The Dinkies Playball Programme

Dinkies Playball programme overview

The main emphasis is on mastering a wide variety of sport and movement skills with the balance between participation and the quality of each skill.

This programme provides your child with opportunities to practice individual skills more rigorously, which subsequently develops competence and starts to develop muscle memory. In addition to practicing these skills more thoroughly, we begin to introduce skill sequencing - which is the process of stringing individual skills together to form a sequence of skills - the foundation of all sports.

An example would be the forehand shot in tennis. The shot is not performed on its own. The Playballer has to move into position beforehand using a variety of locomotive movements, perform the forehand shot, follow through, and then again move into position to hit the next shot. The more fluid these skills, movements and transitions are, the more successful the Playballer will be as a tennis player.

Your child will take great strides into the world of competent sports participation as good ball skills are established and improved upon.

Your child will benefit from the Dinkies programme in many ways, but more importantly they will:

  • Develop a wide range of sport skills
  • Understand individual participation
  • Overcome fears that discourage sports participation
  • Introduced to organised sport specific skills and activities

Life orientation principles encouraged:

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL COGNITIVE
Able to play in group Appear to feel good about themselves Setting small goals to achieve a task
Communicates readily with the coach Self-Confident to keep trying Attentive in the class
Being pleased when team mates do well Positive interactions with team mates Acknowledge best efforts of team mates
Confident to stand in front of class Happy to participate in skills they do not like Listen to instructions from the coach
    Able to choose a partner
    Able to practise a skill on their own

Class sizes and duration:

  • Maximum of 6-8 children per class.
  • 45 min - 60 min (location dependent)

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