Sportball: Are We Having Fun Yet?
Not sure if your child has the skills to become a world-class soccer player? Or if he or she has the eye-to-hand coordination needed to become a tennis champ? Or a basketball star? Most sports instruction programs for young children are structured to focus only on a single sport and these programs usually take place in a competitive environment designed to turn out athletic champions.
While developing gross motor skills is a key aspect when learning to play a sport, coaches and educators agree that it is also equally important that a young child’s social skills and confidence are developed free of competitive pressures.
Sportball, a multi-sport program for children 16 months to 12 years, introduces children to the fundamental concepts and skills behind eight popular ball sports: baseball, basketball, junior football, golf, kids hockey, soccer for kids, kids tennis and volleyball. As opposed to other sports instruction programs, Sportball offers a curriculum designed to reinforce confidence in a pressure-free environment.
Children are provided with a skills-driven, high-energy and fun-filled curriculum during weekly classes. Using creative instruction and positive encouragement, the programs focus on the development of gross motor skills, along with balance, strength, co-ordination, stamina and timing. In introducing thousands of children to a range of sports, Sportball also ultimately fosters a newfound confidence both on and off the field.
Mark and Carmella Gelgor began Sportball in 1995 to reinforce a child’s love of physical activity and provide them with the fundamentals of different sports. The training program aims to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle and this goal is reflected in the recently introduced fit challenge for 6- to 12-year olds, called Fitkids. Building on the foundation of non-competitive sports instruction, the new program will help children improve their overall fitness and health through fun exercises.
A wide variety of classes are available at any of their locations in and around the greater Montreal area. Classes are age and size appropriate. For example, parents and pre-schoolers (ages 2 to 5) learn together in Sportball Junior, Parent & Child, and Me & My Dad programs. The parent-child approach means that adults can continue to apply the teaching techniques outside the class.
Primary school children (ages 3 to 10) are introduced to eight core sports in one-hour sessions designed to reinforce the benefits of teamwork and skills development, rather than the importance of winning. Adapted Sportball classes are also offered to children and young adults (ages 5 to 17) with additional needs or developmental challenges.
Sportball has indoor and outdoor camps for 3- to 10-year olds with a unique blend of sports, arts and crafts, and cooperative games. Clinics can be offered during school holidays, after-school and at the school lunch hour or summer camp programs. Birthday parties and special events, such as picnics and group celebrations, can also be arranged.
Sportball offers unique, non-competitive sports instruction for children aged 16 months to 12 years. Sportball helps children develop socially and physically through a curriculum that helps to develop confidence free from the pressure of competition. Programs are designed and focused on improving gross motor skills, physical strength and fitness, social skills and self-esteem.