Rugby seems to be a polarized sport when it comes to parents allowing their children to play. Parents are either be true blue and passionate fans that cheer and support their children in the game, or the opposite as parents will not allow their children to play, even with friends on a non competitive level.
Some parents believe that the sport is too high contact, which can cause bodily harm or promote a sense of brutality at a young age. But other parents have found that the game has been very beneficial in teaching their children lessons that help build character and promote maturity and better self esteem in contrast to their peers.
More specifically some of the important things learned by children who play rugby include sportsmanship. This lesson can be attributed to all sports played by children as well. But, there are some lessons that are unique to rugby. These include a combination of physical traits such as strength, endurance and agility. Many sports played by children only promote one or two physical traits, not all three.
Rugby can also create a sense of pride and confidence that can be very useful in a child’s self esteem, especially as they grow up to be teenagers. Having self-confidence can help young adults to stay strong when dealing with common peer pressure and to not stray from their goals and beliefs.
If your child has shown interest in playing rugby consider how your son or daughter could benefit from the game. If you would like more information, it is always helpful to speak with other parents of children that play rugby in your child’s specific age group. They can help you with many issues from choosing a community rugby team to buying the right type of rugby boots.