Kids Develop Basic Athletic Skills

Developing Your Kid’s Basic Athletic Skills

If you’re starting to think that you would want and love your child to be engaging in sports, you might be asking so many questions, such as how are you even going to start teaching them the basics? What do you need to focus on?

 

Well, worry not because this article will help you know how and what you need to prioritize. But, first, to effectively help your kids gain those athletic skills, you first need to understand the four core developmental processes, which are the physical, visual, chemical, and emotional. The following are the different physical sports skill milestones for varying ages to understand more about what you can do at a specific lifetime of your child.

 

  • Ages 2 to 5 – At this age, due to the immature visual development of your kids, they still can’t throw and catch. What is useful for this age is to do unstructured plays like walking, running, and hopping.

 

  • Ages 6 to 9 – Communication between the body and brain is developed and better at this age. So, you can do basic toss and throw with your child. Their balance is also improved, and running feels a bit more natural.

 

  • Preadolescence (age 10 to puberty) – Here, control of body motions is more automatic and responsive, communication from eyes to brain mature thus, allowing for better visual judgment of speed and location. And most importantly, memory abilities will enable the mastering of much more complex plays or actions.

 

  • Puberty (usually ages 11 to 13 for girls; 13 to 15 for boys) – There is a rapid physical growth at this point which leads to a temporary decline in balance skills and body control as the body’s center of gravity changes and both arms and legs’ length increase.

 

  • Mid to late teens – Strength gains start to occur at this stage, and aerobic benefits begin to increase when done with training. But, heavy weights are avoided since the skeleton is not fully matured yet.

 

Now that you know the significant things that happen in a child for a specific period in their lives let’s go to the fundamental areas of growth you need to target and how you can help your child develop it.

Strength and agility exercises for kids

  • Strength – You should start simple, especially when your child has not fully matured yet since, as mentioned, the skeleton has not fully developed and may cause problems. Weights can be used to build your child’s strength but never forget to be careful and research proper limitations and safety guidelines.

 

  • Endurance – It is actually the easiest to train for your child. With children’s seemingly endless amount of energy, they are very excited to run around. You can simply just give your child a ball, and off they go, running and actually enhancing their endurance.

 

  • Flexibility – The younger a person is, the more flexible they are, so it’s good to start developing your child’s flexibility once they can do so. You can exercise your kids with simple flexibility exercises like yoga poses for children and not the complex ones right away. Once they develop a routine of stretching, it can help them prevent injury and increase flexibility as they grow and play a sport.

 

  • Coordination – Lastly, to practice and enhance more in this area, the idea of repetition comes in. Do not get tired of practicing your child his or her hand-eye coordination, jumping, catching, and running. They are more likely to be discouraged at first since it can get tricky but once you help and encourage them enough to keep on going, their coordination will be better in no time.

 

Conclusion

 

While it is good to start training your child at an early age to prepare them for athletics, do not forget to keep a playful nature as they are still children, and have limitations. You, as a parent, should know your child well to adapt to where they can just go about with the exercise you’re giving them, do not pressure your children, and, most importantly, enjoy while you’re teaching so they will also have fun learning. Good luck with the journey of training your child!

 

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Why Athletics is Important for Your Kids

Kids not only need to learn things regarding academics. One thing that’s currently in many curricula now is participating in any sports in class. Athletics, as stated by writer and education expert Derrick Meador in 2020, has a significant impact on individuals, schools, and even communities. It is crucial for your kids since it enhances both their physical and mental development. They can also learn and acquire different values that will help them grow into well-rounded adults.

 

Now, if this still doesn’t convince you as to why athletics is essential, you may consider the following top three key benefits your child can obtain when you choose to let them join sports.

 

  1. Builds essential life skills

 

To start everything off, engaging your kids to sports can help them develop other skills they will very much need growing up or as to what others call the “soft skills.” These are the set of important intrapersonal and interpersonal skills they need to have once they enter the workforce. Athletics help your kids these following skills:

 

  • Self-discipline – To be good at something, kids need to practice. So, the moment they join sports, they will develop this skill since they have to be well aware of the coach’s plan for them. They’ll understand their weaknesses and strengths and hone their abilities in whatever sport they’re in. With self-discipline, they can pretty much just jump over any of these hurdles.

 

  • Teamwork – Most sports and other athletic events would require your child to work together in teams. Signing them up to join sports exposes them to different kinds of people, so this also develops their social skills. But most importantly, they will learn how to work well with others to achieve one goal. They will learn how to handle relationships and keep them in good status.

 

  • Time-management – With your child having a life in sports, family, and in school, having them to join sports help them develop their skill in managing their time properly. It will help them be well-balanced and will allow them to juggle all aspects of their life.

 

  1. Teaches lifelong healthy habits

 

An active lifestyle being started at such a young age benefits children in a variety of ways, from sharpened sense to less idle times. With athletics, kids get the time to do physical activities and exercise every day, which they would not be able to do if they’re bombarded with school work. Thus, athletics sets them a schedule to exercise. A study from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in 2006 of female athletes showed that they improved their weight and body mass once allowed to participate in sports.

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With the demands of sports to be better at each performance, children are going to need to be healthy and be in a well-being state. So, your child always has to be aware of what he or she intakes and makes sure that they stay healthy, which then leads to teaching your child always to prioritize health and manage their eating habits. And as they like to say it, athletics influence the mind, body, and spirit.

 

  1. Motivates to perform well academically

 

The study of NFHS in 2007 found that the grade point average (GPA) of a high school athlete was relatively higher than those who don’t participate in sports. This is because, in the team, children are motivated by their coaches and teammates to succeed. It also helps them to develop a competitive spirit both on the field and in the classrooms.

 

So, if your child loves sports and needs extra encouragement to do well in school, being in a team and having to meet the team’s requirement of grades might just give them the motivation to succeed academically.

 

Conclusion

 

All of these benefits don’t only help them for a short period. They will keep on developing them as your children grow old. They will be accommodating not only in the field of sports but beyond that – to life beyond sports or even school. Children engaged in sports reap the benefits of their training for the rest of their lives.