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Sport activity is one of the most exciting and bonding experiences you can get with your child. Cricket is not an exception! However, there are some things your child has to experience while playing the game to truly understand the game.
1. Challenging and Competitive Aspect
First and foremost, your children should experience the challenging and competitive nature of cricket. Just like in any other sport, in cricket, players have to push their limits to achieve victory. Without any doubt, cricket is full of role models that encourage children to try their best. Almost every national cricket team that can be checked at Stumped.App features several players that may become these role models for children. Who knows, it may occur that your children can become prominent professional players!
Still, every player is the part of the team, and competition and challenge in cricket are all about teamwork. Sure, each player naturally relies on own skills, but as a team game, cricket teaches children that victory is a matter of teamwork and cooperation. Certainly, a competitive environment in cricket is a great way to prepare your children for real life: challenge, teamwork, and pushing the limits are all great life lessons.
What separates cricket from many other sports is that it requires players to have impressive focus and strategic skills. It’s like an actual game of chess, wherein each move must be carefully thought of and calculated. And just like in real life, competition in cricket should always be fair to the game and other players. Without experiencing these things, your children won’t understand cricket.
At the same time, playing cricket also teaches resilience. The experience of losing is as much important as the feeling of victory and competition. Moreover, children start valuing own victories more, if they know what it means to lose a game. If your children don’t experience the feeling of losing the competition, they would not understand cricket fully. Coming back on the pitch after an unsuccessful match and recovering from the defeat is a thing your children should definitely experience.
Undoubtedly, cricket can teach very valuable life lessons, and learning how to accept failure is one of them. Sportsmanship and discipline, the ability to overcome own mental and physical barriers are definitely crucial skills not only in cricket but in life in general. To become a leader on both a cricket pitch and in real life, a child should realize that a way to victory always lies through defeats. Children should also feel that their team is always there for them, and ready to provide support even in times of a defeat.
3. Friendship and Community
However, most importantly, cricket is about friendship and community. Cricket is a team sport, which means your child will be encouraged to work with others. Also, the sport encompasses the boundaries of class, age, and gender, which means your child will be exposed to a diverse social community. We all know being socially adept is a critical life skill. So, teaching your child to be that at a young age is a cracking idea!
Your children should experience the feeling of camaraderie and bonding with the people they play cricket with. Cricket pitch is not only the place for the competition, but also a place for making friends, establishing connections with different people, and communicating with each other. Such a feeling is also achieved through the support of local clubs and tournaments. To put it in other words, your children should realize that they can always find support within the cricket community, and there is always a place for newcomers within this community.
To sum it all up, cricket is a fun, educational, and rich social experience for children. It doesn’t just teach your child to swing a bat or score a run; it keeps him/her fit and healthy and teaches him/her lessons that are valuable in life. Cricket has it all: victories, defeats, teamwork, individual leadership skills, and the feeling of the community. If your children do not experience these things, they would not understand the game.