The year is waning, and soon we’ll be ringing in 2020. Before we gear up and finish the year, now is a good time to pause and reflect on the importance of 2019 and all that has occurred.
Every Year Is Important
At Skillastics, our mission is to create positive physical activity for all children—the heartbeat of our work is providing for children so they have the ability to stay physically active and enjoy the feeling of physical health. To our core, we believe that children who enjoy physical activity will feel the effects beyond just within their bodies but also in other ways, becoming healthier in all aspects of their lives.
This belief is our driving force because we passionately see a connection between physical health and the ability for a child to live a full and meaningful life, to engage with the world and make a difference. We need children to fulfill their entire purpose, and we wholeheartedly believe that physical activity is the ticket.
The Importance of You
And we couldn’t do it without you, our customers who are the vehicle to bringing children through to the other side, from struggling to engaging with life. You are the front line that reaches these children, finds them at their baseline, and guides them forward. We appreciate you.
We are well aware that when you work with Skillastics, you’re taking our mission and leading the charge to bring children hope, opportunity, and access to a better future, for themselves and others. It’s a big deal to us, and we appreciate the dedication you have to children and the work you do.
Before the year ends and we focus on the new year, we want to thank you, our customers, for the work you’ve accomplished this year. We want to highlight your efforts and the meaningful work you do. Without you, children may or may not succeed, but with you, they have that chance to thrive. When you spend your time with these children and use Skillastics to break down barriers to physical activity, then you’re contributing to something bigger and greater.
We can’t thank you enough.
Something for You This Year
As a gesture and token of our appreciation, we are offering FREE Skillastics Task Cards as a show of Gratitude this year. Just email us your contact info including your mailing address (below) and we’ll mail an extra set of Skillastics Task cards to the first 100 customers that respond. We want to support your work, and we want you to feel the magnitude of your influence on children.
Thank you for working with us to achieve our mission and bring lasting health to children through physical activity.
Fear in children isn’t always expressed with wide-eyes and tears, particularly with older teens. In school, fear of failure at an activity or standing out in a bad way can manifest as refusals to participate.
When faced with a child or teenager’s refusal to participate, it can be tough, but these are children feeling fear. It’s up to you to role model bravery and provide safety.
Source of Fears
Not every child in a PE or After School Program is an expert in sports, so some may struggle to learn. For them, aiming at the net in basketball but throwing an air ball in front of everyone may feel humiliating.
From dribbling the ball right to remembering the rules, these children see nothing but opportunities to fail when playing basketball. So, they avoid it all together; they refuse to participate.
What Can You Do?
When someone is feeling fear, it’s like they are backed into a corner. Pushing them will only cause them to feel further penned in with no choice other than digging in deeper. It’s time to be creative and show them a way out of the corner.
1.Don’t Fight Them. They will seem angry and obstinate, but remember, they are scared. Don’t fuel the fires of their anger. Show them bravery by staying calm in the face of their adversity.
2.Acknowledge Their Choice. Give permission to skip the game. Tell them you understand they don’t want to play, so let’s do something else that’s less threatening and helps build self-esteem instead of tear it down.
3.Redirect the Energy. Introduce fun games and activities that focus on skill development, like Basketball Skillastics®. Pull from these to give them small challenges that they can win. Focus on the skill, not the game
Making it Fun for All
When you push someone out of their comfort zone, it helps to provide a bridge. That’s where skill development come into the picture. Not everyone will be able to play a game of basketball, but skill development is accessible to everyone.
One of the reasons Basketball Skillastics® works well with a diverse group is because its inclusive and allows a whole class to practice their skills in a fun way all at the same time. Also, you can float the room once everyone is occupied. Now, you can assess everyone’s skill level, provide more support for reluctant students, and allow skilled students to showcase their abilities.
Bridging the Gulf
Develop resources to bridge the gulf to reach and draw out fearful students; you have a real chance to help change their attitudes. We can get you started with Basketball Skillastics®, a resource designed so that all children can have fun learning basketball instead of missing out. Throughout November when you use the code bb2019, you’ll receive 10% off so that you can begin to use this resource right away. Purchase online or via Purchase Order to FAX (951) 279-3957 or email to Suzanne Blair at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s that time of year again! Gyms echo with the squeaks of sneakers as we kick off Basketball Season. During PE and after school this time of year, it’s all about basketball. It’s also the number one choice of recess activity; more basketballs are requested this time of year, and for good reason!
Everyone can play with a ball. But not everyone can or wants to play a sport.
Basketball for All
So, it’s tough to create lessons to teach basketball; how do you include students who are good at basketball and want to be challenged as well as students who have very little interest in the sport?
The solution is to focus on skill development. All students, no matter their ability, can have fun developing their skills in a non-threatening, non-competitive atmosphere.
Creating the Right Environment
By following the 5 tips below, you can make it easier to teach basketball fundamentals to diverse groups:
1.A Ball for Each. Get each student a ball, any ball. If it bounces and fits through a net, it’s great to use to teach basketball fundamentals. If you must share, follow a ratio of two students per ball.
