PeeWee class Structure consists of 4 periods. Not all periods are equal in length. While it mirrors aspects of the Parisi signature classes, each section does not directly correlate to a Jump Start or Total Performance class. The majority of the movement and curriculum is located in period 2 and 3.
The Huddle and Run for Fun Drills
(7-10 minutes, then water break)
Active Dynamic Warm Up
(10-12 minutes, then water break)
Preach, Practice, Play is the section that performs Drills
Movement Mechanics and Games
(10-12 minutes, then water break)
(3-5 minutes, then dismissed)
Total class time 45 minutes
There are many great expressions to describe what a Parisi Pee Wee class feels like. Teaching kids between the ages of 4-7 years old will be like herding cats. Once a coach accepts this, it will be easier to understand that your game plan for the day may need to change. Parisi Pee Wee coaches need to combine their knowledge of movement with improvisation skills. We refer to this as an unstructured structure.
Every class should have a plan in place that follows the program design presented in this manual; however, you will have back up games and plans also in place when you need to redirect your class because it is falling apart. While we hope your class does not fall apart, lesson plans that have worked in the past sometimes fall apart with a class composed of a different group of kids. It could be the dynamic of the group, or a class that was planned for 8-10 kids has only 5 kids. Some games are simply less fun with fewer kids or the game ends quickly.
There are signs you can look for when your well-designed Parisi class needs to be changed. Do not feel like you are bailing on the program. In fact, your ability to switch gears and move to an unstructured structure is a strategy that will save your class.
There are several signs to recognize that the class you planned may fall apart. Keep in mind, that these things listed below will happen almost every day. Remember these signs to help you identify when you might need to move to a back up lesson plan. Kids will not keep their hands to each other.
Here are some examples of how you can use unstructured structure to regain control of your class while still following the Parisi program. Unstructured structure is your ability to improvise and redirect your peewees into an activity.
Every Parisi Pee Wee coach will need to create a unique bag of tricks. The Parisi Speed School network is very large and our facilities offer different types of assets, layouts and budgets. Additionally, many facilities will have more than one space to lead a Parisi Pee Wee class and therefore have two different styles of instruction and program design because the spaces offer different assets. Assets include size of your space, tumbling equipment, matted floors, turf, designated light switches, access to media, props (various types of rings, hurdles, tunnels, parachutes, boxes, dots etc..).
One of the best programming exercises a Parisi coach can do is step back and look at the space and the assets. Think about how to repurpose them into different games. Keep a record of the games the children enjoy the most and the least. Find ways to reorganize games and give them different names. Games and drills can be repackaged by assigning a new name which is attached to a fun theme. This is a reliable teacher’s trick. For example, if the theme of the day is Superheroes you might change a basic running drill into the Flash Game. That same drill can also be called the Race Car game.
Parisi Pee Wee aged children have amazing imaginations. Coaches should always be prepared with easy to follow storylines that capture a child’s attention. If your training space has walls and its own set of light switches, you can transform the room into the moon. During the first period, you can let the kids know they will be training on the moon. In order for them to get there, they will be teleported. Warn them the lights will go off and they must be very quiet during the teleportation process. Turn the lights off. Talk to them about what they will do on the moon. When the lights turn back on, tell them they are now on the moon. Simply teach your class on the moon. Your boxes are now moon rocks!
In the next section of this manual you will learn more about the class design. Ice breaker games will be used during every class you teach. Ice breaker games are a great way to unify the group. Your Parisi Pee Wee class will begin with a wide variety of ice breakers. Similar to school, your class will use the concept of attendance as your first ice breaker game. Elementary aged children all expect attendance to be done at the beginning of the day. Your class will combine different types of name games with ice breaker games to set the tone of the class.
As previously mentioned, working with children between 4-7 years old is like herding cats. Class organization is always a priority. No matter the age of the youth athlete, coaches must establish that they are the alpha and the class will have rules to follow and be organized. Coaches will need to use various strategies of crowd control. These are techniques to get your class’ attention. Chants are a great way to capture your class’s attention without yelling. Here are a few examples of chants that work with kids as old as 10 years old.
Coach: Criss cross applesauce, pepperoni pizza. (As this is being said you and the kids will sit on the ground cross crossed and then use their arms to join in.)
Kids: Repeat until children join you.
Coach: 1,2,3 eyes on me ….. 1 , 2 eye on you. Use your hands to signal you and then the kids.
Kids: Repeat until kids repeat it.
Coach: What is the word of the day? I say : DE -CEL-ER-ATION
Kids: DE -CEL-ER-ATION
Coach: Repeat until class is saying the word.
Coach: Ready up, then clap twice,
Kids: Waiting for the class to give you the two Parisi claps.
Coach: Aaaattennntion! Salute!, Repeat. Perform the corresponding movements.
Kids: Waiting for kids to join in, until your group of soldiers are focused on you.
Coach: Boom Chica Boom! I say, Boom Chica Boom.
Kids: Join in and say, Boom Chica Boom.
When you have everyone’s attention. You progress and ask the kids, ‘Okay, are you ready?’
Coach and Kids Say Together: Boom Chica Rocka, Chica Rocka, Chica Boom and they sit down on the last Boom.