MORE ABOUT SOCCER:
Soccer Is a Great Game for Children of All Ages
It's aerobic. During
a soccer game, kids are constantly running from one end of the field to
the other. Studies show that exercise has clear physical and
psychological benefits. Children who play soccer regularly are getting
in the habit of incorporating regular exercise into their lives. In
addition, physical exercise can help combat obesity.
Because passing the ball is essential to success in both offense and
defense, players must communicate well and be consistently mindful of
their team members' whereabouts on the field.
Everyone Gets Involved
It's inclusive. Children of all ages and varying ability can enjoy the game.
It's truly a team
sport. In soccer, only the goalie is subject to ongoing individual
scrutiny as she prevents the ball from entering the goal. This means
that soccer can be a less pressured sport for children than baseball,
for instance, in which the individual skill of batters and pitchers is
constantly on display. Soccer is particularly appealing to kids who may
not have superior athletic ability, but who enjoy participating in team
It teaches social
coping skills. Because it is so focused on group participation, playing
soccer can teach children good sportsmanship. Playing on a soccer team
coached by a caring adult can help children learn to cope successfully
with challenges like winning and losing, group decision-making, and
getting along with kids of varying backgrounds and temperaments.
Encouraging children to share in the excitement generated by soccer
around the world can help them learn about other countries and
experience The Bahamas as part of a larger, diverse community of
Note to Parents:
In soccer, as with any sport, your attitude will affect your children's
enjoyment of the game. Attending games and cheering is a way of
concretely demonstrating support for your kids, and is a good way to
participate in their expanding lives.
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