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Information about four of our programs.

COACHES

We are currently ten coaches in our team. Each one of us has many years of experience participating in sport as well as a passion for children and teaching.

CONTENT OF THE PLAYBALL PROGRAM

There are certain standards that we strive to achieve while teaching our program. We like to keep groups as small as possible as this ensures that individual attention can be given.

The coaching systems that have been developed by head office are very scientific. Professor Gallahue, who is the foremost expert on child movement and development, attended the Playball workshop in Atlanta, USA, and was blown away by the coaching systems. We have this year received updated coaching systems for all the age groups.

Children between the age of two and six need to be exposed to a wide variety of skills for maximum brain development and that is what we provide at Playball.

COSTS

Playball fees R800 per term and a once off R100 registration fee

Babysteps fees R800 per term and a once off R100 registration fee

This will ensure no more than 8 children per class for the Playball classes, and no more than 4children per class for the Babysteps classes.

Children will receive a report twice a year as well as a certificate at the end of the year.

BABY STEPS (3-35 months)

The goal of this programme is to create an early learning environment for the young child between the ages of 3-35 months. All our activities will contribute to the improvement of listening and language ability, stimulating curiosity and giving children an awareness of their own bodies. Our coaches are trained to create a healthy and challenging environment for the young child, ideal for stimulating physical, cognitive and social growth and development.

2 CAN DO PROGRAM (2-3 years)

The two year old is starting to gain control over his/her body. Movements “flow” more and the child is able to integrate and control muscles and movement patterns. A new phase of brain development also starts, Integration. The two halves of the brain have to cooperate so that they function as one. This is the launch pad for academic learning.

A two year old is embarking on a journey of cognitive discovery. They are able to understand certain concepts and make great strides intellectually. This year the child also learns to cross the midline.

Just like all Playball stages, the Two Can Do program is age-specific and suited to this particular development stage. At two we are still laying the basic foundation of movement in order to enable the child to accomplish more challenging sport-related skills. Two year olds still need to become aware of the wonderful things that their bodies can do and need lots of practice in basic building blocks like locomotion, stability, manipulation, balance, body and spatial awareness, muscle strengthening and fine motor skills. They also need to be guided in a structured environment.

The process of being exposed to a formal environment and to a variety of movement skills is very important in this program, not so much the quality of the finished product. We want to improve their overall competence.

WATCH ME @ 3 PROGRAM (3-4 years)

This program deals with the participation of the individual pupil within the group. Pupils of this age have a limited scope in terms of their physical abilities in that they are capable of executing certain skills, yet not of doing so consistently. The level of consistency with age-appropriate skills is only achieved towards the end of the Dinkies program (4-5 years).

Maintaining the pupil’s attention and focus is essential for this age group. An organized lesson ensures maximum usage of time and induces a relaxed flow that not only eliminates boredom but also invites constant discipline. Basic listening skills are a focus of this program. This program consists of a large amount of spatial perception activities as these are the basis of all ball skills.

DINKIES PROGRAM (4-5 years)

Children of this age are able to concentrate for longer periods and are also more accurate when imitating skills. More technical detail is added and a wide variety of specific sport skills are covered at this stage.

The balance between participation and the quality of execution of each skill is given careful consideration in this program. There is huge development in each pupil’s overall motor control when they reach this age group. By focusing on repetition of the skills, the quality in the execution of each skill improves, and the pupils then make great strides into the world of confident and competent ball skills participation.

Playball does not deal with only one aspect of the pupil’s development. We have a commitment and obligation to address the “whole child”. We therefore encourage development in the social, cognitive and emotional areas. We strive to achieve a balance between discipline, learning and fun which has contributed largely to our success so far.