Is Sports Something You Do, Or Something You Go To?

27 Sep

Are your kids sports something they do, or just something they go to?

If you removed the time appointment status of practice and games, would they still pick up the ball and play, or would it never enter into anyone’s mind in your family?

I would wager among most Recreation soccer kids, Sports is something they go to. Remove the forced status of the game or practice, and the ball doesn’t make it out of the corner of the garage. The kids don’t choose to pick up the ball at home or on the playground at school.

I’ll admit that in our house, Tae Kwon Do is something our kids go to. Outside of classes, I don’t see them regularly practicing forms or kicks. I’m not sure how to change that – since neither my wife nor I ever participated in a martial art.

So do your kids play sports, or go to sports? And how do you convert from one to the other?

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3 Responses to “Is Sports Something You Do, Or Something You Go To?”

  1. Stats Dad September 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    My kids live for sports. When we get home from a full day basketball games at a tournament – they still go right to our hoop in the driveway and play more. I think that real question is, “It is something they truly love to do or something they think they should do?”

  2. Bench Coach Dad September 28, 2011 at 2:59 am #

    Great topic!

    I think it’s something they are or aren’t. My daughter describes herself (11u fastpitch club team) as a baseball player. That does not mean that she always loves to practice drills by herself vs. with the team. She loves to play so she puts the work in but some days are tougher for her to focus than others. Repetition is hard for little kids, at least mine…it’s a bit easier when they get older and truly believe the result of focused practice is good play.

    I am not sure you can really “convert” from one to another. I do think you can test what you have though. Let’s say the alternative to not practicing Tae Kwon Do is having to drop out of the lessons. If you immediately start seeing kicks and form practice they are probably in to it. If not…well then you know the interest and desire is not there.

    • Dennis Murray September 29, 2011 at 12:30 am #

      We’re taking a wait and see approach on Tae Kwon Do. We have good participation on other sports in our house versus just being a consumer of them, so we’re hoping this one falls in line soon.

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