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After school sports

Why Youth Sports Are the Best After-School Activity

By | In the News

Unstructured recreation time is definitely an important part of childhood, but too much of it can make a kid or teen aimless. Not to mention, they’ll miss out on a lot of benefits if they never participate in a sport or club. Whether school’s in session or it’s summer break, it’s important to give children an outlet that keeps them occupied. Here’s why sports are the best after-school or summertime activity.

Structure is King

The biggest reason why after-school sports are so beneficial to students is that they provide structure to the day. Even when school is out for summer break, sports are important, maybe even more so. Unstructured playtime has its place and is valuable in its own way, but too much of it can be a negative thing. Unstructured time in moderation allows for exploration, reflection, creative development, and imagination. Unhampered unstructured time can devolve into idleness, troublemaking, and experimentation due to boredom. Participating in a sport extends the structure that the school day provides or substitutes for it during summer break. While unstructured time is vital to normal childhood development, there’s only so much that’s needs.

Activity Burns Energy

When it comes to succeeding in school, the only thing more important than studying is sleeping. A good night’s sleep and a regular sleeping schedule are vital to learning new things, retaining what you learned, and performing well during tests. In order to get a good night’s sleep every night, discipline is important for setting up a sleeping schedule, but nothing beats a kid who had an active day. Sports help to burn off extra energy that can keep a kid antsy in the evening and prevent them from falling asleep or getting into restful deep sleep.

Athletes Are Better Students

While it’s sometimes assumed that athletes make for inferior students because they’re distracted by their sport, studies have shown that children who participate in a sport, whether through their school or an outside organization, actually make better students than their peers who don’t participate. This has been chalked up in large part to not just the structure and positive outlet for energy that sports provide, as previously mentioned, but to the discipline inherent in keeping in shape, cooperating with a team, and taking constructive criticism from a coach. These translate directly into the classroom, allowing an athlete the discipline to keep their mind sharp through study, work better during group assignments, and to pay better attention to teachers during lectures and one-on-one tutoring.

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