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KIDS JUST WANNA PLAY

KIDS JUST WANNA PLAY

So how do parents find the right sports program for our kids when we want them to develop skills, learn team work, get exercise and all they want to do is have fun! There are several concepts that I feel will help parents as they go through the process of deciding which program will best suit their needs and the desires of their child. KIDS WANNA PLAY Play is very important part of any youth sports program. If we look back at when we were kids, we fell in love with playing sports and being active by doing one thing… playing with our friends around the block. The challenge is that it is not safe for us to allow our children to just go play down the street with their buddies and be home before the street lights come on. The overriding premise of the report is that free play or down time as some call it is essential to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of children and for that matter, adults too! So what is the answer? We suggest that you be very selective in which league, camp or team you choose to sign your child up to play.  Take a look at these factors: INSTRUCTION Most quality leagues or camps will include some level of instruction. The ones that many parents will agree are best have the correct blend. That is why I created, TALK – TEACH – PLAY.  Talk is keeping the conversation to a minimum. In fact, we limit instruction to just 3 minutes. Next is Teach. We keep this to 6 minutes....
Aaron Locks, A Man On A Youth Sports Mission

Aaron Locks, A Man On A Youth Sports Mission

Aaron Locks is 6 years old. He is trying to play baseball. He’s not doing a very good job of it. He strikes out. He starts bawling. He throws the bat down, the helmet down. He is ready to chuck the whole thing. “Who’s your favorite baseball player?” his coach asks. “Willie Mays,” Locks responds. “Well, Willie Mays made an out seven of every 10 times he went to bat,” the coach says. “And half of those times he made an out, he struck out. You’re 6 years old.What makes you think you’re better than Willie Mays?” Thirty-nine years later,Aaron Locks still remembers that conversation. It has become a cornerstone on who Locks has become and what he does for a living. That coach,Marty Islas of MillValley,now in Petaluma, gave Locks one of the most essential values necessary to handle the inevitable peaks and valleys of sport. “Perspective,” said Locks, who lives in Santa Rosa, owns a health club in Rohnert Park and operates sports youth camps in Northern California. That perspective gained some depth after Locks graduated from Sonoma State university. He worked one year with UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, helping Wooden run his sports camps at California Lutheran University. It was advanced further when he worked for the Los Angeles Lakers for three seasons, running youth sports camps for Pat Riley and Magic Johnson. It gained permanent traction when Locks worked in the same capacity with the Golden State Warriors for three years during the era of Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin. “With Coach Wooden I learned the value of discipline and hard work...
The Case for the Multi Sport Child

The Case for the Multi Sport Child

Over the years, there have been a lot of conversations about what age kids should start to specialize in sports, and narrow it down to just one. As someone who has been involved with youth sports for over 30 years and has a 15-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter, I can tell you this: Statistically, 78% of what our kids here every single day is it direction or a correction, for the time they get up we tell them to wake up, eat breakfast, get dressed, brush your teeth, get in the car, don’t forget your backpack. At school and after school it is the same routine. Children don’t really get to explore or play the same way our generation did when we were kids. We used to be able to go down the street and play multiple sports, make up games, compete and just have fun doing what we love. This diversity of play allowed us to use our bodies different ways and develope balance, coordination, quickness and strength. Then when it came to organized sports, there were seasons. Those of us who played multiple sports would have football during the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball in spring. These days, kids at young ages are being encouraged to specialize and play one single sport for nine or 10 months in a row.  This is where the challenge comes in,.   without diversity of sport the level of competition rises as each child is “all in” on their chosen sport.  Not only is a child’s body not ready for that much repetitive motion, it is equally challenging for a young child to focus mentally on...
National Academy of Athletics is Heading South!

National Academy of Athletics is Heading South!

National Academy of Athletics has been a leader in youth sports instruction in California since 2011, and now we are heading to Georgia.  Our sports education programs partner with community organizations like cities, schools, YMCA’s and churches to bring multiple sports and fitness opportunities to children around the country.  Our focus is to “Play Hard and Have Fun” while learning the skills and confidence engendered by success at team and individual sports like basketball, football, volleyball, track & field plus many more! Founder Aaron Locks’ passion for sport and what it has to offer both kids and adults has fueled his company to be the largest sports camp organization in Northern California. The quality of his camps and programs are based upon his belief that you must have the right combination of enthusiastic staff and quality instruction. Aaron has seen over 150,000 participants since his first camp in 1991. He is a proud father of two young children, Mason and Mia, who both play multiple sports as well as many other activities. Form more information about how to bring National Academy of Athletics to your city, fill out our discovery form here....