Young Athletes

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 6 – Catching

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 6 Catching a ball allows children to use hand-eye coordination, and timing skills and overcome the fear sometimes attached to an object coming their way!  Lesson 6 (English) Lesson 6 (Spanish)

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 5 – Toss with Direction

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 5 Throwing is considered one of the most important manipulative skills for our Future Champions to master! Everything from timing to grip strength can be seen in an overhand toss or throw. Lesson 5 (English) Lesson 5 (Spanish)

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 4 – Toss and Throw

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 4 Did you know a simple game of toss and catch can help your child develop unexpected skills such as good handwriting, reading, and hand-eye coordination? Lesson 4 (English) Lesson 4 (Spanish)

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 3 – Everyday Obstacles

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 3 The Young Athletes Program is all about fun! Grab everyday household items and create an obstacle course for the whole family! With the obstacle course, you will be able to again incorporate balance, hopping,...

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 2 – Hop and Jump

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 2 Here at Special Olympics Maryland, we love to build upon what we already know! Incorporating our balance skills allows for children to advance onto hopping and jumping. Hopping and jumping are a great indicator...

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 1 – Balance

Young Athletes Future Champions: Lesson 1 A great way to start Young Athletes is simply to play with your child! Practicing balance will allow children to maintain controlled body position during everyday tasks, whether it is sitting at a table,...

Young Athletes: Year in Review

Young Athletes is expanding across Maryland, in schools, and in your home. 4 new counties joined our program, 257 classrooms are engaged in programming, and the at-home program is teaching 266 Young Athletes. These are just a few highlights from...

YAP’s Year in Review

The Young Athletes Program has had a tremendous academic school year!  With numbers surpassing where they were pre-pandemic, Young Athletes has proven to be a welcoming and needed program for our Future Champions! In the past year, SOMD has seen...

Young Athletes In-Communities: Lesson 8 – Review of Skills as Sports

Young Athletes In-Communities: Lesson 8 Advanced sports-specific skills require children to use the skills they have developed earlier in the Guide and put them into a sports context. This requires a high level of connection, strength, power, coordination, teamwork and...

Young Athletes In-Communities: Lesson 7 – Kicking

Young Athletes In-Communities: Lesson 7 Kicking describes when an object is hit with the foot. Kicking requires eye-foot coordination. It also requires the ability to balance, at least for a moment, on one foot. Being able to kick a ball...