As a father of two teenage kids, I have felt the various emotions that come along with watching my children compete in an organized sport. As a parent, it is common to feel nervousness and anxiety as if we were the ones on the field. It is very nerve-racking to think about the possibility of injury, the potential failure, or the chance of an embarrassing mistake that can negatively impact the success of the team. The flip side of these crazy emotions is the joy of witnessing your child experience a big win and pride of watching your child make the game-winning play.
Although organized sports can have an impact on your emotions and provide a substantial price tag, the life lessons and fond memories are well worth the time, energy, and resources. My son is currently a dual sport varsity athlete in high school and has played organized sports since he was four years old. Our experience with youth sports is priceless, and I am honored to share some of the benefits with you.