Monday, February 18, 2013
Youth Sports Leagues
Parents interested in involving their children in sports are faced with two options when choosing a league: developmental or competitive leagues. There’s no ‘best’ league rather the parents should select the league that is best suited for their child and his/her skill level.
Developmental leagues are established to help the players that are coming in with little or no knowledge, by helping them learn the fundamentals of the sport correctly. These leagues are geared towards making sure every player gets the same amount of playing time so as to ensure they are applying what they have learned in practice. Developmental leagues allow for modifications to be made to the sport so that players can easily grasp concepts. For example, in a game of basketball one could give colored wristbands to each player on both teams and only the two players with the same wristband are allowed to guard each other. This allows players to work on basic skills such as dribbling and bringing the ball up the court without worrying about which player to guard.
As for competitive leagues, players are encouraged to do their best making the assumption that the basic skills and rules of the sport are already known. These leagues are geared towards competition and winning, so coaches will usually pick the best players to play based on basic instincts, position, or skill level. In the competitive leagues, the best players also receive the most playing minutes.
The decision on what league to pick should be based off of a child’s skill level and what they are expecting to get out of the sport. Go out there and get your child involved in sports!!!