Selection in SSB of Non Sportspersons
It is a common belief among SSB aspirants that being a sportsperson improves chances of selection. This belief is not untrue. Sports help in personality development and hence the benefits accrue over a period of time to sportspersons. The popular, short cut approach to becoming a sportsperson is however flawed and provides very little benefits. Majority of Indian youth, including SSB aspirants are non sportspersons. They should not be deterred because of this reason in facing SSB. This blog discusses, “Selection in SSB of Non Sportspersons”
Please Don’t Fake Hobbies!
The popular method of the ‘shortcuts generation’ is to become sportspersons in 2 months. This is what people do: Buy a Badminton racket and start playing with a plastic shuttlecock outdoors with friends. Read rules etc about Badminton; learn names of Saina Nehwal and Srikanth. They now think that they are ready to answer questions about Badminton posed by interviewing officer in SSB convincingly and write ‘Badminton’ as their hobby in PIQ form. It is important to note these persons’ prime motive is beating the SSB system; they are not fond of Badminton. It is a ‘faked hobby’. It takes less than 2 minutes for interviewing officers to learn the truth about such ‘faked hobbies’! It does their selection chances no good!
Sporting Hobbies for Non Sportspersons
Suitable sporting hobbies which non sportspersons can develop for long term personal benefits are the following: running, cycling, swimming, exercising with or without weights and Yoga. One or more of these hobbies can be developed easily. They have the following benefits:
- Can be pursued without the support of a team, or anyone else.
- Can be begun at any age.
- Provide good health benefits.
Long Term Benefits of Recommended Hobbies
Cycling/ Swimming. Exercising is essential for all to stay fit. Hence everyone must exercise regularly. Often people who are overweight risk injury by running till such time as their weight becomes manageable. For such persons cycling or swimming is good as it does not pose the risk of injury to the knees. These exercises also provide benefits to improve the strength of legs and cardio-vascular fitness.
Running. Running is a very good exercise to improve cardiovascular fitness and improve leg strength.
Weight Training. Weight training is very good to improve muscle strength, posture, appearance, maintain desired weight and bone density.
Yoga. Yoga exercises are very good to improve posture, flexibility and prevent injuries. They also help to fight some chronic ailments.
Apart from the above benefits all the above exercises provide great mental benefits, reduce stress and build immunity to ailments.
Conclusion: Fitness for SSB
Physical fitness is an important selection criterion in SSB. It can be enhanced effectively by developing one or more of the hobbies discussed by persons who have not been involved in any exercise or games in their lives. It is much more sensible to do so, rather than develop a ‘fake hobby’.