Parisi Pee Wee classes teach fundamental athletic movements to children between the age of 4 years and 7 years old. This class integrates age appropriate educational strategies with motivational coaching. The Parisi Pee Wee program will develop critical gross motor skills while providing its young participants with an opportunity to also practice essential social, emotional and problem-solving skills. Each class is designed to build self-esteem and confidence while improving the child’s studentship.
Coaches must consider that the Parisi Pee Wee class will be many kid’s first experience participating in a structured, independent class. While some children may have attended pre-school, soccer or even tumbling-type classes, you will find several children will not be ready to let go of their parent’s hand. Do not be afraid to tell the parent that their child is not ready for this class. Just as many 7 year old children are not ready for Jump Start, it is possible that a 5 or 6 year old may not be ready for this structured class. Encourage these kids to watch from the sidelines or the lounge. This class requires the child to be independent from the parent. We recommend that parents remain in the lounge and separated from their child. This is not a ‘mommy and me’ class.
The culture of this class is highly playful. The children in these classes are learning how to move. You will find that children that enter the Parisi Speed School at this age, will become model Parisi students. As they grow up in the Parisi system they will showcase the best technique during mechanical drills when they graduate to Jump Start and Total Sports Performance classes.
Coaches that lead these classes must consider the following.
Children 4 to 7 years old:
Because of these normal developmental differences from older elementary-aged children, Parisi Coaches teaching the pee wee community will need to integrate more kid wrangling skill sets into their leadership style. Coaches leading these classes must truly find this age group hilarious., and not frustrating.
Pee Wee Coaches Must:
Coaches can expect kids this age to blurt things out when you are teaching. They will often interrupt to ‘tattle’ and they are masters of distraction. This age is very skilled at hi-jacking a class no matter how prepared. Parisi Pee Wee coaches will need to experiment with various ways to handle these common occurrences.
The following behavior lessons are highlighted for the 4 to 7 year old child. However, you will find these lessons will be relevant when working with children 7-10 year as well. Part of building coachable athletes is teaching with the proper training behavior.
Fundamental Parisi Behavior Lessons: