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Why You Should Choose a Badass Sport for Your Kid

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Helping your child choose a sport can be a daunting task. After all, if they are not into the sport they choose, there goes a good chunk of cash and time wasted. Gone—just like that! But if they do like it, well…you are both stuck with those six A.M. practices for the next five years.

But while there are plenty of compelling reasons to encourage your child to find a sport to play (self-esteem, physical fitness, general well-being…need I go on?), you should not just settle for the one of the three sports sanctioned by your kid’s middle

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school.

There is a big, wide world of sports and physical activities for your child to explore outside the narrow confines of their academic institutions. For instance, you may not find kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in your child’s curriculum, but you (and your kid!) will be glad you did if your child ever has the misfortune of facing down a couple bullies!
Tight-Knit Community
A smaller community of enthusiasts is generally a more enthusiastic community overall! You will certainly get your fair share of overly committed athletes and soccer moms on

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varsity teams, but (aside from how insufferable they are) you may be missing out on a truly shared appreciation of a sport.

The more closely knit the community, the more support you will receive as you and your child move further along in your shared journey. There is a sense of belonging and camaraderie in an extracurricular you go out of your way to pursue outside the bounds of a schoolyard. 

You have the opportunity to make priceless, everlasting bonds with teachers, students, and other parents alike. You won’t have that type of access to

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school coaches, who are more than likely underpaid, overworked, and accustomed to the assembly-line mentality of varsity. 
Greater Chance for Success
This is just a simple game of odds. The smaller the pool of competitors, the greater your odds that your child can rise to the top.If this is your primary goal, then great (although you should probably reevaluate your priorities).

But even if you don’t care about your child rising to the top, they certainly will. The smaller the pool of competitors, the greater their chances are for qualifying for

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larger competitions on larger scales. Trust me: there is nothing quite like seeing your child’s eyes light up when they inform friends and family members that they just qualified for nationals. When it comes to oversaturated sports like track or soccer, you might not see that same fire ever light up in their eyes.
More Relaxed (Maybe)
Whether or not your child enrolls in a super competitive extracurricular outside the bounds of the schoolyard really depends on the institution you go through. Some, like recreational or “rec” sports, in your
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community may really just be about having fun. And if that is something your child is into—then great! You can still reap the benefits that come with more competitive games, like increased self-esteem and physical wellness.

Generally, though, the sheer fact alone that an institution as large as a school is not staking their name or reputation on its players is enough to ease the intensity at which students train. Remember that your child’s education should always come before their extracurricular, but schools that take their sports too seriously

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can often forget this.
Probably Cheaper!
Most parents who enroll their children in school-backed varsity sports can expect to pay $600 or more a year—at minimum.  Think about the gymnastics, jiu-jitsu, and other extracurricular sports available through private businesses in your area. Now, can you imagine any of them charging more than $600 for a season’s worth of classes?
No? Didn’t think so.
Let’s face it: who wants to hear about middle school soccer or field hockey? They’re just overplayed and, frankly, boring. Meanwhile, half a decade
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of mixed martial arts or fencing sound a lot more interesting! If you are the parent that is going to be hauling your kid to and from practice, the one sitting through competitions or games…shouldn’t it be interesting for you, too?
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Badass Sport for Your Kid

- 10 Feb 20

Helping your child choose a sport can be a daunting task. After all, if they are not into the sport they choose, there goes a good chunk of cash and time wasted. Gone—just like that! But if they do like it, well…you are both stuck with those six A.M. practices for the next five years.

But while there are plenty of compelling reasons to encourage your child to find a sport to play (self-esteem, physical fitness, general well-being…need I go on?), you should not just settle for the one of the three sports sanctioned by your kid’s middle school.

There is a big, wide world of sports and physical activities for your child to explore outside the narrow confines of their academic institutions. For instance, you may not find kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in your child’s curriculum, but you (and your kid!) will be glad you did if your child ever has the misfortune of facing down a couple bullies!

Tight-Knit Community

A smaller community of enthusiasts is generally a more enthusiastic community overall! You will certainly get your fair share of overly committed athletes and soccer moms on varsity teams, but (aside from how insufferable they are) you may be missing out on a truly shared appreciation of a sport.

The more closely knit the community, the more support you will receive as you and your child move further along in your shared journey. There is a sense of belonging and camaraderie in an extracurricular you go out of your way to pursue outside the bounds of a schoolyard. 

You have the opportunity to make priceless, everlasting bonds with teachers, students, and other parents alike. You won’t have that type of access to school coaches, who are more than likely underpaid, overworked, and accustomed to the assembly-line mentality of varsity

Greater Chance for Success

This is just a simple game of odds. The smaller the pool of competitors, the greater your odds that your child can rise to the top.If this is your primary goal, then great (although you should probably reevaluate your priorities).

But even if you don’t care about your child rising to the top, they certainly will. The smaller the pool of competitors, the greater their chances are for qualifying for larger competitions on larger scales. Trust me: there is nothing quite like seeing your child’s eyes light up when they inform friends and family members that they just qualified for nationals. When it comes to oversaturated sports like track or soccer, you might not see that same fire ever light up in their eyes.

More Relaxed (Maybe)

Whether or not your child enrolls in a super competitive extracurricular outside the bounds of the schoolyard really depends on the institution you go through. Some, like recreational or “rec” sports, in your community may really just be about having fun. And if that is something your child is into—then great! You can still reap the benefits that come with more competitive games, like increased self-esteem and physical wellness.

Generally, though, the sheer fact alone that an institution as large as a school is not staking their name or reputation on its players is enough to ease the intensity at which students train. Remember that your child’s education should always come before their extracurricular, but schools that take their sports too seriously can often forget this.

Probably Cheaper!

Most parents who enroll their children in school-backed varsity sports can expect to pay $600 or more a year—at minimum.  Think about the gymnastics, jiu-jitsu, and other extracurricular sports available through private businesses in your area. Now, can you imagine any of them charging more than $600 for a season’s worth of classes?

No? Didn’t think so.

Let’s face it: who wants to hear about middle school soccer or field hockey? They’re just overplayed and, frankly, boring. Meanwhile, half a decade of mixed martial arts or fencing sound a lot more interesting! If you are the parent that is going to be hauling your kid to and from practice, the one sitting through competitions or games…shouldn’t it be interesting for you, too?

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