2.Control the Bouncing. Kids love to bounce the ball! They can’t seem to help themselves, despite requests to stop, and it gets disruptive. So, remove temptation. Create a signal word or phrase like “stall the ball!” at which they put the ball between their feet when they hear it.
3.Delegate to Motivate and Engage. If you’re not comfortable demonstrating a fundamental, allow skilled students to take this role. They will love it!
4.Keep Them Moving! Downtime breeds distractions or misbehaving. Keep them actively engaged. Waiting in line? Practice dribbling or ball-handling. Waiting for a ball? Mirror the activity to learn the motions.
5.Play the Game Last. At the end of the lesson, avoid playing a game of basketball. Modify the game to highlight the skill learned in the session.
Resource for Skill Building
To modify the game or learn other skill development ideas so all children enjoy the sport, consult resources like Basketball Skillastics®. Motivated by the desire to create an all-inclusive and whole class learning environment, Basketball Skillastics was designed to practice skills in a fun way together.
For this month, let’s make the most of the sport by getting the most children involved through skill development. Celebrate the start of basketball season with a 10% discount on Basketball Skillastics® throughout November for After School and Physical Education Instructors with code bb2019. Online, or Purchase Order. https://skillastics.com/product/basketball-skillastics/
Did you know that 8 in 10 parents agree that After School Programs should help children become more physically active? In addition, parents who have little knowledge about physical activity overwhelmingly want to learn more so they can share that knowledge with their kids and help them become more active.
There is no doubt physical activity can be intimidating. There are so many misconceptions surrounding physical activity that stops kids and adults from participating. Fallacies about having to spend hours in a gym for any type of results, or that physical activity is boring, are widespread beliefs.
Offering movement activities that are simple and fun in your After School program is the first step in planting that positive seed of physical activity enjoyment. If children are enjoying being active in your After School program, then they are more apt to be open about sharing that positive experience at home.
This month we are recognizing the significance of Afterschool Programs nationwide. Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating Afterschool programs and their important roles in the lives of children, families and communities. This year the event will take place at Afterschool programs all over the country on October 24th. If you have not decided what you want to do on this special day, let us help you!
In honor of this special day, we are providing you with a FREE, step-by-step guide on how to host a Family Fitness Event highlighting the importance of planting that positive seed of being healthy and active and loving it! This program walks you through every single aspect of hosting a quality physical activity event.
As a company, we understand how important it is to get support and “buy in” regarding the activities you are providing in your program. That’s why we wanted to share this valuable Family Fitness Event guide with you. In fact, the Family Fitness Event Guide and other family engagement resources are included in our Fitness Skillastics Starter Package. This package is the perfect program designed to organize, motivate and engage students to move and learn with an innovative multipurpose activity kit system that transforms attitudes about physical activity.
Recently, we participated in a local After School Family Fitness Event. As the families started walking into the facility, you could see the fear on their faces, hesitant and wondering what they got themselves into! By the end of the event everyone was laughing and having an amazing time. Many parents shared their fears, but quickly realized how fun being active could be. If you would like to see results like this and highlight your program during the Lights On After School Event on October 29th, we have a special offer for you that is only available in October. Order the Fitness Skillastics Starter Package (PSPFFAS5) and receive 10% off your order. CLICK HERE to place your order today using CODE as1019 or call (951) 279-3476 to place your order over the phone. We also accept Purchase Orders.
Enjoy the FREE Family Fitness Event Guide
Did you know childhood obesity has tripled since 1980? In addition, the recommended amount of screen time for tweens & teenagers is 2 hours per day, but the national average is 9 hours! Our bodies are meant to move, but digital dominance is consuming children’s lives. In fact, increase screen time can lead to permanent eye damage in children under 9. Family, school and community are all responsible to help solve this issue and After School Programs are the perfect environment to help make a difference.
Offering all-inclusive activities for all abilities that are simple and fun is the 1st step in planting that positive seed of physical activity enjoyment. If children are enjoying being active in your After School Program, they are more apt to be open to sharing that positive experience in the home.
September is Family Health and Fitness month. In recognition of this observance we are offering you a FREE Family Fitness Calendar that you can share with your students that they can take home. Every day includes a simple activity that kids can do alone, with their siblings and or parents.
As a company, we recognize the importance of extending children’s positive experience of being active into the home. If you don’t have “buy in” from the parents, then the likelihood of children sustaining physical activity is reduced. That’s why we include Fitivities®, a Family Engagement Resource in our popular After School Fitness Skillastics® and After School Physical Activity Packages. Fitivities® is a twist on Skillastics® and is used as a “share at home” activity for those children who may display positive character traits during physical activity.
Recently an After School Instructor told us about a young girl who was very resistant to physical activity. She never participated. One day they introduced Skillastics® and this girl was intrigued with the design, so she reluctantly decided to participate. After the activity this girl came up to the instructor and told him how much fun she had, and from then on participated every day! If you would like to see results like this, we have a special offer for you that is only available in September. Order any Skillastics® After School Package that includes Fitivities® and receive 10% off your order. CLICK HERE to place your order today using Code: as919 or call (951) 279-3476 to place your order over the phone. We accept purchase orders.
