The Value of Competition
By theedgetra49452545, Jun 3 2018 01:43PM
Hard work, concentration during class, excellent focus during a competition and a little bit of good luck can land an athlete on a podium during a ninja competition. The feeling of standing up in front of a crowd and receiving acknowledgement of their skill and strength is empowering and exhilarating. Who would not want that for their child?
That same competition could end very differently for an athlete. A young competitor can watch his best friend, who worked a little harder, took his training seriously in class, showed good decision-making and poise during the competition… and yes, had better luck, receiving a medal with pride instead of receiving one himself.. Seeing someone else bask in their victory can be a disappointing and discouraging experience for a young athlete, but the opportunity for growth and learning the skills to handle life’s bumps and challenges makes the latter athlete more fortunate in many ways.
With the help of coaches and trainers, youth athletics can be a valuable tool for parents to teach their children that they are capable, strong young individuals who can persevere and rise above temporary setbacks.
Every parent wants the best for their children. We all do our best to protect them from physical and emotional harm from the moment we meet them and feel every disappointment they weather, right along with them. But try as we may to keep them shielded from anything that could cause them discomfort, it is in the moments of challenge, that our children are strengthened and become more prepared for the rigors of life ahead of them. The very shield that we use to protect them by insulating them from potential disappointment can deny them the chance to learn the value of hard work, commitment and humility. While not every athlete can ‘win’ a competition, every athlete can ‘win’ by participating in youth athletics. Each time they try to do their best in an attempt to be THE best, they grow in strength of character whether they are standing on a podium or not.
As hard as it is, let them fail and help them grow stronger in ways that will prepare them for the challenges they will face in the future. OR celebrate their triumphs and help them win with grace while showing compassion for those athletes feeling disappointment in their moment of glory. Either way youth athletics can be a win win for families. If your child would like to be a part of our competitive team, contact us for details. You and your child have much to gain from participating in this growing sport!
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