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WHAT IS BALL SCHOOL?

The Heidelberg Ball School (Ballschule Heidelberg ) is a children’s sports project from the Sports Institute of the University of Heidelberg, the oldest university in Germany. The Ball School was founded in 1998 by Professor Dr. Roth and is now one of the most successful children’s sports projects of its kind in Germany.

Basics of the Ball School

At the Ball School, children can learn the “ABC’s” of all sports involving balls. The overall goal for the Ball School is to get and keep kids moving. Children here do not become specialized in one game, but instead, become well-rounded and trained in many sports through the holistic development of intellectual, emotional and motor skills. They learn through diverse experiences and perception of game situations by learning the similarities between different ball games. The curriculum of the Ball School rests on the latest scientific and psychological knowledge, that children all have equal access to a professional and equitable development of skills at an early stage in life. Not only are talents discovered and optimally developed, but also every child can benefit from playing non-specific sports with little intervention and lots of free play. This transferable game playing allows the children to understand tactical solutions and skills based answers to the challenges posed by a games with balls. The Ball School aims to develop creativity by free play and implicit learning and get all children involved in physical activity. The school hopes to get wide participation of kids in different sports, provide better general physical education, and to make physical activity an integral part of life.

Mini Ball School

For younger children, there is the new program for the “Mini Ball School.” The Mini Ball School was created to contribute to early childhood skills development. The structure of this Ball School was created for the toddler and preschool ages and then expands to three divisions. In addition to the training of the first motor-based skills, emphasis is first put on linguistic, cognitive and social-emotional skills. Secondly, through the construction of landscape movement, the children get the opportunity to independently explore and discover the environment around them. The third extension is that there are also lessons and exercises in the ball games. The objectives of the Mini Ball School are therefore an integral and loving part in promoting childhood development and the improvement in motor skills base in addition to the linguistic, cognitive and social-emotional skills base

WHAT ARE THE BALL SCHOOL ABC’S?

The basic philosophy of the Ball School consists of three principles. The first one regards a child‘s developmental stage. Children are not small adults and preschoolers are not small primary school children. As a consequence, the letters ABC stand for different contents at the different levels.

In the Mini Ballschool the children learn 6 basic motor skills, simple playing skills and coordinative abilities. Levels 2 and 3 focus on the basic competences which means tactical, technical and coordinative abilities. These modules are the result of long-term researches by Prof.Dr. Klaus Roth and his staff.

In the performance of the plays and exercises the second and third pirnciples of the Ball School are important: the principles of versatility and non-instructed learning. This is what makes the Ball School so different from other schools. Children are all-rounder by nature and no specialists. At the Ball School they will become skilled when they can play freely.

 

Tactic Coordination Technique
 Offering & Orientation  Getting a feel for the ball  Determining the path of the ball
 Assuring Ball possession individually  Time constraints/pressure  Recognizing movements/position of team mates
Assuring ball possession with others Precision pressure Recognizing movements/position of the opposition
 Individually creating a superior number Complexity pressure Determining the path to the ball
Creating a superior number with others  Organization pressure Determining the running to the ball
Recognizing a gap Variability pressure Controlling ball possession
Using any option for shooting/scoring Stress Controlling the passing of the ball
LEVEL 1 – AGE 18mths-3 years (MINI BALL SCHOOL)
Level 1 – Mini Ball School – Age 18mth-3 years

For younger children, there is the new program for the “Mini Ball School.” The Mini Ball School was created to contribute to early childhood skills development. The structure of this Ball School was created for the toddler and preschool ages and then expands to three divisions. In addition to the training of the first motor-based skills, emphasis is first put on linguistic, cognitive and social-emotional skills. Secondly, through the construction of landscape movement, the children get the opportunity to independently explore and discover the environment around them. The third extension is that there are also lessons and exercises in the ball games. The objectives of the Mini Ball School are therefore an integral and loving part in promoting childhood development and the improvement in motor skills base in addition to the linguistic, cognitive and social-emotional skills base

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