"We really focused on working together because we know that we don't have the size we did last year." These are quotes from a high school athlete and team leader. These are the lessons of high school sports – worth learning, practicing and applying THROUGHOUT life.
Get your teen involved, if s/he fits or desires. Of course you can’t force your teen into something they dislike or disdain – but encourage or influence your teen – or find another/ different option or opportunity to learn these life skills – beyond the classroom.
I was on football and track teams – and still have recollections and friendships from those days – and the only things we remember were the good things!
One other excellent option is theater.
With total respect for other school activities, these two develop life-long skills and traits – while most others don’t.
Both sports and theater require try-outs, possible rejection, not being ‘the star,’ learning to be a supporting character or role, persevering, advancing/ growing into a larger, more important role – most of which are simply not available to be learned in the classroom.
Are there harsh, even unwanted, unfair lessons they might learn? Unfair coaches, policies, etc. Yes – but that also is a life lesson, leading to the need to build RESILIENCE – rebounding from and overcoming even unfair defeats.
If you’d like to discuss – or even learn more about our success coaching programs for teens, email me at CoachSteve@Launch-Your-Life.com!