Whether you are a dedicated sportsman or simply like to get some exercise into your life playing indoor sports can greatly improve your play outside. Playing indoor sports can assist you to gain valuable skills such as focus, integrity, personal resilience and team building skills that will translate into a better game for yourself and your teammates.
Directed Attention over Involuntary Attention
Through many of the activities in our lives, we require the use of directed attention to stay on task and achieve what we need to achieve, whether that is driving a car, studying for an exam or preparing a meal. When we get outside in the open air and are in the expanse of the outer world we employ the use of our involuntary attention, which means our focus is more expanded into the area where we are.
Playing indoor sports, especially if it is the same game that we are playing outdoors, allows us to use our directed attention, and practice the detail in the skills that we need specifically to play the game. This means that when we do get onto the court, field, or pitch, to play our game with our team in the outdoors, and our attention is not swayed so easily by the external factors such as the audience, sights and sounds of our natural surroundings.
As many of the people who play indoor sports at Salisbury Super Sports have found, an increase in the ability to focus is a valuable asset to doing their best in their team sports outside.
Integrity and Commitment
When it comes to playing a sport outside, sometimes we just don’t feel like playing, especially if it is a warm day, or there is something we think we would like to be doing instead. Having the commitment of playing our regular indoor sports activity teaches us to front up every time, and demonstrate our own personal integrity as a valuable part of the team.
As the team players at Salisbury Super Sports can attest, this commitment to their team translates not only into their play outside but also into every other area of their life. As the saying goes, “If you are not in it, you cannot win it”, so integrity and commitment are the building blocks of success.