For our youngest i9 Sports® athletes, we offer programming designed to keep kids learning and having fun. Starting at age 3, our Pee Wee sport curriculum is designed to grow with your child teaching skills and game play. At every age, players learn skills like good sportsmanship and integrity – one of the 9 i’s that make us who we are. For our Pee Wees, we focus on how the game is played, how much fun we can make it for the kids, and how easy we can make it for the parents. Learn more about our youth sports programs for this age group below including how our youngest kids learn best, how we teach this age group and what they will learn.
Whether kids are experiencing youth sports for the first time or returning for another season, players at this age tend to be more “me-oriented” and the idea of playing as a team is a new concept. Kids in this age group are just starting to develop solid hand-eye coordination and a sense of balance. For these reasons, our youngest athletes learn best through activities that enable self-discovery, include visual and auditory clues, and help develop basic motor skills (i.e., jump with two feet, kick a ball into the net, etc.). Simple practices like counting points together during activities help them begin working as a team. Pee Wees have limited attention spans and need short instructions using simple words that they understand as well as fun activities designed to get their attention and keep things moving (i.e. animal references, short games, car noises, etc.).
The goal of the i9 Sports Pee Wee instruction plan is to create well-rounded and confident players by focusing on the development of core skills in a fun, engaging way. For this age group, our coaches and instructors lead drills that target the improvement of large and fine motor skills, balance, and eye-hand coordination. Pee Wee activities and games are designed to keep kids in constant motion by giving them opportunities to use specific skills in fun exercises and activities. While practice plans vary week to week, basic skills are repeated so players learn the fundamental skills of the sport.
A signature of i9 Sports programs is that learning doesn’t stop once the game starts! Players learn the basics of the sport through teachable moments during game play. Officials and staff take time to explain the rules so our young players get comfortable with structured play while having fun in the process. We make an effort to give each child equal playing time and since we practice player rotation, they also get a chance to play various positions on offense and defense.
By the end of the season, your child should have learned the basic skills of the sport (i.e., how to kick, catch, run, shoot, throw, etc.), as well as the basic game rules. Since every child develops at a different pace, some players may have a better mental understanding of the game, while others might show enhanced physical abilities. This is completely normal.
Beyond developing young athletes’ understanding of the game, our Pee Wee program is designed to teach the principles of good sportsmanship, build a basic appreciation for being part of a team, and increase self-confidence. These are vital life tools that will help your child on and off the field. In the end, our number one goal is for your child to have fun!
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