Ready. Set. Playsports!

How It Works

Playsports program has four stages: Freshman, sophomore, Junior and Senior. Each stage consists of five levels. Each level is eight weeks long. Children can join at any point and will be brought up to speed by the coach so they're comfortable participating with their friends.

Learning. Cleverly disguised as fun!

Teaching children to be healthy and active is no small task, so all Playsports lessons are carefully planned out. There are three components to every class:

1.
Warm-up
Children go through a series of stretches and movements using their own body weight.
This part of class warms up the muscles and gets the children focused on the activities to follow.

2.
A Series of Skills
Younger children (Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors) learn skills from three or four different sports per class. For example: soccer (kicking), tennis (forehand hit) and baseball (batting). By choosing skills from multiple sports per class, the children stay engaged.

3.
A Game
All games are designed to teach sportsmanship, listening skills, communication skills, teamwork, participation and confidence building. They also help the children overcome their fears of failure.
For example, one of our games is the Dani the Dinosaur Grocery Store Game. This game teaches the children about healthy food choices while encouraging them to be creative and use their imaginations. To begin, the coach scatters three large hula hoops across the floor. Each hoop contains items that represent healthy foods. For instance, orange cones are carrots, beanbags are grapes and tennis balls are apples. The children run around the hoops until the coach blows the whistle indicating they should freeze in place. The coach then gives an instruction such as, “one carrot.” Each child picks up a carrot and places it in a fourth hoop (the shopping cart). The game continues until all items are in the cart.


Class Size

Young children feel most comfortable and at ease in small groups so we limit our class sizes accordingly. Small classes give the coaches the opportunity to give the children one-on-one attention.
The classes are limited to no more than 8 children.

Class Duration

All classes are 30 minutes.
Classes are held at your child's school once a week, four times a month on the same day and time.

Fees

Each school will provide that information.
We accept credit card payments.
No refunds.

Class Location/Space

The Playsports program is taught just about anywhere, from the playground, to the gym, gross motor room or the activity room.

Coaches

All Playsports coaches love teaching children and share our passion for creating a healthier, more active generation. Each coach has undergone extensive training in the Playsports program and attends continuing education seminars quarterly.
All coaches have the necessary documentation required by each state. The schools also have a copy of the coaches documentation.

Equipment

All Playsports equipment is age appropriate. It is made with child-friendly, softer materials and is designed for use by small children to ensure their safety.

FRESHMAN
(2 to 3 Years)

This beginning stage is an introduction to sports. Children become familiar with the equipment and learn basic ball skills. Coordination, gross motor skills and fine motor skills are emphasized. Children also learn how to follow direction, express themselves verbally, wait their turn and interact properly with their friends. Learning different colors and counting are stressed in this stage.

SOPHOMORE
(3 to 4 Years)

This stage progresses from the Freshman stage. Instructions become more intricate and the children learn to process more than one element at a time. In this stage, children begin to learn the proper terminology (i.e. “forehand hit in tennis”). At this stage children become able to associate words with sports rather than just learning the movements involved. For the first time children play games where they learn to be gracious winners and losers. Discussions about healthy eating also begin in this stage.

JUNIOR
(4 to 5 Years)

This stage progresses from the Sophomore stage. Children now know the basic skills but here they learn how to perform those skills with precision. For instance, dribbling a basketball (previously learned skill) and shooting it into a hoop (new skill). All the components of each sport are put together for the first time. In this stage children learn the ethics of sports: respect for team members and equipment. Sportsmanship, leadership and teamwork are critical elements in this stage.

SENIOR
(5 to 6 Years)

This stage progresses from the Junior stage. The senior stage teaches more precision skills and how to apply them to the different sports. Now, we teach them the basic rules of each sport—for example, there are nine players on a baseball team. In this stage there is a lot more teamwork and partner work. At this point the children learn how to keep score and why score is a critical component of any game.

Elementary
(Kindergarten to 6th grade)

The Elementary program is offered at elementary schools and preschools that offer programs to elementary age children. Now children play one sport per week, reviewing and refining the skills from that sport.
This ensures the children are confident in their abilities and are ready to participate in team sports when they move on to higher grades in Elementary School or to Junior high.