We have noted increasing consideration of the developmental consequences of sport and physical activity for development, fuelled by growing recognition of the possible role of such activities in both promoting positive development and preventing unhealthy outcomes. In addition to the established health benefits of physical activity, sport can provide a forum for engagement in challenging tasks, identity exploration, skill building, and social integration. Such benefits are likely to be relevant across developmental stages, gender, and culture.
OBJECTIVES OF SPORTS
A. Development of Physical Fitness:
The most obvious objective of athletics is the development and maintenance of physical fitness. The student who participates in athletics will improve physically and mentally while learning activities that will maintain a high level of physical fitness. Many activities in their entirety carry over into adult life as vocations or recreational pursuits. Some activities do not, but the skills and attitudes developed contribute to continued fitness.
B. Development of Skills and Mental Alertness:
A sport is a learning activity the rules, the principles, the individual skills, and the cooperative effort. An individual learns to make decisions under stress. This is something that is frequently missed in adolescent experience. A student learns to think quickly and react to changing conditions. He/She learns to accept the consequence of his/her choices. The student learns that practice and discipline provides the resources to implement choices effectively.
C. Development of Personal Qualities
The coach through the interscholastic program encourages the participants to:
D. Development of Character:
The coach maintains an emphasis on character education through the development of:
E. Development of community acceptance and pride.
Importance of Sport