Fundamental sports skills
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This stage is critical for the development of physical literacy and the time when children lay the foundations of many advanced skills. Skill development is best achieved through a combination of unstructured play in a safe and challenging environment. Children need quality instruction from knowledgeable teachers, leaders and coaches in community recreation activities, schools and minor sport programmes.
Skill development during this stage should be well-structured, positive and FUN, and should concentrate on developing the ABCs – Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed, plus rhythmic activities.
Hand and foot speed can be developed especially well during this stage. If this window of opportunity is missed, body speed later in life may be compromised.
Strength, endurance and flexibility need to be developed, but through games and fun activities rather than a strict training regime.
At this stage, it is critical that children learn to “read” the movements going on around them and begin to learn decision making during games.
Things to think about:
- Children this age should not specialise in a single sport.
- Children can play their preferred sport once or twice a week, but they should take part in other sports or activities at least three to four times per week.
- Children this age have a strong sense of what is “fair” and should be introduced to the simple rules and ethics of sports.
- Basic tactics and decision making can also be introduced.
- Using equipment that is the right size, and that fits well makes learning activities safer and much more enjoyable.
Fundamentals – Physical literacy activities
- Encourage children to engage in unstructured physical play with their friends every day, regardless of the weather.
- Continue to play catching, throwing, hitting, running and other physically demanding games with both boys and girls.
- If possible, enrol children in programmes that offer a wide variety of different activities. Try as many different activities at Movement Park as possible.
- Don’t be concerned with the score. At this age many programmes that include competition don’t keep score. This puts the focus of the programme on learning and having fun, rather than on doing whatever it takes to win matches, games and leagues.
- Don’t believe the myth that early specialisation in sports such as football or netball will lead to greater performance later in life. Developing all-round capabilities at this age is far better for long-term ability.
- Sign- up for the Movement Park parent report card service and receive a 6 month report of your child's physicallity.
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Movement Park includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all. If your child has a disability, please ask our staff if the class you or your child is interested in is suitable.