Competition is a vital part of life. It is something that we are slowly weaned into, starting at a very young age. Competition is not only found in sports, but also in school, work, and extracurricular activities. The question that many parents ask themselves is how they should know when their child is ready for that added pressure.
The desire to win is what drives sports at the competitive level, but the desire to play and have fun should never be lost. It may be difficult to find that balance, but that is a key part of keeping children interested in what they are doing. At a young age, children are focused on playing and keeping the spirit alive in the game.
That subtle, or not so subtle, shift into the competitive world can be a difficult one. The divides go between the attitudes on the field, but also spill over into playing time, coach’s attitudes, and the relationships between the players off the field.
Parents know their children best, and they are the ones that can make that informed decision on when their children are ready for that new step in the sporting world. When they play to win, they are ready to enter that new stage.