Playball offers a specialized series of age specific classes that teach sport and life skills. The program has developed a thorough and proven system that makes learning team sports easy and fun.
Because it is more important for young children to learn confidence and how to play well with others, the early stages of our program are non-competitive and designed to provide all children with the opportunity to participate at their own level and to learn sportsmanship.
2 Can Do
This beginners program creates a fun environment rich in learning experiences best suited to the 2-year-old. Learning to participate with confidence in a structured environment challenges the young child emotionally and socially. Physically, they begin to integrate and control muscles and movement patterns and the program takes advantage of this developmental window by providing a wide range of suitable movements to develop muscle-tone.
Watch me at 3
This program creates an encouraging small group environment which teaches the young child that it is safe to participate. The environment is non-intimidating, caring, and friendly. A healthy balance is maintained between fun and learning as the 3-year-old is introduced to basic movement/development skills, which lay the foundation for sports competence through weekly practice. As this is often one of the earliest encounters with a formal environment, coaching is also directed at improving concentration and listening skills.
Here, we focus on mastering a variety of sports and movement skills for 4's turning 5. The balance between participation and the quality of each skill is given full consideration. By the use of repetition, the quality in execution of each skill improves. Dinkies take great strides into the world of competent sport participation as both good ball skills as well as movement competence are established and improved upon.
The more advanced 5-8 year olds learn the refinement of skills. The quality of each movement is the importance at this stage as well as building confidence in their competance. The Preps are starting to bring all the individual sports skills together. They are learning to work together with friends to achieve a common goal and are starting to take on small leadership roles. They are also learning how to win and lose graciously. It is here that we encourage “getting it right” which develops persistence and does away with the fear of “I can’t catch; therefore can’t play."