Students with Coach Bruce and Coach Kiefer started the basketball unit this week. Students are focusing on shooting and dribbling. Students in grades K-2 use playground balls. Students in grades 3-5 use intermediate size basketballs. The important part of teaching younger kids to shoot is to encourage them to shoot from the front of the their body. Because they are smaller with developing muscles, students will shoot over their head, or they will shoot a "potty" shot, or they will bring the ball back and over their shoulder. For grades K-2 we constantly say, "Shoot from the front of your body, elbows in, and use your legs." Those are the 3 items we try to drive home.
Students in Coach Haller's class began volleyball. We focus on serves, forearm passes (bump) and overhead passes. Students in grades 3-5 use beach balls. We do this to learn form. Grade 2 start with balloons and go to beach balls the last 10 minutes of class. Students in grade 1 use balloons.
Coach Haller's kindergarten students are in with Coach Bruce and Coach Kiefer doing basketball.