My son has started to play micro soccer this spring. I love watching him play. Much like his big sister, he has begun to experience the thrills, and learning experiences that playing organized sports provides. It is fun watching him settle into this. This experience builds on his first exposure to this sport this past fall.
His team is just one of 57 others in the YMCA organized league. This is the jumping off point for many children as they are introduced to the concepts and learning experience the sports world can offer. I was personally amazed to see so many children involved in this experience. My wife told me that this was to be expected, and that as children get older the number of participants will decline as they grow interested in other things. I have seen this first hand with my oldest daughter with participants thinning and teams struggle to find enough players interested.
On a personal level, it is very important to me that all of my children get the opportunity to have this experience. In my world, this is an experience I never got the chance to do these things. Part of it was money issues, we weren’t terribly well off. Mostly, though it was a lack of parental guidance that kept me from these experiences. My parents expected me to show interest in something before they would act on it.
As a parent myself now, I know that this is not a good way to approach new things with my children. It is my responsibility to throw all kinds of new things at them and allow them to engage in those activities. It is only then that they can decide if this sport, or activity is for them or not.