SQUASH

COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT SPORTS PROGRAM

Class duration: 45 - 90 minutes

Maximum 2 students / class

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Play to think smart - White belt certificate

SQUASH - Think smart development program

Play to think smart Squash programmes are open for children of all ages and abilities.

We use age specific drills, ball speeds and racquets to put our students in a position to succeed, have fun, and develop a passion for Squash and sports. Our program empowers children to progressively develop their cognitive skills, learn or improve their squash and develop injury prevention practices.


Cognitive development objectives
Students think they are playing, you know they are learning:

Intentional reflective thinking
How to develop a meaning-making process that leads to a deeper understanding?

Through intentional reflective thinking students spend time thinking about the results of their actions, they figure out why some efforts work while others do not. Not only do they reflect after the fact, but they can bring this reflective frame of mind to the problem at hand and develop their skills of future planning. As coaches we recognize that every inadequate answer is adequate in another context... and inspire children to pursue no single vision of excellence but design something new from all the resources available for their creative imagination and discoveries.

Communication
How to develop listening and meaningful consensus?

One of our goals is to create a dialogue-like environment in class. We never required students to raise their hands to speak. Instead we sit in a circle and let the conversation flow through us. Over time and with consistent practice, students learn that it is ok to wait for someone to finish speaking a thought before they jump in. By giving each student a predictable space to express itself we eliminate the urge to speak and create a culture of listening and meaningful consensus.

Collaboration
How to build learning partnerships?

It takes time and deep commitment to go beyond the platitudes about teamwork and create an environment of ongoing collaboration and collective thinking.

By mastering the reflective frame of mind students learn to collaborate by acting as a learning community that constructs shared understandings through sustained dialog.

Learning partnerships foster profound learning by building meaningful consensus, acknowledging one's inadequacies, posing one’s own problems. This creates an environment where trust, vulnerability and shared vision become the foundation for risk taking, humour, compassion and the presence of a moral purpose. We co-create meaning by listening to each other’s stories as we are each the authors of our own lives.

Thinking Systems
How to co-create meaning, decisions and systems that are more likely to produce the outcome we desire?

Thinking systems enable us to see the big picture, the small details that make it up and the way parts interact over time. Through the use of thinking systems our coaches provide students with multiple thinking tools. These tools assist problem-solving through a creative and indirect approach and help with the understanding of complex issues. Through the use of thinking systems students develop their ability to identify the cause, sequel and consequences. This improves their planning skills, adaptability, resilience and their capabilities to obtain the desired results.

Aspirations
How to develop a sense of self, self-motivation and self-control?

The process begins with this deceivingly simple question. What do you want to create? Can we ask young people this question? At first children will not know how to answer. They will tend to say what they think adults want to hear. But if we persist, eventually they will realize that we really want them to give us their answer, not the answer we wanted them to tell us in the past.

When children get into the habit of defining their goals, visions and aspirations, they are developing a true skill - a skill that young people need to learn if they are to master their life building process.

Efficacy
How can we influence the problems we care about?

When we teach students to think, we are interested not only in the answers they know. We want to closely observe them when they don’t know the answer. We inspire students to solve an unknown, challenging problem by using all of the capabilities we think of as intelligence: reasoning, insightfulness, intellectual perseverance and creativity. When children are able to connect action and interaction (cause and effect), they no longer see fragmented parts, people, events, problems and themselves as separate and unconnected. They feel greater compassion for others, they see themselves as part of the situation and become resilient and less are likely to blame.

With a foundation of curiosity, hopefulness, and knowledge about how to collaborate about complex issues, it is natural that our students mature to dealing with larger community issues while building a vision from their hopes and dreams.

We empower a community of lifelong learners and inspire students to build their vision from their hopes and dreams and become a creative workforce that solves real life problems.


Age descriptions

3-5 Yr Old

Students learn through play and storytelling. The main goal is to instill their passion for Squash.

Squash BEGINNER
6-9 Yr Old

At this stage concentrate to develop the person first, athlete second and then the Squash player.

Squash BEGINNER
9-12 Yr Old

Based on each player's motivation and objective we fuel their vision in order to up their potential and reach their goals.

Squash BEGINNER

Squash Curriculum

We group students according to ability; age will also be taken into consideration.

Squash BEGINNER
BEGINNER

Duration: 45 - 60 minutes

From only HKD350 / class / child

Squash fitness

Specific Footwork

Balance

Motor coordination - gross motor skills, fine motor skills, eye hand coordination, ambidexterity, accuracy/hand accuracy, spatial awareness, rhythm.

Observation, concentration and focus.

Squash fundamentals

Equipment

Forehand

Backhand

Volley

Serving.

Squash goals

Rally for points

Court etiquette

Learn the rules.

Squash INTERMEDIATE
INTERMEDIATE

Duration: 60 - 90 minutes

From only HKD350 / class / child

Squash related fitness

Form (running and movement technique)

Strength of the hands, core, legs, shoulders, and arms

Coordination, Balance and agility

Foot speed and quickness (forward, backward, side to side and diagonal)

Injury prevention practices.

Squash Knowledge IQ

Confidence, Resilience and tenacity

Ball placement and spins

Spatial awareness and position planning

Reaction time, adaptability and injury prevention

Returns

Control the speed and height of the balls

Technical analysis of all strokes

Tactical analysis.

Play the game of Squash

Play friendly matches

Practice strategic rallying drills

Point construction drills

Enter competitions.

ADVANCED SQUASH CLASSES
ADVANCED

Duration: 60 - 120 minutes

From only HKD350 / class / child

Squash related fitness

Reaction time / mental chronometry

Flexibility

Proprioception and kinesthesia

Hand speed and quickness

Endurance.

Squash Flow IQ & EQ

Planning, perseverance and self discipline

Focus on "Learning Goals" instead of "Outcome Goals"

Fine tune Fundamentals

Handle emotions and nerves

Responsibility and creativity

Reduce fear of failure and handle failure as a teacher

Develop principles for choice making

Conflict management and learning from other people's views

Differentiate the player from the person.

Play the game of Squash

Play full length matches

Enroll in various competitions

Study the game.


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