Sports Teaches Many Lessons On And Off The Field
Brought to you by the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program.
Your young athlete has completed another softball season. The
competition has come to an end – for now, at least.
of the level of off season activity when it comes to training and practicing,
everyone can take at least a few moments to sit back, relax, and take a deep
breath. Or several deep breaths.
Yes, the season
is over. But it’s important to remember that there is no off season when it
comes to learning and growing – both as an athlete and as an individual.
What do sports
teach us? The universal response – from coaches, parents and athletes alike –
is always “life lessons”. We oftentimes champion sports for our children in the
hopes that they will learn these valuable life lessons through their
experience. But what lessons exactly do we hope they’ll learn? What life
lessons do you think your daughter learned this past softball season?
This month the
team at Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports together with the experts from Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) take a closer look at the many
life lessons that each season imparts to our young athletes – as well as
Life Lessons Checklist.
a checklist for life lessons we hope your athlete have learned or will learn
through their youth sports experience.
1. Practice Makes…Better: It’s not about being
perfect. It’s about getting better and improving. One of the life lessons we
hope our children learn through sports is that their effort will be
2. Focus on what
you can control: Youth sports should help kids learn that all they can do
is focus on their effort, and not the outcome. Focus on what they can control,
not what is out of their control.
3. Let go of mistakes:
Successful athletes brush off mistakes. They acknowledge them, they learn
from them and they then move past them. They put them in the past.
4. Keep learning:
We’re constantly learning – from our successes but also from our
mistakes. Youth sports should help kids recognize that even the best
players are constantly learning and working to get better. It’s an
approach to life that will serve us all well.
5. Being positive moves
us further: PCA’s “Emotional Tank” analogy to a car’s gas
tank is a good one. Just like a car’s gas tank, when our Emotional Tanks are
full, we can go further. In a Responsible Sports environment, while
coaches and parents fill our young athletes’ tanks, one life lesson for
athletes to learn is the need for them to fill their teammates’ tanks.
6. Celebrate Success: Sports teach us to
celebrate success – large and small. We all know how to celebrate winning
the game, but sports can also help us learn to celebrate the smaller goals we
set for ourselves, and see “winning” in a whole new light.
7. Become a true team player: Sports should
teach our children what we mean by a true team player – someone who contributes
100%, and at the same time cooperates and collaborates with teammates to help
bring out their best, too. PCA talks about being a Triple-Impact Competitor®:
making yourself better, making your teammates better, and making the game
better. It’s this lesson we hope our children bring to their adult
8. Win and Lose With Dignity: It’s called
Honoring The Game in sports. And we hope our young athletes learn to both
win and lose while respecting themselves, their teammates, their opponents and
the officials and organization that help make their sport experience possible.
As an adult, how we define “game” changes, but we hope sports teaches us all to
win and lose with dignity and respect.
Keep On Learning.
information on how you and your young athletes can keep learning and growing
the Responsible Sports way, visit our Responsible Sports website at ResponsibleSports.com.
Hope you are
enjoying the off-season and getting ready for the upcoming season - from your
friends at Liberty Mutual Insurance and the Responsible Sports program!
In an effort to benefit millions of youth athletes, parents
and coaches, this article is among a series created exclusively for partners in
Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports Program powered by Positive Coaching Alliance.
©2013 Liberty Mutual Insurance and Positive Coaching
Alliance. All rights reserved. This material may not be distributed without
express written permission. Any reproduction in whole or part by and individuals
or organizations will be held liable for copyright infringement to the full
extent of the law.