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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our daily lives have taken a drastic turn. As we all continue on with our new normal, one that does not include organized sports and has little opportunity for typical social engagement, the Young Athletes Program finds it paramount to have continuous offerings. Here you will find all of our current resources and happenings for YAPpy Hours and the Young Athletes At-Home Program. Whether you want to join in for a live YAPpy Hour ZOOM call with Coach Janis or practice your skills as a family in your own time, this is the one-stop-shop for all things YAP!

Lesson Plan Videos

To help support our Young Athletes and their families, we created ready to view lesson plan videos! Make sure to check in with your Young Athletes Program Coordinator on which week you should be viewing. And remember, these videos are just one way to keep up with the Young Athletes At-Home Program, check out your weekly resource guides for additional activities, or check out a live YAPpy Hour session!

Resources

Weekly Resource Guides

Our Young Athletes At-Home Program is the perfect sport and play program to participate in the comfort of your own home. Use the lesson plans found here to be guided through six weeks of activities promoting gross motor skill development. Make sure to track your progress with our At-Home Training Log! This is the perfect program for the entire family to get moving and grooving together!

Lesson 1 – Balance

Young Athletes At-Home: Lesson 1 A great way to start Young Athletes...

Lesson 2 – Hop and Jump

Young Athletes At-Home: Lesson 2 Here at Special Olympics Maryland, we love...

Lesson 3 – Obstacle Course

Young Athletes At-Home: Lesson 3 The Young Athletes Program is all about...

Lesson 4 – Toss and Catch

Young Athletes At-Home: Lesson 4 Did you know a simple game of...

Lesson 5 – Overhand Toss

Young Athletes At-Home: Lesson 5 Throwing is considered as one of the most important manipulative...

Lesson 6 – Catching with Two Hands

Young Athletes At-Home: Lesson 6 Catching a ball with two hands allow...

Additional Resources

Young Athletes: At-Home Training Log

Our Young Athletes At-Home Program is the perfect sport and play program...

Young Athletes At-Home All Abilities Yoga

Instructor Amanda Burks Amanda is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and is...

Modifications & Adaptations

 Changes to equipment can decrease injury and increase success. Balls, Frisbees, balloons,...

YAPpy Hour

Our YAPpy Hour sessions will continue to consist of music and movement activities that promote gross motor development during our Monday and Friday sessions. Wednesday sessions will be dedicated to promoting Social Emotional Literacy skills, sharing time, stories, and other engaging activities that we have seen numerous Young Athletes crave.

Special Olympics Maryland and the Young Athletes Program are unequivocally committed to supporting our Future Champions, our educators, our communities and our families during these unprecedented times. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to Mackenzie Irvin, Director, Young Athletes Program at mirvin@somd.org.