Requiring all students to join a sports team: Why not?


Recently, the Sports Club of our school has proposed that all students should be required to join a sports team at school. This has certainly raised a controversy among our teachers, classmates and parents. However, despite all the negative opinions about this policy, I think it is definitely a good idea.


First of all, having all students join a sports team can ensure that all students actually do exercise on a regular basis. Teenage corpulence has been increasingly serious nowadays. And the biggest part of its cause is that teenagers seriously lack exercise since they would rather spend time on other things like studying, using their smart phones, playing gaming consoles, etc. They might not even have the chance to do exercise once a week apart from those in PE lessons. Let alone regular exercise every day, which is actually very basic. Students joining school sports team have to have training for twice or more each week, at least one hour or more each time. This can be a great opportunity for them to really exercise regularly during school days, guaranteeing that they would not just do a tiny bit of exercise every week, thus lowering the risks of being obese and unhealthy.


Apart from ensuring that all students will do exercise from time to time, this policy can also help discover sports talents in our school. There are always things that we do not know we like or we are good at until we have actually tried. When all students are required to join the sports team at school, they will surely choose the one they like most or unlike least. From the professional teaching and training of the teams, there is a high probability that they will develop or deepen their interest in that kind of sports, while some may even realize that they have the gift to excel. Not only can this help our school discover and nurture athletic elites, it can also help students develop self-esteem as some of their talents can finally be brought to light, appreciated by others and be proud of.


Some people may argue that this policy is not a good idea as not every student is capable of dealing with the tough training in the sport team and a low self-esteem might result when one cannot complete certain tasks during the training while others can. Nevertheless, the fact that another story says, students can actually learn the importance of endurance and patience while corning across any laborious tasks in training. Realizing that giving up does not help them to make it through, they have to stay tough and thus use every endeavor to complete the forthcoming tasks during training. Also, although students unable to finish some tasks during training might feel less confident about their physical ability, this can actually make them learn a crucial lesson of life: nobody is a picture perfect and everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. These so-called shortcomings students might face while taking part in the sport team would turn out to be a trigger to their pursuit of vital values of life.


This policy seems to be rather “autocratic” and disagreeable to many students and parents. Nonetheless, the benefits brought about should never be underestimated as they have a considerable significance on students’ physical and spiritual well-being. If the opposing ones try thinking out of the box, they will realize how sensible this policy actually is.