When you’re just discovering a new sport, at first it feels like learning a new language. There’s so much that you don’t quite get and so many references that mean nothing to you. But that’s all part of the fun of learning a new sport, whether you’re getting involved as a spectator or learning to play it, or maybe even both. We’re going to talk today about how to get into it and learn the language of a new sport, so read on to find out more.
Look for Local Clubs to Get Involved With
First of all, you should see if there are local clubs or teams you can play for. And if you’re not interested in the playing side of things, see if there are supporters clubs that you can get involved with instead. They’ll help you meet people and get into the culture of the sport.
Learn From Someone More Knowledgeable
When you’re still learning the ropes and trying to get your head round the rules of the game, it’s best to learn from someone who has a more complete understanding. Find a friend who’s been following the sport for a long time and who knows what they’re talking about with regards to all this. It’ll make your life a lot easier.
Experience it in Person
If you want to really understand a sport and fall in love with it, you really need to experience it in person. Attending a live game at a professional level can really help you to get into the sport and see why other people are so passionate about it and the culture that surrounds it. So if you want to get into rugby, for example, you might want to attend the The Lions tour or the Rugby World Cup.
Find Coverage You Enjoy
Finding sports coverage, whether it’s online, on TV or on the radio, it can be a great way to learn more about a sport from people who really know what they’re talking about. The only way to find the coverage that’s best for you is to try out different channels and see what works. These days, a lot of the best niche coverage is found via podcasts and Youtube content.
Accept That it Takes Time and There’s No Rush
When you’re getting into a new sport, you need to accept that you don’t need to rush it and you’re not going to be an expert or a pro player in a matter of weeks. It takes time. For example, if you want to take up basketball, you need to play casually with people who are a lot better than you, probably losing a lot of games and head to heads, before you get to a level that you want to be at.
Getting into a new sport can be tough at times, but it’s all very rewarding when your understanding or ability at playing the sport increases and you begin enjoying it more than ever before. That’s how a true passion for anything begins, so make the most of the advice outlined above.