Kids in Motion powered by the EDGE
Developed by Ryan Campagna, Director of Camp EDGE and Kids in Motion
Kids in Motion is about growing and having fun in a non-competitive and educational environment. Our programs are great for any child aged two through eight and include soccer, lacrosse and creative movement. The programs use a fun and engaging approach that encourages skill development and focuses on simplifying the game for the children. Our goal is to help each child develop gross motor skills, socialization skills, self-confidence and be successful in each class they attend.
Our curriculum uses positive reinforcement and age appropriate activities to guarantee each child is having fun and always looking forward to the next class. Each class focuses on one new skill topic, such as dribbling with different parts of the foot or change of direction. Objectives for this new skill are introduced early and often to ensure that all the children are mastering the skill of the day. In conjunction with children experiencing success and gaining confidence, it is our aim for each child to continually develop these new skills throughout the session.
Fall 2018 Programs
We are very excited to announce our Fall 2018 programming for Kids In Motion for children ages 2 – 12! In addition to our Kids In Motion: Soccer session, we are offering Kids In Motion: Extended weekday afterschool classes. These classes will be just over two hours in length during the after school times and will feature Soccer and Lacrosse for school aged children 5-8 and 9-12 year olds. The session will focus on skill development, scrimmages and fun-based games and will also allow time for a snack. To accommodate the early dismissal in Williston, the extended class will begin at 2:15pm on Tuesdays. There is a school bus that travels from Williston Central School to the EDGE that could make the transition from school to our program super easy! Below you will find details and schedules.
Registration is now open online & at the Front Desks by calling 802.864.8044
Kids in Motion: Soccer
Dates: Saturday, September 15th – November 17th (no class day on October 13th)
- 2-3yr olds = 9:00am – 9:40am
- 3.5yrs-4yr olds = 9:45am – 10:30am
- 2-3yr olds = 10:35am – 11:15am
- 4.5-5yr olds = 11:20am – 12:10pm
Dates: Tuesday, September 18th – Tuesday, November 13th
- 2-3yr olds = 9:15am – 9:55am
Kids in Motion FAQ’s
Q: What is Kids in Motion?
A: Kids in Motion is an early childhood sports program that simplifies sports in a way that children can have fun and learn basic skills from licensed coaches. For the 2-5 year olds, we use themes and imagery to help keep the children engaged and excited about playing. In our 5-8 year old classes, we begin to move away from themes and focus on skill development and proper technique.
Q: What is Kids in Motion: Extended and how is it different than Kids in Motion: Soccer?
A: Kids in Motion: Extended is designed for school-aged children (5 – 8 years old) and still has the same program principles (which you can see below). In this afterschool program we want the children to have fun in an instructional and skill-based environment. In addition to fun based games we will have some down time where we will play trivia games, have a snack break, and group discussions about the kid’s favorite sports and athletes. With these kinds of discussions, we want to connect the kids with current events in sports and help foster a deeper understanding and love for the sport.
Q: Where did Kids in Motion come from?
A: Ryan Campagna, the Director and creator, has worked with children ages 1 year – 12 years old for over twelve years in New York City, Westchester NY, Boston MA and Vermont. Ryan has also trained coaches on how to work with these very different age groups. His passion for coaching and working with young people is the heart of this program. The pilot session of Kids In Motion in June of 2018 was very successful and has us all very excited and motivated going into the fall programing.
Q: What does the registration process look like?
A: When you go to register for a session, you will see multiple class options that are broken down by age. Find your child’s age group and select the class time that works for you. Each class meets once a week. Sessions can run anywhere from 6-10 weeks, depending on the season.
Q: What does a Kids in Motion class look like?
A: Each class is broken into very specific age groups to ensure the language and activities are appropriate for the children. The length of each class differs based on age and there is a structure that the coaches follow. Consistency is extremely important for the children and parents, especially at this age. Each phase (please see below) has different goals and will be progressive throughout the session. This helps the children become comfortable in class and begin to learn the routine each week. You can see the class structure and class length below:
Length of Class
- 2 – 3yr olds = 40 minute class
- 3.5 – 4yr olds = 45 minute class
- 4.5 – 5yr olds = 50 minute class
- 5 – 7yr olds = 60 minute class
Kids in Motion Class Structure:
- Intro: Theme and Skill of the day
- Skill Activity #1
- Skill Activity #2
- Big Game/Scrimmage
Q: What if my child doesn’t like it or doesn’t even play in the first class of the session?
A: This is normal! For a lot of children this age, it might be their first organized sports class or activity which can be very intimidating. We ask families to give the program at least three weeks (3 classes) to see if the child will become comfortable with the space, the coach and other little people running/playing alongside them.
- The EDGE Environment
- Building Positive Relationships
- Individual Skill Development
The EDGE Environment
Our coaches and staff create a fun and non-competitive environment for all children, no matter their current skill level. During each session, the coach will take the time to understand how the children differ physically and cognitively to ensure that each child is learning at their own speed. In this positive environment, each player should feel part of the group and be able to achieve success in the class and throughout the session.
Building Positive Relationships
We want all children to enjoy the sport or activity they are playing. Our coaches are enthusiastic, expressive and energetic and understand that communication is key in building a positive relationship with each child. Coaches use age appropriate language and positive reinforcement and always infuse fun while coaching.
Individual Skill Development
In each class, age appropriate curriculum is presented and designed to help the children develop a strong skill set. Each skill will be introduced in a friendly and simple way so that players, regardless of age and ability, can understand and perform. In all programs, a progressively instructional approach will always be implemented. Each coach experiences several practical trainings to ensure they are comfortable working with this dynamic age group.
Phases (age groups)
Early Childhood: Motor Development (2-3yrs)
In this phase, the coach will focus on gross motor skills such as running, jumping and kicking. Each class will have an age appropriate theme to help keep each child stay engaged and connected. The theme will also help tie the children to the skills and different body parts that we focus and introduce in each class. The coach will use imagery as a tool to help each player become more familiar with the different equipment, their peers and the coach. The skills introduced in this phase will focus on mobility, body awareness and coordination which improves balance and stability.
FUNdamentals: Cognitive and Skill focused (3-5yrs)
For this phase, we will continue to work on focuses from early childhood and also incorporate cognitive and skill activities. Coaches will guide players through dynamic activities and dramatic play to develop motor skills and sport-specific skills. Each class will include partner activities to promote sharing, listening, respect and cooperation. Physical activities will include energetic movements like running, skipping, hoping, kicking and jumping.
Learning the Game: Skill and Technique (5-8yrs)
In this phase, the focus will be on teaching the game and proper technique that each player will need to be successful in playing different sports. When teaching soccer or lacrosse, our aim is to improve children’s elementary capacity through fun games, technical development and group activities. Focusing on proper technique creates good habits, muscle memory and appropriate instincts in preparation for game-like situations. In this phase, each child’s attention will be guided through rhythmic movement, physical and socialization exercises while using highly adaptable lesson plans and age-appropriate terminology to fit the needs of the specific class.