Enjoy the FREE Family Fitness Calendar.
How would you like to integrate classroom teachers lessons into your program? Our STEM Custom Card Download makes it easy. Here is how it works.
1) Ask a classroom teacher if they wouldn’t mind including questions on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in your program.
2) Provide them the STEM Custom Card Download Template
3) The classroom teacher would type his/her questions into the template and email it back to you when completed.
4) You would print the template, laminate it, and add the cards to the already existing question cards that are included with STEM Skillastics®.
5) You have now included real-time questions that classroom teachers are reviewing in the classroom into PE. The classroom teacher will be thrilled and you will love seamlessly integrating more academics into your program.
For more information, contact Jess Wadleigh at email@example.com or at (310) 431-8205.
Think about how many games are won or lost on the free throw line. It happens at all levels – Elementary, Jr. High, High School, College and the Pros. Developing a consistent, reliable foul shot can change your success and your team’s success. With all the physical contact that happens during a game, it’s wonderful to take a shot with no one guarding you. You work hard to get to the free throw line, now just put it in!
Things to remember:
• Take deep breaths; relax your muscles. Take a moment to catch your breath. You rarely go to the line rested.
• Repetition is important. Create a habit every time you step up to the free throw line. For example, dribble twice before you take the shot. Do the same routine every time. It will be comforting.
• Use a consistent shooting technique; each shot must be the same motion. Stay balanced. Keep your elbow in. Fix your eyes on the target and follow through.
• Line up properly. Most indoor courts have a nail placed in the middle of the foul line. Line up your right foot with the nail if you’re right-handed, left foot if you’re left-handed.
• Think positively; you must believe in yourself and have the confidence that you will make the shot. Repetition equals confidence; confidence equals success. Practice, practice, practice.
1. Shoot at least 100 free throws a day.
2. Step up to the foul line and shoot two at a time. Step back off and the line for a split second. Then, shoot two more free throws.
3. Break up your shooting so you don’t get into a groove. Make 10 jump shots around the basket and then step up to the line and shoot 10 free throws. Repeat.
4. My Dad always told me to challenge myself when shooting free throws. If the ball swishes without touching the rim, it counts. If it touches the rim a little, but still goes in, it does not count. You don’t have to do this at first, but work toward this.
5. Keep a record of the shots you make each day.
Free throws are a very important part of the game. Practice shooting free throws so that you have the confidence to step up to that line during a crucial part of the game and put them in.
May: National Physical Fitness & Sports Month is the perfect time to celebrate effective physical education and sport programs – and shine a spotlight on SHAPE America’s members for their individual “feats” of accomplishment. On SHAPE America’s special May website we are proud to share their individual achievements and success stories. By learning from one another, the entire profession will thrive, and our voice will only get stronger.
Visit SHAPE America’s website where we encourage you to:
1. Download new activity ideas and lesson plans, as well as assessments from the newly released PE Metrics;
2. Get inspired by success stories from the profession;
3. Share #BigFeats with the world on social media;
4. Sign up to be a SHAPE America advocate for active and healthy students!
#BigFeats in Advocacy
Have you heard the exciting news? New federal legislation includes $1.1 billion in FY18 funding for Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). That’s $700 million more than last year! Learn what this could mean for health and physical education programs in your school by listening to the recorded ESSA Webinar on SHAPE America’s Online Institute.
With health and physical education listed as priorities under this ESSA block grant, local advocacy over the upcoming months about how this funding is spent — as well as funding for Titles I & II — will be critical. In this webinar, Carly Wright, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, SHAPE America; Jamie Sparks, President-Elect, SHAPE America, and Karen Johnson Advocacy Consultant, SHAPE America, identify key themes in ESSA for health and physical education, highlight important timelines for implementation and offer the critical “next steps” all advocates and teachers must take to leverage this opportunity in schools.
Also be sure to visit SHAPE America’s Legislative Advocacy Center for access to how much money your school district will be getting in ESSA funding and new resources to help you make your ESSA funding request.
“What activity will I do for my administrative review”, is a question we all have asked ourselves. Administrators are looking for an all-inclusive, fully engaged resource that integrates social and emotional learning and academic integration. Easy, right!?!
Based upon feedback from over 100 Physical Education Specialists, this resource ALWAYS provides a stellar review. READ MORE
STEM Skillastics®. According to extensive feedback, STEM Skillastics® ties in everything your administrator wants to see. Every student is fully engaged and is experiencing a physical activity that highlights individual strengths while simultaneously integrating science, technology, engineering, and math knowledge.
Take the time to learn about STEM Skillastics®®. It might be that easy-to-implement activity that you’ve been looking for to bring additional value to your program.
Skillastics® is the perfect large group physical activity resource to incorporate into your Family Fitness Event. Here is a Family Fitness Guide that will provide you step by step instructions on how to host a successful Family Fitness Event!
CLICK HERE for Family Fitness Guide