What do you think is the most important trait for kids to become athletes?
Is it strength? Speed?
Perhaps it’s size…or toughness.
All those traits are important. But I don’t think they are the most important.
I think it’s consistency.
Consistency in practice, in getting outside and playing, consistency when having ups and downs.
No matter how skilled an athlete is, they need to practice consistently. It doesn’t have to be the same sport (in fact for younger athletes it shouldn’t be). It does have to be every day.
The NFL has a program called “Play 60”, encouraging kids to get outside and play for at least 60 minutes every day.
I don’t think that’s enough. Honestly, I think that kids need to be active for at least 3 hours a day. That doesn’t mean they need 3 hours of soccer practice. It means they need to be outside with friends; running, throwing, kicking, climbing, and just playing.
By consistently getting outside and playing, or even physical playing and movement inside, then kids will be more fit, more healthy and more athletic.