Now more than ever, Bill Koch Youth Ski League (BKL) clubs are one of the most valuable ways to introduce youth to sport, foster a love of the outdoors, and provide an outlet for play. Has anyone ever asked you why their child should join a BKL club? Here are just a few reasons to join:
Deliberate PLAY: At the heart of the BKL care games, which is something that our youth do not get enough of anymore. Sports Psychologist Jean Cote says, “To promote lifelong, intrinsically motivated sport participation, it is imperative to build a foundation during childhood. Inclusion of high amounts of deliberate play activities early in development provides that motivational foundation.” Learning by doing is the primary teaching style of the BKL, meaning your child will get a lot of deliberate PLAY time at a BKL practice!
Diversification: BKL Programs ensures that youth are multi-sport athletes. Because skiing isn’t always possible, practices are sometimes on foot plus there are three other seasons for youth to participate in other sports. Research shows that early participation in multiple sports leads to better overall motor and athletic development, less overuse injuries and burnout, and a higher likelihood that kids will stay active for life.
Healthy competition: All BKL activities and competitions are designed to teach each child to participate to the best of their respective abilities. The focus of a BKL is always on what is best for your child, and when asked in surveys, 9 out of 10 kids say “FUN” is the main reason they participate in sports. Results and winning are often the priority of adults, while children mostly want an opportunity to try their best
Active for life: Joining a BKL means that you as a parent/caretaker are often on skis or participating in some way. BKL Programs are focused on community and creating a lifelong love for being active outside. Skiing is a low impact sport that can be done for life.
To learn more about the BKL Ski Club nearest you, and to sign up your child, visit our Club Directory HERE and contact the listed leader.