For some students, sports are fun and the only real reason they want to go to school. Without the ability to play a sport they do not want to have to sit in class. However, sports should just be used to improve the overall learning experience. There needs to be a proper balance between the sport and school life for the student to truly benefit from their time in school.
If your child falls into the category of not wanting to be involved in sports at all this is not a good thing either. There are life lessons that can only be learned from your child playing a sport which is why you should try to get them involved at an early age. I know several indiviuals who played sports and opened up several doors toward their future. They are not professional athletes now but they own businesses and hold respectable jobs now in their life. Many of the lessons they learned in sports mixed with their schoolbook knowledge, has allowed them to be respectable members of society.
Playing a sport will look good on your transcripts when you apply to college.
Grades will always be important when it comes to getting into colleges. But one of the ways to truly stand up is to have several different extracurriculars on your transcript. Colleges want to know that you are multifaceted and can do more than just test well. Sports show that you possess leadership skills and also that you are willing to listen. There have been students who received scholarships to Ivy League schools because of their performance in sports. Do not sleep on the possibilities that come associated with playing sports.