The focus of the Development hour is the ABC’s of physical Literacy- Agility, Balance and Coordination. The focus is on skill development not racing placement and time. The Fundamental Movement Skills taught will build overall motor skills, strength, endurance, flexibility and speed through relays, games, drills and laps. The focus at this stage of athlete development is on speed with short bursts of energy.
The program will consist of a five week repeated rotation that involves balance, agility, straightaways, corners and starts. Each week the focus of the practice (including teaching, drills and games) will be on one of these areas. It is important for you as a parent to know what the weekly focus is. If for example one week you feel your child is doing poorly on cross-overs , remember that perhaps that weeks focus may be straightaways and the skaters are focussing solely on their straight technique. It is important for you to praise them on their success in that area rather than discuss their limitations in an area that is not the focus for that week.
If you have questions regarding the purpose or technique of a specific drill or have any questions regarding any of the skater activities please talk to the Development Hour coaches.