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        Age Specific Programs

The programs are age specific, with each of our programs taking into

account the difference in the cognitive, emotional and social

development of the children taught in each age group.  Fun, active

sports for your child, with different movement programs for boys and

girls between the ages of 2 and 8.

Scroll down to find the right program for your child.  If you have any

questions, please email carla@playballch.com

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Two Can Do - Playball Sports Activities for Toddlers - Age 2

Two Can Do Toddler Classes overview

Our toddler classes focus is on laying the basic foundation of movement in order to enable your child to accomplish more challenging sport-related skills as they progress through the Playball programmes.

A two year toddler old is still discovering the wonderful things their bodies can do and need lots of practice in basic building blocks like locomotion, balance etc, which is why we focus on:

  • Delivering an active start to structured, fun (but formalised) lessons.
  • Enrichment of movement experience and participation in sports activities for toddlers
  • Motor planning, core strength, balance, stretching, spatial awareness, running, jumping, concept formation and object manipulation.

Through lots of exploration and discovery, we work in a creative way to encourage your child to:

  • Move more freely
  • Stretch their physical boundaries
  • Develop spatial awareness
  • Perform 'big' motor movements
  • Develop counting, colour recognition and word familiarisation
  • Emphasis is on participation and not competence at this early stage
  • Ensure your child's first experience of Playball is positive and exciting


Fundamental skill categories:

STABILITYLOCOMOTIONMANIPULATION
BalancingWalkingThrowing
RollingCrawlingRolling a ball
DodgingRunningKicking
BendingJumpingCatching
StretchingSlidingHitting
RotatingStopping
Landing
Turning



Life orientation principles encouraged:

SOCIALEMOTIONALCOGNITIVE
IndependenceConfidenceListening
Co-operationSelf-esteemObservation
CommunicationCourageSelf-control
Positive relationshipsPositive attitudeDiscipline
Social respectPositive work ethicDecision-making
AdaptabilityPersistenceConcentration and focus



Class sizes and duration:

  • Maximum of 4-6 children per class.
  • 30 min 

 

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Watch Me at 3 Sports for Kids Programme - Age 3

Watch me @ 3 Playball programme overview

A healthy balance is maintained between fun and learning as your child is introduced to basic movement and sport development skills which will lay the foundation for future, successful sports participation.

As this is often your child's first encounter within a formal environment, learning will also be directed towards improving concentration and listening skills.

The Watch me @ 3 programme covers the following areas:

  • Coaching all basic sports for kids skills with the emphasis on a measure of competence involving the grip/foot position, body position, head position and the action/movement to the ball/object (this is the first introduction of the Playball Focus Points - PFPs - which are engrained in all subsequent programmes).
  • Continued development of your child's enjoyment of sport.
  • Confidence to participate in sporting activities and games.
  • Social integration with other children
  • Development of concentration and listening skills


Fundamental skill categories:

STABILITYLOCOMOTIONMANIPULATION
BalancingWalkingThrowing
RollingCrawling/creepingRolling a ball
DodgingRunningKicking
BendingVertical jumpingCatching
StretchingJumping from heightHitting
RotatingHorizontal jumpingTrapping/Stopping
LandingSkippingBouncing
TurningSliding/GalopingHeading



Life orientation principles encouraged:

SOCIALEMOTIONALCOGNITIVE
IndependenceConfidenceListening
Co-operationSelf-esteemObservation
CommunicationCourageSelf-control
Positive relationshipsPositive attitudeDiscipline
Social respectPositive work ethicDecision-making
Respect for propertyPersistenceConcentration
Adaptability  



Class sizes and duration:

  • Maximum of 8 children per class.
  • 60 min 

 

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The Dinkies Playball Programme- Ages 4

Dinkies Playball programme overview

The main emphasis is on mastering a wide variety of sport and movement skills with the balance between participation and the quality of each skill.

