The Sandy Little Aths Committee invite you to take part in the survey below as part of our planning for the upcoming (fingers still crossed) season. We hugely value all of your feedback and appreciate the time taken to do this. Also, don’t forget 2 people have the chance to win a $50 sportsmart voucher just by filling the survey and providing us with their contact details at the end!
Other news in brief… please see below for some tips from coach Craig on staying active.
Also – ‘Alert… Alert’ in case you are spring cleaning soon… we’ll shortly be announcing details on our Donate, Sell or Buy service for preloved SLAC kit.
Staying Active Tips from Coach Craig
I do hope that you have managed to stay active in your hour outside during these tough Stage 4 restrictions.
These are hopefully the last few weeks’ restrictions and are a perfect time to get your Little Athlete back up and ready for the season that we hope won’t be too far away.
Regardless of whether you have an enthusiastic or a hesitant future Little Athlete, let them know that being outside, rain, hail or shine, will make them feel happier.
If they have been doing something, then keep adding some fun activities to what they are doing and let them keep developing. If they need a starting point here is a good way to begin – and this will get you parents out there and active too!
For Under 10 athletes and below:
- Take a soccer ball, a netball, a basketball or a football and slowly go for a jog, doing something easy with the ball to start with – kicking small, passing to each other, dribbling, throwing and catching. Aim for 5 minutes of continuous activity.
- Do some active stretches – leg swings on a fence, push each other over (calf stretches) but keep your heels on the ground, swing your arms in circles and then try opposite directions with each arm.
- Complete some drills over 10m with a job back (walk back if too hard initially) – walking high knees, bum kicks, running high knees, side steps each side, double leg jumps. Think head straight all the time and toes up not pointing to the ground like a gymnast or a ballerina.
- Then play a little tiggy inside a defined space, use trees or grass areas to help define them. Once everyone has been tagged twice you have finished your warm up.
- If they’ve had enough, stop and play with the ball. Keep it fun!
- If they have boundless energy like most kids, put the ball out in front and race them. Vary the distance and do this for about 5 minutes. (10m, 20m 30m, 40m.)
- If you have a tennis ball, get them to throw it as far as they can but with two feet together – the higher the throw, the more praise you give. Then have two feet at should width and then let them work how they can throw further.
- Finish with the high 5 challenge – start with a low high five with a run up and jump and keep raising your arm until they can’t reach.
- Vary these up keep it interesting and they are on their way to the basics we will teach them at Little Athletics of running, jumping and throwing.
For our older athletes (with some PE experience):
- An active 5 minute warm up or an easy run around the block or park.
- Active stretching including leg swings to the side and front, lunges, calf raises.
- Some drills over 15-20m with a job back including walking high knees, bum kicks, high knee skips, running high knees, side steps each side, double leg jumps. Think head straight all the time and toes up not pointing to the ground like a gymnast or a ballerina.
- If they are Under 11-12 then using the session above if they want to remain interested is perfect.
- If they want something a little more serious then get them running at speed to a cone, drink bottle or ball building up the distance. If they learn to run fast each and every time and they can stay neat with their head up and tall, they are half way there. Start short – even 10m and build it up to 60-80m with one run of each. Next time go a little further.
- Another session is running the block or laps of the oval. Start easy, Run as far as you can as slow as you can. Next time try to run the same distance but a little faster and watch how quickly they become super fit.
These are tough times for all of us, but being active helps give them something to look forward to and routine helps build a happy, healthy Little Athletes.
Stay safe and we can’t wait to see you when the season is up and running.