Kids in Motion is built upon three principles that we feel is vital to the program and must be incorporated in each class to ensure success.
- 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 one is learning at their own speed. In this positive environment, each player should feel part of the group and be able to achieve success throughout the class and session.
Building Positive Relationships
It’s important that all children enjoy the sport or activity they are playing whenever they are in Kids in Motion. 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, positive reinforcement and always infuse fun into their coaching style.
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 a theme shown through a large picture card to help keep each child engaged. The theme will also help connect the players to the skills. The coach will use imagery as a tool to help each player become more familiar with the different equipment, their peers and coaches. 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 skills activities. Coaches will guide players through dynamic activities and dramatic play to develop motor skills and also 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, jumping and kicking.
Learning the Game: Skill and Technique (5-8yrs)
In learning the game phase, the focus will be on teaching the game and proper technique that each player needs to be successful in playing 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-related 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.
What is Kids in Motion?
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.
Where did Kids in Motion come from?
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.
What does the registration process look like?
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 4 -5 weeks but there will be multiple session each season.
What does a Kids in Motion class look like?
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
What if my child doesn‘t like it or doesn’t even play in the first class of the session?
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.