“Should my child really be trying to play soccer? They are only 2 years old you know”.
Yes I am sure as coaches we have probably heard this once or twice. Probably even thought this ourselves when teaching a 2 year old class that has gone slightly off course.
Lets look at what we are teaching 2 year old beyond the normal scope of regular motor development:
At Soccer Shots we are helping each child expand the way they are using their bodies. Even though the 2 year old curriculum may seem slow and mundane to us, they are growing each time the child picks up their foot to kick the ball. Kicking is a manipulative skill that involves applying a pushing force to an object to propel it, while balancing the whole body to stay upright. Most children don’t even attempt this feat until age 3.
Things to watch out for and help with:
Easily becoming tired
As coaches, lets try to make sure these 2 year olds aren’t just having fun, but providing a well rounded class to help them advance into their bodies.
United States of America Track and Field (USATF); Level 1 Certified
AmercianSports Educational Program (ASEP); Track Certified
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM); Certified Trainer (2008-2011)
United States Sports Academy (USSA ); Strength Certified