Team sports are useful for teaching youth many important skills. The
first of these skills is competition. In today's world, we are
surrounded by competition. Adults face competition when they are
applying for and keeping jobs, whereas children face competition in
academics and sports. Participating in competitive team sports at an
early age gives children an opportunity to understand the healthy
aspects of competition in a friendly environment. Students of all
ages who participate in sports have been found to cope better with
competition in other areas of their life.
Still, highly competitive activity at young ages (5-7 years) for
example, being part of teams that travel to competitions may expose
children to unhealthy values.
According to the University of Florida, participating in
competitive sports teaches children and teenagers skills to compete
in the real world. As they grow older they will face competition in
schools, getting into college, getting a job, and many other
scenarios. Yet, this competition doesn't have to be negative or
unhealthy. Playing competitive sports can help you understand how
competition works in a friendly environment and that if you try your
hardest, you have better chances of succeeding.