During the Fierce & Noble stage (females 8-14, males 9-14), children will be transitioning their movement skills into fundamental sport skills. This stage is prime time for developing specific sport skills.
This program advances the children’s fundamental movement skills into fundamental sport skills. By this stage, children should enjoy practicing their skills and seeing their own progress. Children will also begin to have their own preference for a particular sport, but – to maximize long-term development – our program will still offer a wide range of activities that will easily translate to usable sport skills in a variety of activities.
As healthy competition emerges, children are fiercely competent but strongly influenced by their peers. This can distract them from their overall focus, so our mission is to encourage our students to finish what they start with a “Can-Do” attitude. In an effort to keep their focus on training as opposed to winning, we encourage a 70% practice and 30% competition balance to reinforce our model.
When this phase of development ends and a growth spurt begins, coordination and motor control can become significantly challenging. Instead of picking up and developing new sport skills, our program refines the fundamental movement skills previously learned.
Our learners will have emerging ideas about the sports they like, and we will encourage and foster those personal choices.
It is understood that children develop at their own pace, so it’s impossible to tell exactly when they will learn a given skill. Since children have their own developmental time-table, normal range is much more important than average age. Only be concerned if children are beyond 90% of the normal range in most skills. Boys and girls differ as to when they perform certain skills.
Being early or late doesn’t matter – children’s bodies perform skills when they’re ready.