School and sports have long had a connection in America and there’s good reason why: sports helps to make better students. The lessons kids learn on the field help them to excel in the classroom. By getting a child involved in youth sports, you can help them make a dramatic change for the better when it comes to their school lessons.
Practice Makes Perfect
Success in sports is due in some part to natural talent, but as any athlete will tell you it’s really about dedication to practice. To be top of your game and dominate the field, you’ve got to put in the hours honing your skills, building muscle memory, and conditioning yourself for extended play. Practice on the field can directly apply to the classroom in the form good study habits. As children see that practice helps their game, they’ll connect the dots and figure out that studying makes the grade.
Playing by the Rules
The rules of any game are what define it. Without the rules, and the structure and limitations they provide, any sport would fall apart. Learning the code of a game leads to respect of that code. You follow the code and you don’t cheat. This reinforces honorable behavior elsewhere as well, including the classroom. Kids who play sports know that if you want to truly get ahead, you don’t cut corners. Sure, you might win the game if you cheat, but it’s an empty victory. Sure, you might pass the test if you cheat, but you didn’t really learn anything, did you?
Plans and Plays
Good athletes rely heavily on their strength and dexterity, but the best athletes exercise and employ their most important tool: their ability to strategize. The ability to use strategy and create plans helps in the classroom as well, making a competent student a great one. By employing test taking strategies, a student can pass a test they may have otherwise failed or ace a test they may have otherwise only passed. When the difference between planning and not planning is an entire letter grade, it definitely pays to employ some strategy.