As St. Johns County and Duval County schools are open, many kids are deciding what clubs to join and what sports to participate in. Keeping your child involved in extracurricular activities is very important both socially and for their self-esteem. Kids who feel good about themselves are less likely to get in trouble.
Times sure have changed when it comes to sports. It used to be that kids would play sports in school or the occasional little league team. Kids were allowed to be kids. Today it seems like parents are enticed to join the rec league to teach the kids to play soccer or volleyball. That’s great, but then along comes a different coach that tells the parents their kids have a lot of talent and they are wasting it in a rec league. The parents have a decision to make.
Check out 10 reasons parents find sports clubs for their kids.
- Better coaching: There’s nothing wrong with a mom or a dad coaching their kids’ sports team, but there comes a time when the kids have learned everything that mom or dad can teach them and they need a professional. This is a coach’s only job. He’s not constantly out of town on business and canceling practice. The skills that the coach teaches the kids are the skills that will take them to the next level.
- Top-level players: If your kid is the best player on the team that’s great, but does it offer him or her any challenges? Can they play to their potential if the other players aren’t at their level? When all or most of the players on the team are good players then that encourages each player to become better. This level of players can be found at a sports club.
- More opportunity: College scouts don’t go to high school games anymore to recruit. They go to tournaments with high-level players such that you would find at a sports club. Scholarships to college are given to the best players and one way to be the best is to be trained by a professional on a sports club.
- Bigger venue: Sports clubs play against other higher-level teams from different sports clubs. These tournaments are not exclusive, but they might as well be since it’s usually filled with other sports clubs as competitors.
- Private coaching: More time is given to each child at a sports club and the coach is available to do private coaching to teach the kids higher and higher skills.
- Better practice opportunities: Most sports clubs have team practices twice a week by the time the child reaches the age of 10. Then there are open skills sessions on other nights where each players can learn and improve their skills.
- Competition: Healthy competition between the players for a spot to be a starter gives the players incentive to continue to give it their all every time. Most rec teams don’t even keep score. Well, they aren’t supposed to, but I bet every kid and parent there knows what the score is.
- Being part of something bigger: Sports clubs have many teams and to keep a club going they have fund raisers and banquets. The work that is involved in keeping the club going often have a bonding effect so the parents become a family.
- Better facilities: Sports clubs have their own fields so you don’t have to fight for a spot to practice at the local park are other place. Many clubs also offer indoor and outdoor options for some sports.
- More stability: Sports clubs have more stability in that if the coach has to leave for some reason or quits the team doesn’t disband. The club just finds another coach to take the team. It’s very frustrating to find out at the last minute that your coach isn’t going to continue coaching next season and you don’t know where your kid is going to play next season.
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