Do you make this one common mistake with your children’s sport?

In Run Ready Kids by Jo Bowden

In today’s competitive world, it’s tempting to push your children to become experts at one particular sport, instead of sampling a variety – especially if they show potential. But it’s not the best approach in the primary years, when they’re starting out in competitive sport.

Here’s why.

You see, by encouraging a narrow path of expertise, your child simply develops skills for that particular sport. And there’s no guarantee they’ll stick with this sport in the long-run. Think about the 10-year-old boy who attends five basketball sessions each week, including rep level. He might eventually burn out with the pressure to succeed; be forced out due to injury; or quite possibly, grow bored with basketball.

Essentially, you’re putting all your eggs in one basket, and that’s not ideal. You’re better off building a broad base of skills. Getting the basics right.

The primary years are all about learning the proper techniques for running, jumping and throwing, regardless of ability. It’s about agility, balance and coordination; not pressure to succeed. That comes later, when they’ve developed the capacity for training.

Look, we totally get it – we’re parents too. You’re doing what you think is best for your kids. You want them to experience success and a sense of achievement.

But do your kids a favour: keep their options open.

That’s why we’ve developed our Run Ready children’s program. Rest assured that your child is building deep and broad foundation skills, which underpin all team sports, and provide the best athletic foundation for future development in both cross country and track & field events.

You see, just as you develop your child’s literacy skills, you should also prioritise physical literacy; that is, the mastery of fundamental movement and sports skills, so your child moves with confidence and control in a wide range of situations.

Remember, Run Ready is complementary to other sports, not a substitute: one session per week is ideal. Naturally, we understand the benefits of playing in a basketball team, or doing Auskick. But alongside specific sports, consider physical literacy as the essential ingredient of your child’s sporting program – their secret weapon for long-term success.

Think about learning to read. Once your kids grasp phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension, the world is their oyster. They have the skills to read anything from Hey Jack to Harry Potter.

Sadly, some kids master phonics and decoding, but don’t grasp vocabulary or comprehension. They race through their reading levels in prep and grade one, only to stumble when the demands increase. With poor reading comprehension skills, they need to go back to basics.

So, it pays to learn in the right order, with age-appropriate skill development. Our highly qualified coaches have mapped out the best development pathways for children; remember, one step at a time. That’s the key.

And our unique approach has worked time and time again.

We’re constantly watching your children and assessing their athletic and sporting skills. What are their gaps?
Once your children master the basics of running, jumping and throwing, they’ll learn how to play sport, how to train for sport and athletics, how to compete, and then – how to win.

Make no mistake: a broad base of skills is best in the long run. Convinced? Click here for more information on Run Ready Kids.