We are quite aware that professional athletes can develop a strong loyalty to their teammates. They have the conviction about the value of teamwork. Although most students don’t become professional athletes after they graduate, they should share some of the positive values of professional sportsmanship. Sports can be taught at school for:
- Emotional and social development
- Furnishing a worthwhile and wholesome recreational physical outlet
- Providing opportunities to develop awareness and learn sportsmanship as a team
- Providing educational environments
- Providing opportunities to learn positive habits
- Providing competition and training that help them to develop worthwhile behaviours
- Providing opportunities to develop self-evaluation and good work habits
To achieve these objectives, sports activities in school should be properly organized and supervised. Team functions shouldn’t be limited to only competition, but also to give children the opportunity to nurture teamwork. Coaches should be able to develop types of competitive and practice experiences that correspond to specific scope of achievement, skills and levels. Sporting activities should be organized to help children maximize their participation. Tensions should be minimized with good sequential development applies to reach specific goals. Although mediocrity shouldn’t be the goal, winning the game also shouldn’t be the primary goal for students.
Long-term children development should be considered as a more important goal than the changing contents of the scoreboard. The question whether children are ready for the competition can be answered on the individual basis, but those who are active in sporting activities are likely have better readiness.
Children shouldn’t feel the agony of defeat, but they should be able to feel the joy of winning. Even so, losing shouldn’t be seen as punishment, but as a process to gain reward, that’s to win future games in the future. In any case, it is important for the feeling of personal competence and to secure their self-identity.
Coaches and parents could also work together develop specific guidelines so they can make informed choices whenever necessary. Competitive sports are not bad, if children are taught about the essence of sports and not pressured to achieve a winning. By focusing too much on competition, it is possible for coaches and parents to hinder personal growth on some children, because they are more likely to lose the competitive sports than the other, due to specific physical and psychological reasons. Although having the willingness is important, it is more important for children to experience other benefits of sports.
By participating in sports, children can have an activity that corresponds with their ability and maturity. They are more qualified about leadership in the future. They will have the ability to play as adults and not participate in competitive sports like professional adults. Children should be given the opportunity to share some elements of leadership and they could have the ability to make decisions. In this case, they can have proper preparation for participating in sports. Coaches should also make sure students treat one another with dignity.