Just as children are taught the alphabet and phonics as a starting point to being able to read, or basic number facts before moving on to Algebra, our Enjoy-a-Ballers are taught essential / fundamental skills that give them the confidence and ability to progress to sport specific skills. As an example:
The overarm throw consists of a sequence of four movements: a stride, hip rotation, body rotation, and forward arm movement.
Physi-Ballers (Age 2 – 3) will throw a ball and generally there will not be a lot of movement in the legs and very little rotation of the body. Arm movement is from the back to the front of the body.
Bee-Boppers (Age 3 – 4) will start to rotate their body to get more force into the throw and there is more awareness of where the ball is going (aiming).
Play Ballers (Age 4 -6) will incorporate all the elements of the overhand throw. There is an obvious stride and they use their body rotation and arm speed to increase the velocity of the ball.
Champs (Age 6 – 9) will further enhance and fine-tune their skills so that they can bowl a cricket ball or pitch a baseball.
It takes practice and a structured approach to learn to move with confidence.
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