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Coaching "Little Legends" - is anyone working with under 5s?

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  • Slightly outside the scope of this group, but is anyone doing any coaching with under 5s?

    I work with several groups of 3-4 and 4-5 year olds, introducing basic bat-and-ball skills alongside movement and "socialisation" skills (working/playing together, taking turns).

    It is a step beyond what might be covered at nursery school, because (especially for the 4-5 year olds) we are explicitly looking at basic cricket skills.

    I have just finished my first year, and feedback from the parents has generally been positive.  I know that not every session ahs been good, and I hope we can be even better next term.

    Does anyone have experience with this age group?  Or suggestions, especially for any cooperative or team games that could be turned to bat-and-ball skills?

    if there is any interest from the goup, I can post a few of our session outlines (with U5s, the word "plan" is even less appropriate that for other coaching sessions, but it helps to have an idea of what we could do next, rather than having to make it up on the hoof).

     · Jon Woodward likes this.
     
  • I love playing bean bag rounders

    'Batters' throw three bean bags and run around the bases. Each base is a point.

    'Fielders' team have to collect bean bags into bucket to stop the running 

    Keep groups small like 1 batter and 2 fielders so all are active most of the time.

    :)

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  • I have recently trained as a foxcycetots coach, which runs along the same prinicples of Balanceability in using Balance Bikes to teach children how to become 'pedal ready'. Where foxcycletots differs to balancebility is that it actually gets children riding when they are 'pedal ready' rather than just getting them going well on the balance bikes. 

    I am looking forward to getting going working with this age group and although this obviously differs from your cricket related skills, we look at developing balance which in itself is a helpful life skill.

    I would be interested to know if any others work with this younger age group and what they do and how they do it!

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  • Hi Jo,

    i set set up my hockey club under 6's...which at it start was 4-5 yr olds.... We use basic general skills that can be used in any sport.... As the philosophy I wanted at this group was to develop skills for life and any sport, so if they didn't want to carry on playing hocketpy when they where older. They had effective skill in working as a team etc, but could still play any other sports effectively! 

    If you want ideas and other information then please feel free to contact. 

     · Rob Maaye likes this.
     
  • I run a "parent and toddler" session on the ice rink twice weekly and our youngest participant is 7 months old :) Obviously without skates and in her baby walker - but she's still a member!

    We use a lot of toys to make the sessions fun and entertaining. Our basic skill on ice is balance and with that comes confidence and we find that by the children using the toys (we have penguins that they can hold, cars to sit in, walrus' to sit on and push) they forget they have skates on their feet (whihc can be scary for a little one) and they get immersed in playtime all while starting to march / stomp / skate!

    I also do races with them and we have games of "pick up the beanbag". Again, the element of fun is the key focus!

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  • I like that idea, Liz.

    We do play something similar - "scatter ball", where the batter hits three balls and the coach throws out a few more, so all the fielders have something to do - but our game demands that (a) the batters can successfully strike the ball and (b) we have an appropriate space to play in.

    Bean bag rounders will be making its debut at the next session I coach! 

     
  • When I first posted, I had intended to follow up with some examples of the games we play...10 weeks later, I have finally come back...

    A typical session will combine basic movement skills (often in the form of warm-up "races" with specific movement patterns - forwards, sideways or backwards, hopping or leaping) and games intended to introduce more hand-eye and ball skills.

    Games include:

    • "Finding Nemo" - retrieving bean bags hidden under space-marker cones; as a progression, or for safety, we can have coloured "Nemos" returned to a hoop of the same colour (safety, as it avoids congestion if all bean bags are brought back to the same place) - players are practicing controlled movement to cones, bending and picking up an object, also speed (because this also turns into a race to see who can collect most Nemos).
    • "Fish in the Pond" - having retrieved Nemo from the sea, we need to get him back into the water - under-arm throw, bean bag into a hoop - careful, accurate throwing (probably issues with the RSPCA over this one - need to come up with a description that does not include throwing live animals...)
    • "Buzz Lightyear" - dodgeball, but with Buzz (the players) dodging meteorites (soft foam ball) thrown by the coaches - running and dodging.
    • "Messy bedroom" - tidying up after the coaches have thrown the balls all over the hall... - controlled and quick movement, picking up and retrieving, again.

    We also have some more cricket-specific games, involving throwing (for distance or to hit a target, static or moving), catching and hitting a ball...no names for these, just "throwing", "catching" and "whacking"!

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