In recent years we have seen an extreme growth in early sports specialization. Unfortunately a growing problem our youth athletes face is the pressure or perception from their peer groups that they need to specialize in a sport and or position as early as possible.
This often leads to physical overuse injuries, and mental burnout; in addition, creating an athlete who lacks a wide range of athletic skills.
As a young athlete it is critical to build as wide and as broad an athletic foundation as possible. It is this foundation, or lack thereof, which will be critical in predicting whether they develop later on during their teenage years or not.
In addition, this can also lead to a loss of genuine enjoyment of being physically fit. As parents I know you see it every day. With technology and a changing classroom curriculum we often see more and more sitting and less and less physical activity (recess, gym class, game playing).
The reality remains, kids at this age need to play every day. Not just regimented and structured team and sport practices. Even though we want them to succeed today, ultimately, we are planting the seed for tomorrow.
That seed doesn’t grow unless the young athlete learns to actually enjoy exercise by having a good experience.
As a coach who works with youth athletes every day, I can say without reserve that the modern day youth athletes are lacking self-confidence as a whole.
Obviously this is much bigger than sports and if we can start to develop self-esteem at a young age we are going to do everything in our power to help young athletes develop a personal belief system so that self-doubt and fear of failure are something they will never have to confront when they are older.
We believe one of the keys to keeping youth engaged and value what is asked of them is by requiring them to take ownership for what they do. What better way to develop accountability than setting the guidelines from day one.
We want to have lots of fun but at the same time we will always hold our athletes accountable for their actions no matter their age.
Another skill that goes beyond the playing field, the ability to cooperatively work with those around you to achieve a common purpose never ends in life and we want to continue planting the seed to facilitate that growth and get rid of any possible resistance that exists.
The Quick Kids program is structured around a team concept which requires the cooperation, effort and communication and praise of all team members all of the time.
Get a head start on building a very important fitness foundation with Quick kids.
We use guided discovery style of coaching for this age group. This means half of the time we will provide direct feedback and coaching to achieve the desired outcome. The other 50% we will let the athlete try and figure it out on their own without any coaching cues. This is why we consider it guided discovery.
We believe this method of coaching is best for this specific age group as they are able to get more in-tune with their bodies and build spacial and body awareness, while over coaching can easily leave them overwhelmed and unable to complete a task or more importantly build off of a specific skill from week to week.
Workouts will be a total of 50 minutes. Each class will consist of a dynamic warm-up, linear speed mechanics/drills, multi-direction mechanics and drills, bodyweight strength training and balance, coordination and fun fitness games.