How to Persuade Someone to Join a Sports Team

Two boys (11-13) talking on beach, one with bicycle, other with football

Sports have exploded into a worldwide culture, bringing spectators, communities and even countries together to cheer on their teams. But being part of a sports team can be even more rewarding, strengthening and empowering than watching. Not everyone gravitates toward playing sports, so it is important to understand how to properly encourage an interested player to participate in a sports team by communicating its benefits, and easing a hesitant mind.

Approach With Care

When attempting to persuade someone to join a sports team, it is important to understand the reasons that he is hesitant in the first place, and then use proper and effective persuasive skills. The benefits to playing a team sport are well documented, and when presented in the proper manner through a perspective of understanding, can be highly effective.

Prioritize the Person's Needs

Persuading a person to play a sport will not work if the motivation is for personal gain. For that reason, make sure she feels important. Take the time to listen to the questions that she may have about the specific sport, or the commitments required. Being persuasive does not require being forceful, so understand the limits, allow her opportunities to interject and base your approach on the needs she is communicating.

Communicate Benefits

Playing for a sports team has countless benefits, for everyone from youth to adults. It's important to share those benefits with the player you would like to join the team. Such benefits include the positive impact team sports have on confidence, self-esteem and stress management; the proven benefit of physical activity on academic success; and the healthy social environment that a team sport provides through an immediate sense of belonging. Finally, of course, remind him that sports are fun.

Ease Fears

Finally, allow the prospective teammate to respond with concerns. Common concerns include talent level; time and financial commitments; and the risk of injury. Remind her that there are sports for every level of talent and commitment, from social teams to competitive teams. Encourage her to look into the estimated costs, along with scholarship opportunities. Discuss how the sport ensures proper safety through its rules, regulations and equipment. Finally, invite her out to watch a game so she can get a glimpse into the experience.