This programme provides your child with opportunities to practice individual skills more rigorously, which subsequently develops competence and starts to develop muscle memory. In addition to practicing these skills more thoroughly, we begin to introduce skill sequencing - which is the process of stringing individual skills together to form a sequence of skills - the foundation of all sports. 

An example would be the forehand shot in tennis. The shot is not performed on its own. The Playballer has to move into position beforehand using a variety of locomotive movements, perform the forehand shot, follow through, and then again move into position to hit the next shot. The more fluid these skills, movements and transitions are, the more successful the Playballer will be as a tennis player.

Your child will take great strides into the world of competent sports participation as good ball skills are established and improved upon.

Your child will benefit from the Dinkies programme in many ways, but more importantly they will:

  • Develop a wide range of sport skills
  • Understand individual participation
  • Overcome fears that discourage sports participation
  • Introduced to organised sport specific skills and activities


Life orientation principles encouraged:

SOCIALEMOTIONALCOGNITIVE
Able to play in groupAppear to feel good about themselvesSetting small goals to achieve a task
Communicates readily with the coachSelf-Confident to keep tryingAttentive in the class
Being pleased when team mates do wellPositive interactions with team matesAcknowledge best efforts of team mates
Confident to stand in front of classHappy to participate in skills they do not likeListen to instructions from the coach
  Able to choose a partner
  Able to practise a skill on their own



Class sizes and duration:

  • Maximum of 8 children per class.
  • 60 min (location dependent)

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The Preps Playball Programme - Age 5-6

Preps Playball programme overview

In addition to fine-tuning skills developed in the previous Playball stages your child will practice more demanding specialised sports skills and formalised sport drills with an emphasis on refining the quality of the skill and movement.

Team work and leadership development

There are a number of exercises that include partner work to provide the children with an introduction to team work, and they will also begin to develop their own decision-making in a game situation. Preps learn to work together as a unit to achieve a common goal and begin to take small leadership roles.

Playing small-sided sports games is very exciting for Playballers and they learn how to win and lose graciously. Here is a summary of what this programme will deliver: 

  • More technical development of the skills related to the sports we teach focusing on contact and release points and finish.
  • Introduction to team work and continued development of partner work.
  • Development of decision making in a game situation.

What Preps would have achieved by the end of this programme

By the end of the programme, we can confidently state that Playball and its unique teaching methods have definitely made an active contribution to your child's development. The educational nature of our programme helps consolidate all learning into a solid foundation.

This age group is a particularly exciting time in your child's life - the fundamental building blocks are now in place and form the base for progress in all aspects of formal and informal learning, whether in academics, social or cultural. And what's even better, they have now developed a healthy and positive association with sport!

Class sizes and duration:

  • Maximum of 8 children per class.
  •  60 min 

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The Players Playball Programme - Age 6-8

Players Playball programme overview

This programme teaches the intricate skills needed to play our main ball sports of football, netball, basketball, hockey, rugby, tennis, volleyball, cricket and baseball/softball.

Team work and leadership development

Players will understand the importance of working together as a team, enjoy the challenge of leading, and concentrate on more tactical play.

They will show respect and sportsmanship at all times and are not allowed to argue with the ref (!) and most importantly, will continue to develop a genuine enthusiasm for sport participation.

The programme will provide your child with the necessary skills and knowledge of the basic rules relating to each sport and will cover:

  • Introduction to match play.
  • Introduction to basic rules of the sports Playball teaches.
  • Continued development of sport related skills by applying advanced skills to a match situation.
  • Development of more complex team work concepts for example attacking and defensive play, playing the ball and moving into space and passing into space.

What Preps would have achieved by the end of this programme

Due to the nature of the multi-sport coaching and drills, they are now able to quickly adapt to new skills and sports as they already now have a strong foundation of sports skills.

Matches are played and drills are exercised to continue to develop and prepare children for a lifetime of confident and competent sports participation.

Class sizes and duration:

  • Maximum of 8 - 10 children per class.
  • 60 min