Team sports provide an environment for both male and female high school students to learn virtues including good sportsmanship, teamwork, and friendship. When considering a private high school for your student, be sure to evaluate the opportunities he or she will have to participate on various teams as the benefits extend far beyond the goal line.

Competitive environment fosters emotional development

According to the educational website, KidsHealth.org, team sports play a key role in setting teens up for the setbacks and the emotional highs and lows that they will inevitably experience throughout their adult life. In a win-lose setting, kids are forced to learn how to cope with frustrations, anger and competitiveness. These experiences will help them to become more flexible adults, who are capable of winning with charity and losing with integrity.

Fitness and friendship are key components in building self-confidence

Boys and girls who participate in team athletics benefit from greater personal confidence and increased self-esteem. The Women’s Sports Foundation reports that for girls in particular, feeling more fit and in shape, maintaining a healthy weight, and developing positive friendships with teammates are all extremely beneficial.

Athletic commitments encourage students to develop time management skills

Teens who are involved in high school sports must learn quickly how to manage their time and prioritize responsibilities to their classes, teammates, and families. Learning to do so early on and prior to college, is a skill that serves students well long after their academic years.

High school athletes routinely excel in the classroom

In addition to strengthened social relationships, high school athletes consistently perform higher in their classes than non-sport students. According to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, those students who actively participated in sports did 10 percent better in the core subjects of math, science, social studies and language, than those who didn’t. Additionally, the increased amount of time spent working together on the court lends itself to more academically oriented friendships for those students off the court, as well.

To learn more about team sports in Chicago’s private high schools, contact Marian Catholic High School at (708) 755-7565.