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PSD/BASE Camp - Fitness and Form FUNdamentals!

Overview- Very Important!

These are simple general fitness routines and physical skills forms that will help kids get in shape while developing proficiency in their physical skills. Specific skills instruction of the proper forms comes first with a good amount of guided practice, then students can pair up and do more independent practice, then start some simple “lead up” games with reduced instructions and few rules (i.e. “no-dribble” basketball, t-ball with no outs with teams retiring after all have batted, etc.) and small numbers of players for maximum application of new skills, and eventually moving into a more traditional game. It is better to go slow and get it right before leaping into complex games prematurely. To work with groups of different “experience” in a sport, set up two or more games with more “experienced” players playing together and more “recreational” players receiving maximum instructional attention while playing simplified versions of games.

 It’s always good to start activities with warm-ups for 5-10 minutes to get the kids ‘cardiovascular systems going, then get a quick drink, give brief instructions/demonstrate proper forms while they’re catching their breath, then get them right to work practicing their forms as soon as possible. Keep it moving along!

Picking Teams Within a Group

A great way to choose balanced teams within a group is to have everyone pair up with someone who has similar "experience" in the sport (i.e. 2 guys who are on Arsenal Soccer should pair up with each other, while 2 guys who have only played a little bit of informal soccer should pair up with each other). Once players are paired up, one of each pair should go to one team, and the other of the pair to the other team. Balance. More experienced players should be encouraged to be "leaders" on the team to help others develop skills and strategies since (unless you are on a formal sports team, in a game, having practiced with the team for long periods of time) the goal of the game is to have fun and get everyone participating. You can't assume everyone knows all the rules of every game (no one does!) so try to enforce just the most basic rules at first so people can get playing without being stopped every two seconds for some obscure violation. The student leader should do this not by being bossy and abusive, but by merely "explaining" things as they arise.

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