In the western suburbs, there are plenty of opportunities for children who want to excel athletically at the elementary school level, but what about those who struggle with the basic skills? Recognizing this need, former physical education teacher, fitness enthusiast and parent Bruce Levin is launching "Skills, Drills & Games", a physical education program designed for the student who needs to build athletic confidence in a non-intimidating setting.
"Mastering the basic skills of sports can help children boost their confidence fitting into social situations where sports are casually played, such as birthday parties, family reunions, picnics, boy scout outings, etc.," said Levin. "This confidence can contribute to a child's overall well-being in many ways, like contributing to teams and making new friends."
Levin's inspiration for the program came from his volunteer work as a parent at May Watts Elementary School. He noticed how the children with developing skills couldn't always receive the practice time they needed from a 25-minute P.E. class. He believes mastery of basic athletic skills is important, and not just for doing well in gym class or making the best team in high school.
"From an early age, the athletically inclined kids naturally receive more practice with skills because they are reliable scorers and their teammates pass the ball to them more often," said Levin. "For children who are not as gifted, they must develop their skills in a crowded physical education (P.E.) class with many other kids vying for achievement and the attention of the teacher. It's not always easy to grow their skill set."
Through the skills, drills and games promised in the program name, the program targets elementary children in first through fifth grade. Children will receive individualized instruction on basic skills such as throwing, catching, batting, kicking and other motor skills. Fair play, positive attitudes, cooperation and teamwork will also be emphasized. Classes are 50 minutes long for a six-week session and will be held at Players Indoor Sports Center in Naperville, 1740 Quincy Ave., beginning September 16.
Skills, Drills and Games is now accepting registrations for their September sessions. Online registration is available at skillsdrillsandgames.com, or call 630.717.1400.