The Social Side of Youth Sport

Although sports do not intend to socialize youths they are the perfect place to improve youth culture

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A coach’s intuition of a young athlete:

Call it intuition or even experience, but something was telling to watch this young athlete. Although on the face of it he looked like a good-looking kid that was slightly taller than the rest, his demeanor told a different story. Not least that bit of anxiety that he showed behind a tough man façade among the other boys.

Socializing for a young sportsperson:

By the time young people get to High School age, they are usually already in puberty. This is a time of great change and maturation. Physical changes in their bodies are a couple with new social surroundings. Their relationship with their parents and their siblings are changing too. It’s a time when a young person begins to exercise more independence from their childhood background.

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The non-sporting youth:

The young person who has declined to play sports in childhood can still try sports in their early teenage years. Like the sporty child, by the time they get to their teenage years, they too want to cast their social net a little wider to meet other people.

Teams versus gangs:

Although many young people buy into the concept of teamwork not all of them get to experience the benefits of being in an organized team. Many, because of their lack of ability, end up giving up sports and seeking out other smaller groups of people to hang around with.

The advantages of sporting teams for young people:

Being involved in youth sport provides a cradle of positivity for young people as they develop and grow. When organized properly and officially backed by local clubs and schools usually there are adult leaders that take the reins and attempt to provide a structure to the club, organization, or team. This structure generally mimics the fixtures of the sporting calendar set out by the specific sports’ governing body.

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Not all coaches are saints:

All young people seek human support.

A coach’s intuition of a young athlete:

Although I’ve had the pleasure of coaching many young people, unfortunately, that good looking kid who was taller than the rest wasn’t one that continued with sport too long.

The proof of a young person’s inability to socialize within a team:

On one particular day as we welcomed an opposing team to our school, although I was eagle-eyed in watching him, his anxiety quickly got the better of him.

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