Vinluan: Summer sports training and children

Bobby Vinluan

SUMMER escapades for children differ from every individual, from academics, adventure, or sports, which is good for them because they face varying levels of competitiveness as they mature. Studies show that a child has a more favorable volume relative to body weight than adults.

Thus, children exude in energy because activities are normal extension of play. However, working with children in any activity he wishes to indulge himself must be low-keyed and must begin with the objective of teaching children to be self-motivated and not forced in to a certain activity.

Take sports for example, every parent this summer want their children to be involved in sports activities that would be beneficial for them, in return, parents expectations from the training process should be met.

Although the burden of training rests on the trainer/s or coach, certain training guidelines should also be understood so as to meet their expectations and track the development of the child during the training.

First and foremost, sportsmanship should be emphasized to meet the ideals of the training program and sporting in general.

The teaching of skills should be stressed; this includes proper form and technique in all aspects of the sport. Children should also participate in several training events to learn as much as they can. Every child should be praised and given attention regardless of ability, this has proven to be a major motivating factor.

Every training program last only for a short period of time, and practices are scheduled maybe three times a week, thus, training programs should begin with conditioning and skills development trainings and where all practices should be fun for the children.

While guidelines for the training physical training process should be applied, specific guidelines for working with children interests in sports should be considered so as to know what is best for the child.

Children can be helped or crushed by event competitions. Don’t let the sport shift from being playful to being too goal-oriented influence the child, instead, emphasizing the fact that training for and successfully joining competitions will indeed build and develop the child’s confidence and discipline.

Beware of the pressures involved with sports; we’ve seen parents scream at children after competition events because of failing to perform well, remember, “Competition and parents’ ego are stumbling blocks to young children”. Let children learn how to lose.

If practices should be fun and there are enough competition in events, praise the child win or lose, because children like adults have their up’s and downs. Remember, the ultimate goal should be long-range: it should be the fun of being in the sport, the need for fitness, and not the compulsion to win.