A lot of people view sports as an accident waiting to happen. Being an athlete is hard, it’s mentally and physically exhausting, it pushes you when you sometimes would rather it not. In the long run, there are so many benefits that come out of it.
Being on a sports team allows for teams to travel, sometimes it’s just a place that’s an hour away, but it’s time that you get to spend with your teammates. My first year of college lacrosse, I was so scared to be playing a sport at a collegiate level. I thought about quitting because it was very time consuming and both mentally and physically challenging. We traveled all around the SouthEast and we even took a trip to Seattle and Portland. Being on a team gives you opportunities to travel places that you may have never been to before.
While on a team, you travel with your teammates, go to team dinners, do team activities and you form bonds with them overtime. Some of the people you meet become lifelong friends. Personally, there are a few people that I play lacrosse with that I spend time with outside of practice almost everyday. We are all very close and we know more about each other than most people do. This also helps when we are playing together because they trust we have with each other off the field translates onto the field as well.
Personally, I’ve been playing sports all my life. When I was younger, I was very shy and didn’t like interacting with people I didn’t know. Every sport I’ve played I have held some form of a leadership position. This has helped me not be as nervous when talking to new people or trying new things. Playing sports has also taught me that you will lose. There will be times when you mess up, but you have to pick yourself up and learn from your mistakes. It makes you work harder and it gives you the confidence so that if you do mess up, you will give 110% to do better the next time around.