A competitive spirit is a drive to win, to come out on top. Kids that participate in youth sports often develop a healthy sense of competitiveness. And that’s a good thing. While you don’t want to be consumed by competition (having a desire to win above all else and feeling crushed when you don’t), a competitive spirit can help a person in all aspects of and at any point in their life. By participating in the competitive, yet low stakes, arena of youth sports, a child can cultivate that beneficial spirit of competition that can serve them well later on in whatever they do.
Competition Forces Confrontation
The ability to directly confront a problem is invaluable. Whether squaring up to what we perceive as a better player or team on the field to hashing out a disagreement with a friend or family member to navigating an uncomfortable scenario at work, confrontation allows an individual to surmount their difficulties.
Not only must we learn to confront our challenges head on, but competitive environments, like youth sports, help to teach a person to manage their nerves and deal with stress. Sometimes to get through a tough match you’ve got to get ahold of your doubts and fears and push them out of the way. This same skill can help with tests, interviews, and presentations.
Competition Demands We Bring Our A Game
Regardless of the competition’s context, the strive to come out on top demands that we do our best. Excellence proceeds from strife and competition is the definition of strife. The challenges that arise in youth sports allow for a kid to practice and to overcome difficult situations by applying themselves to the task at hand. Excellence is often achieved through dedication and focus.
Taking Calculated Risks to Reach Our Goals
Sometimes the way forward in life boils down to taking a risky opportunity. A competitive spirit gives us the courage to go for a risk while the structure of youth sports helps a person to learn how to calculate whether that risk will help to achieve their short and long term goals. When risks don’t pan out in a soccer game, for instance, the stakes are low and a lesson can be learned. Later on, this helps a person to understand what risks are safe relative to the goal they wish to achieve.