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Getting Started In A New Sport – Principles For You

The recent societal lockdowns and associated life changes we have all experienced have given us a platform to rethink, reconsider, and reset. This means that getting started in a new sport could provide us with a valuable opportunity to potentially move forward and better ourselves as people.

If you wish to begin a new sport but aren’t quite sure how to do so in the current time, it’s important to plan your approach to begin with. Furthermore, beginning a new physical activity in order to stay fit and meet people can seem quite daunting at first, especially if you haven’t played sports since high school.

Thankfully, following a range of important principles can help you make the best of this, become a great team player, and ultimately respect the game you hope to enjoy. In this post, we’ll discuss a few essential measures anyone can take to not only love the sport of their choice but to actively engage in it. We’ll also provide Covid-specific examples of ideal candor to help you move forward in the best possible sense:

Learn About The Theory & History

Learning about the theory and history of a sport gives you the chance to truly feel inspired by its progression. Are you interested in soccer? Great! Perhaps you could learn about the formation of the game, about how leather skin footballs were hard to kick, and how the rules changed over time.

Figuring out about the current professional sports teams, the athletes that give their all to their name, and the histories of certain sporting cultures can be enlightening. It can also inform your practice. For instance, practicing Muay Thai can be informed by the long history that goes into making this one of the most effective eight-point striking systems in the world. Learning about the theory and history of anything can help you appreciate it more, but sports are special. You can actually physically embody that practice, following the disciplines of those athletes or practitioners that have come before you. That can be a wonderful thing to experience.

Find Worthwhile Equipment

It’s very important to find worthwhile equipment to help you dress yourself appropriately. For instance, you may need to wear certain gear, footwear, protective elements, and perhaps even additional safety measures such as a belt or chalk.

Worthwhile equipment can help you invest in your new hobby and feel engaged in its practice. No matter if this is investing in your first set of golf clubs, or your first football, or your first Karate uniform, make sure to select good equipment recommended by your intro sports guides. Speak to your mentor to see if they can provide any additional insight. This approach may not sound easy, but it’s certainly worth considering, because when you feel prepare for that first step – you’re much more likely to take it.

Find An Appropriate Club

Not all sports clubs are alike. Some may welcome newcomers, while some may be a little more advanced. Some may not be operational during the time of Covid-19, while others may have applied additional restrictions to keep your safety in check.

Don’t be afraid to ask, because sooner or later you’ll be found to belong or not belong depending on how skilled and able you are. It might be that certain clubs offer newbie training days. For instance, it’s not uncommon for rowing clubs to use particular types of starter boats to prevent newcomers from tipping their boat over as they learn the basics of oar handling and control. Finding an appropriate club can also help you meet people with the same basic, starting appreciation for the sport as you.

Clubs can be training clubs, or they could just be a group of friends posting on meetup websites about their need for an additional goalkeeper in a footballing five-a-side. Find that appropriate club. It will not only help you fall in love with the sport even more, but it will no doubt help you learn at the rate most appropriate for you.

Invite Your Friends With You

Bring a couple of friends along! It can be fun to begin a new sport with absolutely no skill provided you have someone in the same boat as you learning all of the similar steps at a similar time.

For instance, if you wish to get into golfing, you could figure out how to drive well at the local driving range. Hitting those balls off the tee with great distance and perfecting your form is a fantastic feeling, and a low-impact environment like this is the best way to start. We would recommend these excellent golf tips for beginner golfers, as they can help you avoid making many of the rookie mistakes you would otherwise learn to avoid the hard way.

Get Started & Dive In

Don’t be afraid to get started and dive in! We all start somewhere. It might be that you’re having quite a heavy time learning Kung-Fu for the first time. Don’t worry, you don’t have to fight against five ninjas coming at you for the secrets you possess…yet. Those situations rarely occur, anyway.

Diving in can help you get over the performance anxiety you may experience to begin with. Learning through making mistakes is a fun process, because when you overcome an issue, you feel better for it. Getting started means that you’re taking a leap of faith to begin.

So, getting involved is the best way to learn. For instance, if you’ve decided to play Rugby, why not play a range of different positions? Learn how to play both League and Union, because that will inform your overall understanding of the game. Dive into the game, because it will provide you the means to learn by primary experience, and this will help inform the research into the theory you had been taking part in before. Before long, your love for the sport in question will grow.

With this advice, we hope you can more easily get started in a new sport. It might seem daunting right now, but we’re certain you’re about to have a grand old time.

Written by Sami Jarjour

The Co-Founder of Sports ON Tap & Host of "Stuff That Matters w/ Sami Jarjour" Podcast & Co-Host of "Pod That: Two Brothers Talkin' Sports"

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