AGE SPECIFIC PROGRAMS
All of our Coaching Systems© are "outcome" based meaning that they are defined by what children require at a specific stage in their developmental level – all of our programs are thus age specific and align themselves with the sound educational principle of teaching children well within the boundaries of their age profile. Our programs for younger children are more focused on movement development – with a smaller ratio of sport skills, whereas programs for older children have a bigger ratio of sport skills and a smaller percentage of movement skills.
MORE THAN JUST SPORT!
Playball© sport coaches recognize that when coaching young children sport, it is not appropriate to teach physical skills in isolation. The emotional, social and cognitive development of the student has an equally important role to play when considering how the student is taught. A very important component of our teaching methodology is to make the children aware about social skills, values and norms whilst developing their physical skills. This approach is educational and holistic, ensuring that the focus is on the development of the “whole child”. Our approach is a positive one – we believe that positive encouragement and giving the child an opportunity to experience success (however small) results in improved self-concept and confidence, which in turn will improve competence.
Playball© is taught in an organized and structured manner. Class numbers are small, children are taught to listen to instructions, to observe demonstrations attentively and to concentrate while attempting the skills. No pressure is placed on the child to achieve! Healthy values are instilled such as treating other students with respect, co-operating well, taking turns, being flexible and being a good sport.
PLAYBALL© - TAUGHT ALL OVER THE WORLD!
The concept has been successful all over the world and is currently taught to children in the USA, Canada, England, Ireland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, UAE, Switzerland, Cyprus, Mexico and Southern Africa.
WHY IS PLAYING SPORT IMPERATIVE FOR A CHILD?
There is ongoing input from teachers, school directors and principals around the world as to the positive benefits that sport and movement has had on the lives of the children that they teach.
- It is necessary for school readiness
- It is necessary for sport participation, an important part of school life
- It is necessary for the development of social skills
- It is a very important component of a child’s overall academic development.
Movement is the child’s first “language” and the more proficient they become in this first language, the better they will develop other powers of expression, exploration and development.
Positive movement and sport experiences enable children to know and grow in an environment that is rich in wonderful experiences. As we know, success-orientated experiences empower young children. This establishes confident, competent children who know motivation and perseverance, and who are able to take suitable risks in all areas of their learning and development.
Modern life with its mass explosion of technological advancements has created inactive environments for children especially in their early years
The amount of time that children spend in an active environment has decreased for many reasons including:
- New pastimes and games such as computers and game consoles
- Limited opportunities for play
- Ever increasing pressures on time
- Inactive role models
- Over concern for safety
The health benefits of being physically active are at last being recognized as an important component of a child’s life. There is clear evidence that increasing physical activity in children can result in health benefits such as:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Diabetes prevention and control
- Primary prevention of some cancers
- Injury prevention and control
- Promotion of positive mental health
Research indicates that children who develop the key movement skills and experience the joy of competent sports participation will participate in physical activity and enjoy the many benefits that an active life provides.
HOW CAN LOW MUSCLE TONE AFFECT THE CHILD IN THE CLASSROOM?
Unfortunately children who have not developed sufficient trunk control (low muscle tone) through lack of movement will have difficulty sitting still at their desk, as they will constantly need to adjust their postures. Too much time will be spent doing the task (focusing on their writing as an example) and very little time spent learning about the task. Because of this they will inevitably miss a lot of what is being said by the teacher and the gap between their knowledge and that of their peers can widen.
HOW DOES A PROGRAM LIKE PLAYBALL© FACILITATE THESE LEARNING EXPERIENCES?
By dealing with children in a special way the Playball© coach aims to help children become self-respecting and responsible human beings who are able to respond to the challenges of school competently and enthusiastically.
Throughout the Playball© programs children are exposed to challenges, which are not only relevant to their developmental needs but also in line with the latest educational principles of motor development.
Children need to play. They need to socialize. They need to feel worthy
However in order to achieve these and many more life skills, they need to feel confident and comfortable in their learning environment!