We know the struggle.
Watching your child grow up and planning their future is scary.We know you want the best for your child, but it's not always easy knowing what’s right for them. That’s where we come in.
We are Top Gun Volleyball, a volleyball club in San Antonio that after 10 years continues to build strong relationships with families and help athletes get to the next level.
Many parents aren't aware of the benefits that come with playing a sport. It can shape their child’s future in a positive way. Playing a sport can benefit a child’s physical and emotional health as well as reap benefits in the classroom.
Here are the 5 reasons your child should play Volleyball:
1. Emotional Benefits
Every sport is full of emotions. Sometimes you win, other times you don’t. Victory, defeat, happiness, and disappointment don't just happen out on the field or on the court, but also in everyday life. A student athlete is more likely to be successful at navigating through their feelings.
Sports can also be incredibly beneficial for mental health. When you exercise the brain releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins that improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed. It's also a proven fact that playing a sport can improve your self-confidence by having the support of teammates, receiving encouraging words from a coach or parent and accomplishing personal goals. Playing a sport regularly can improve your child’s emotional well-being.
2. Physical Benefits
It’s no secret that being active can lead to better overall health. I’m sure you’ve heard it from doctors, read it on the internet, and even seen it on television.
According to a study done by Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2018, of 7,822 children examined over three years, only 5% in the 5 to 18 age group exercised 60 minutes per day, the federally recommended amount of exercise. The study also found that 50% were “insufficiently active” and 5% reported no physical activity.
Nowadays, it’s very important to incorporate exercise in your child’s routine. Just last year, the CDC found that 18.5% of children aged 2 to 19 were affected by obesity. Within the different age groups, obesity prevalence was 13.9% among 2 to 5 year olds, 18.4% among 6 to 11 year olds, and 20.6% among 12 to 19 year olds. Giving your child the opportunity to be active by joining a sports team will improve their health and decrease the odds of obesity.
3. Educational Benefits
Children who engage in sports from a young age tend to have 40% higher test scores and have a 15% higher likelihood of attending college. According to data collected for the Healthy Sports Index, high school athletes are 6% more likely to graduate from a four-year college than non-athletes. Athletes were also shown to have better GPA outcomes than non-athletes. We can continue to hit you with all the statistics in the world, but the bottom line is that a student athlete is more likely to perform better in education than a non-athlete.
Only 2% of student athletes get athletic scholarships — we know how competitive recruitment can be, which is why Top Gun Volleyball is committed to helping our players become a top choice for recruiters. Over the years, 10 of our Top Gun Volleyball players have received athletic scholarships.
4. Teamwork and Socialization
While an individual sport can teach you much about discipline, a team sport will show you how to work together. Volleyball is a team effort, a collaboration, and an alliance for the love of the sport. There’s no I in TEAM. Many virtues come from learning how to work in a team environment with a team mindset. Patience, collaboration, and communication are some of the skills your child can learn by participating in a team sport — all of which can translate into soft skills for their future.
Not only will your child learn how to work within a team, but they will also learn social skills. Encouraging your child to join a team sport will give them the opportunity to meet new people who can turn into life-long friends.
5. Non-Contact Sport
We all know that some sports are more dangerous and carry more risks than others.
However, volleyball is a non-contact sport.
Although we can’t one hundred percent guarantee that your child won’t get hurt during a game, we can ease your mind by letting you know that most injuries in this game tend to be a sprained ankle. Studies have shown that volleyball has the overall lowest rate of concussions for all youth sports. Most of their injuries tend to be ankles, knees and fingers, which can all be prevented by using their protective gear such as knee pads, padded shorts, and ankle braces, as well as having organized warm-ups and good technique.
Top Gun Volleyball is the Whole Package
If you’ve been looking for an organization your child can be part of where they can excel, Top Gun Volleyball focuses on technical and fundamental skill development with tactical systems training. Our coaching philosophy focuses on guiding athletes through self-discovery by training the whole person — mentally, physically and emotionally. Top Gun Volleyball is the whole package.
If volleyball seems like a sport your child would be interested in and you live in the San Antonio area come check us out. You can meet our staff and experience our training at one of our Summer Clinics.
We can’t wait to meet you!