Are you looking to start playing sports this year? There are lots of pros and cons associated with each sport that should be evaluated before choosing the one that's right for you! Something that may be a pro for someone else, may be a con for you, so we can't really break it down for you like that, but here are some things you might take into consideration when identifying which sport(s) you want to start playing.
Not all schools offer the same sports to students, so check your school for available options.
Consider your personal abilities and strengths before jumping into a sport, but don't let shortcomings rule out playing a sport in which you have interest. If you aren't a strong runner but soccer interests you, you should go for it! Your body will change and adapt throughout the years and you have a great deal of control on how it changes. So, if you want to be a faster runner, you can train to get there! If you want to improve endurance, or the amount of time you can run without having to stop, you can improve that with training as well!
Do you want to play an indoor or outdoor sport? Does it even matter to you? Volleyball is mostly an indoor sport. This provides protection from the elements such as rain, snow and extreme heat. It's also nice for people who don't want to participate in a contact sport. It is a team sport so you don't miss out on that connection or lose out on learning the value of teamwork! While the chances of being rained out are a lot higher for soccer than they are for volleyball, soccer can be a very aggressive sport. The benefits include a variety of positions that can play on multiple strengths. If speed is your strength, perhaps playing forward will be a good fit. For those who have great endurance, your team will likely rely on your to play a midfielder position. Have great hand eye coordination and no fear? Goal Keeper! Soccer can be an indoor or outdoor sport, while baseball tends to be an outdoor sport due to the need for lots of space in order to play it. Sometimes games get cancelled due to weather but lots of times these can be made up. Practices and games are held in the heat or in the cold, and players are exposed to all the natural elements, like wind which can make playing well a bigger challenge.
Why do you want to play? To get fit or stay in shape? To develop healthy habits? To challenge yourself? If learning teamwork isn't a goal, there's nothing saying you have to participate in team sports. It will be difficult to find a sport offered in schools that focuses on individual athleticism but competing in wrestling, swimming or track and field gives you a chance to work on your sport as an individual, compete as an individual and still be supported by a team system. If these don't interest you, there are lots of individual sports offered by recreation centers and privately owned businesses at your disposal, including Karate, Archery, Golf, etc.
Try not to make too big of a deal of sport selection because you can always change which sport you play later if you start one and it isn't as good a fit as you thought it would be. In fact, trying multiple sports may be beneficial as it provides you with new experiences, a chance to meet new people, a way to explore your interests and strengths as well as provides you with opportunity to expand your overall athletic abilities and fitness level.
Epic Sports offers everything you need to get started in a variety of sports and at such low prices you can afford to experiment with which sport is right for you. Check out our closeout selection to find the best prices on sports gear.