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Resources for Parents: Introduction

As a parent, you influence the physical development and fitness of your children. Here's how to be a good influence.

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Why Physical Development Matters for Children

Physical development should be fun. Sometimes that gets mistaken for being unimportant – it gets cut from school budgets and is often overlooked as a…

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How Children Learn Motor Skills

Physical development consists of two major components: physical fitness and motor skill development. Physical fitness includes strength, endurance, flexibility and body composition. Motor skills include…

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Challenges to Becoming Physically Successful

Physical activity should be one of the most fun parts of any child's day, and the benefits of an active life are so compelling that…

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Physical Fitness for Children

Fitness for children is somewhat different than fitness for adults. There are differences in motivation and in physical capacity to adapt to and benefit from…

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Organized Sport Leagues

Organized leagues provide children with many potentially wonderful experiences and are generally run by caring volunteers who are giving back to the community. Nevertheless, parents…

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Sink-or-Swim Training

Great Play uses the SCORE™ Method of training. Elsewhere, such as in sports leagues, children may be exposed to a so-called "sink-or-swim" method of learning…

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The Role of Parents

Of course, physical development should not be confined to a class or two a week. It is important that Players reinforce their skills outside of…