Advice The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports  

Pedro Cerrano
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List Rules Skills you learn from sports that can be used in other aspects of your life

List of life skills you learn from playing sports--excellent reasons to play sports that extend beyond the obvious physical benefits. Many parents who are trying to decide if they should let their kids play sports focus too much on the challenges and downsides of sports, rather than the many benefits of playing sports. It is true that young people are already very busy, but the benefit of playing on a team is that it actually helps with time management skills. Typically, the busier you are, the more you get done. 

So, why play sports? Should kids play sports when they are young? Are there benefits to playing sports? Any person who played organized sports growing up will tell you that playing on a team can teach you more about leadership, discipline, teamwork and perseverance than you could ever hope to learn inside of a classroom.

The best sports to play are team sports that teach kids to deal with disappointment and how to work long and hard at something in which they hope to improve. Sports help young people in many ways. There are proven academic, career and social benefits of sports. This list includes the practical skills you learn from sports. Vote on the ones you agree with and add any that you think should be on the list. If you are in doubt, you'll probably want to avoid this list of the most boring sports to play so you don't get discouraged. 

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156 15
Teamwork is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Teamwork

2
103 9
Cooperation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Cooperation

3
109 14
Confidence is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Confidence

4
109 16
Sportsmanship is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Sportsmanship

5
99 14
Coordination is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Coordination

6
117 20
Discipline is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Discipline

7
82 12
Perserverance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Perserverance

8
86 14
Reliability is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Reliability

9
97 18
Competitiveness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Competitiveness

10
80 13
Responsibility is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Responsibility

11
79 15
Goal Setting is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Goal Setting

12
67 11
Communication Skills is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Communication Skills

13
76 17
How to Socialize is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
How to Socialize

14
57 10
How to Encourage Others is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
How to Encourage Others

15
62 14
How to Handle Disapointment is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
How to Handle Disapointment

16
57 11
How to Work Towards Improvemen... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
How to Work Towards Improvement

17
64 17
Physical Education is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Physical Education

18
54 12
Overcoming Adversity is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Overcoming Adversity

19
67 21
Time Management is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Time Management
Balancing school work and sports can be tough

20
53 14
Self-Assesment is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Self-Assesment

21
48 14
Stress Management is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Stress Management

22
40 29
Healthy Eating Habits is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Biggest Life Skills You Learn From Sports
Healthy Eating Habits