The primary focus of Winterball is to introduce to children the fundamentals of baseball in a fun manner that is non-competitive and that provides a positive learning experience for all involved.
Designed for students in grades 3-6 (ages 8-12 years), Winterball progresses through activities set out in nine different lesson plans. Lessons are taught in two sets (Gr. 3-4 and Gr. 5-6) to ensure students learn at an appropriate skill and ability level.
Winterball is designed to comply easily with the Ministry of Education's current curriculum to ensure quality activities that measure students' progress. The program includes complete and detailed lesson plans with warm-up activities, games introducing skill techniques, cool-down activities, as well as teaching tips, diagrams and a glossary. The teaching manual included provides terminology that is applicable to students of both genders and designed to fit within the education system's guidelines.
Goals and Objectives of the Winterball Program
- To promote an active and healthy lifestyle to children while encouraging them to participate in sport.
- Help increase participation in baseball locally, provincially and nationally by introducing the sport in a fun and exciting program.
- To teach the fundamentals of baseball while promoting a safe and non-competitive environment that provides children with a fun sport experience that is inclusive of everyone, regardless of gender or physical ability.
- To give students the opportunity of working in a teamwork setting, teaching them the importance of working together to achieve a common goal.
- To develop a program that helps students realize individual progress on a continual basis.
All students following the teacher's lesson plans detailed in the Winterball program will exhibit proficiency in movement skills while gaining social skills by working and getting along with others.
During the Winterball program, children will also benefit through the practice of daily participation, fitness activity and personal and group safety.