Let’s not waste time, so let’s dive straight in:
1 – Gross & Fine Motor development
It is no secret that more and more children are lacking in muscle tone, spacial awareness and coordination. there are some factors giving rise to this such as additional screen time, both parents working, small living spaces and safety. but cricket can help bridge the gap towards this:
2 – Muscle tone
Holding and swinging a bat utilises your big muscle groups, biceps, lower back, chest, quads etc to mention a few. the simple task of holding “the pose” in the check drive gives an exceptional work out routine.
Running around is part of it, high amounts of speed in sprinting from wicket to wicket after hitting the ball is one element, running in with bowling and then obviously fielding in retrieving the ball and throwing it. we can also get creative and push up intensity to get our children running even more.
Catching, throwing, watching the ball, hitting the ball is perfect for coordination development and depth perception enhancement.
Saving on OT later down the line
The time spent outside, the more time spent playing sport, the more you will save on Occupational therapy later on down the line. the more movement that takes place the more money you will save
3 – Self esteem boosting
Children love repetition, studies have shown why children can watch the same disney movie over and over and never get bored of it – the most enjoyable aspect of these films is that the preschooler knows what’s coming next, there is a confidence in predicting the future.
So when we apply that to cricket or any sport for that matter, a child that starts playing sooner in a no pressure environment with encouraging language, can learn quicker and then predict sooner. this is what builds self esteem and confidence, the thinking that i know what to do and how to do it. empowering your child with knowledge of new things before its new to everyone else is powerful.
To fast track this even further is then to watch sport together (TV in moderation of course) and identify teams of support and player role models, this is the beginning of children imitating or practising what they see on TV, further creating greater confidence in themselves.
4 – Positive association with outdoor activity
Time outside is vital for development and growth. Vitamin D absorption is really important and free if spent enough time outside. encouraging an active lifestyle will reap benefits in health issues 100 fold down the line.
Creating an environment to explore and play within a safe setting helps brain and mental capacity development
5 – Mental & analytical enhancement
Cricket is one of the view games that offers a wide variety of scenarios, sports like rugby and football have a distinctive flow, but that flow is dependent on set plays and formula’s, where as cricket offers more complexity to problem solving and trial and error, take a batsman for example, he/she has understand the pitch conditions, field placements, weather factors, and game scenarios before he/she faces a ball. once the ball is released, he/she has judge the line, the length, swing/spin/seam/speed factors of that particular ball and ensure optimised stroke play piercing gaps in the field based on the teams requirements.
Each team is different, playing conditions, players all offer opportunity for real time adaptability in playing and winning. long periods of concentration while in the outfield, the list goes on and on…
6 – Social interaction engagement
Cricket is a team game made up of individual brilliance and performance, both elements are important and offer opportunity to grow tactically and socially.
Improved cricket performance for the long term
Although at this age improved performance is not a factor to look at, if anything adding pressure from a young age will negatively affect your child’s development in the long run. the result of improved performance will naturally take place with no effort to ensure that goal.
The more time spent playing cricket, the stronger the pathways in the brain to develop the skill. but let me emphasis that performance is not the goal, it’s the result if time spent playing was fun and meaningful.
7 – Fun with mom and dad
At the end of the day the most important bond is with mom and dad. you are their everything, and having some fun activities to do and play with on weekends of in the garden after work will leave the most impact on your child’s development.