win. Teamwork involves things like sacrifice and sportsmanship. Sure, kids can gain life experience from a number of different types of activities.
However, none teaches these core principles quite like sports. Joining a league and participating in a team sport such as basketball helps develop personal skills, plus it gets your child actively out on the court. All sports, at some level, help your child to develop important motor skills.
They also teach them what’s needed to work as a unit towards a common goal. While being part of a casual social atmosphere is fine, learning how to function with other kids as a team, plus getting some healthy exercise is indispensable. There are intrinsic benefits of being part of a sports team.
Adults, decades past their years of Christmas and sports, still cherish old photos of their youth basketball experience. If you’re looking for that final perfect Christmas gift, or just want to start your child’s New Year off with something different, it’s never too late to register for a youth sports program.
Long after the tinsel and lights are packed away, and the stockings are stuffed in the closet, your child will be enjoying the best present of all. Being part of a team experience can be a gift they cherish for their entire life.
There has always been a tie between Christmas and sports. This year you can tie a proverbial big red ribbon around your little athlete’s heart.