Children ages 4-7 have as wide a range of personalities as adults. You will find kids that are extroverts and hyperactive. These children bring a lot of great energy needed for a fun class, but also require taming and lots of redirection. Children that are more introverted take longer to warm up, but you might find they are great at following rules. Then you have all the kids that are in the middle. Make sure you give equal attention to all kids in your class. Try not to let the children who need constant redirection hi-jack your class.
As previously mentioned, do not confuse the shyness of a child with a child that is being rude. Shy children are not being insubordinate. A shy child is often afraid to ask questions, get clarification and their anxiety may even interfere with their ability to participate. Shy children should be treated with a nurturing tone and validation. This means it is okay for them to participate at their own pace.
Parisi Pee Wee classes are structured and didactic. So it is important to establish that all the children must participate according to the lesson plan or structure of class. They may not engage in the class ‘doing their own thing.’ It is important to learn and remember the triggers that might dramatically alter the energy of your class.
Parisi Performance Coaches are not just filled with sport science knowledge. They are influencers in the lives of young athletes and other coaches. They are expected to deliver enthusiasm and create a positive environment for everyone around them. Anyone can learn how to perform our exercises. Parisi performance coaches cultivate better athletes who are more confident individuals. They instill health and exercise principles as touchstones in the lives of young athletes. The best Parisi coaches are like artists. They sculpt an athlete’s movement foundation using their passion along with positive coaching and energy to produce an individual that has amazing movement literacy, the potential to become a fast and strong athlete, but most importantly a more confident person.
A coach at a Parisi Speed School is a fundamentally positive coach. It is common in sports today that results are emphasized above all else. This mindset is often paired with a team culture that makes young athletes feel that losses and mistakes are unacceptable. Unfortunately, this type of coaching environment raises the anxiety of young athletes, decreases their self-esteem, and often increases the chances that they will give up sports early in life. The great news is that simply changing your paradigms of training as a coach can be the difference between creating a positive and negative climate for athletes. This shift involves rewarding effort instead of purely results.
While there are many aspects of the Parisi program that will cultivate a competitive spirit, and therefore events and games will have a clear winner and loser; it is the skills used in these activities that are being promoted. There will be many games that will be a rolling exercise with no clear winner at the end. But coaches should also include games that produce a clear winner. Children need to learn how to win and lose. However, Parisi coaches will need to help children better understand how to behave when they win and lose.
Since Parisi Pee Wee classes cater to children as young as 4 years old, almost all games you include in your class will be a new experience.
Parisi coaches will place more value on growth over the results of a competition or game. But competition is an amazing way to incite growth physically, emotionally and mentally. In addition, mistakes become tools essential for honest growth. When this shift has been made by the coach, and a positive climate for training has been created, anxiety decreases, self-esteem rises, and young athletes are more likely to remain committed to sports for a longer period of time. The Parisi Speed School network is committed to building future athletes with good character and high self-esteem.