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Preschoolers’ sprocket rockets
Aspiring Athlete's new preschoolers sprocket rocket bike programme is where riders use their balance bikes whilst playing a range of games and activities, providing a stimulating, high energy learning environment with one clear objective, learning to ride a two wheeled bike. Fun!
- Starts on the college grounds Thursday 14th February 3.30 - 4.15 pm.
- 5 weeks = $30
- Bring a balance bike, helmet and snacks.
Maximum group of 8 riders.
To Register, please call 0274 733141
Note: School age bikers - your programme will resume Term 1 2017.
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What is the SPROCKET ROCKETS Programme?
Sprocket Rockets will learn basic balance, core stability, gross and fine motor skills and gain confidence that comes through the process of learning a new life skill.
Riders will use their balance bikes whilst playing a range of games and activities, providing a stimulating, high energy learning environment with one clear objective, learning to ride a two wheeled bike.
The programme is delivered through weekly sessions which are 45 minutes long and are structured enabling clear progression.
Each of the sessions introduce a new skill, with the first being as simple as handling the bike without assistance, followed by beginning to walk with it either seated or not and finally introducing obstacles and track features where they will have begun to balance with their feet of the ground.
WHY A BALANCE BIKE?
- Designed for beginner riders from preschoolers through to early primary school.
- Riders will require their own balance bike (any make, brand or model welcome)
- Four riders of the same age/ability make a class.
- Riders will require a bike helmet, must wear long pants & long sleeve top for safety reasons.
- Gloves optional but recommended.
- No sharing of bikes permitted.
- A snack and a drink bottle.
What defines riding? Does pedaling define riding? Downhill mountain bikers don’t pedal, road bike riders descending a highway don’t pedal, BMX riders in a half pipe don’t pedal, and motorcyclists don’t pedal. They are all riding. So what do they all have in common? The ability to balance on two wheels, and lean through turns regardless of what put them in motion. For children, walking and running are the natural means of propulsion. The simplicity of a balance bike allows children to concentrate on the fundamental skills of balancing, leaning, and steering while propelling the bike in a natural way.
Research shows that learning balance and coordination with exercise jump-starts a child’s growth and development during the important formative years of early childhood.
- Balance bikes are ultra-light weight and easy to control.
- Balance bikes increase balance, coordination, and confidence.
- Balance bikes allow children to focus on learning balance first.
- Balance bikes are free of chains, pedals, and protrusions that can harm a child.
- Balance bikes provide a safe, smooth, and natural transition to a pedal bike.
A bike where the pedals have been removed teaches the balance required to ride a bike, as there is nothing complicated to confuse. Straddling two wheels, with feet planted on the floor your child starts off steady and can progress at their own pace, without the need for ever needing stabilisers (training wheels).
Kids learn balance safely and then when older can move to a heavier bike with pedals. Using a balance bike is now regarded to be the safest way to learn how to ride a bicycle, as stabilisers just teach the child to rock from one side to the other AND the child still needs parent’s assistance up kerbs etc. A bike with stabilisers (training wheels) means the all-important skill, balance, has still to be learnt when the stabilisers are removed.
Junior Biking Skills programme Yr4 – Yr 8
We have identified the need to offer a junior programme of approx 2 levels to introduce bike safety; biking skills of balance, cornering, gradients, gears, bike fitness; and road/track sense.
- Starts Tuesday 7 th Feb (or Thursday 9 th Feb - choose one)
- 3.30 – 4.30 pm on the college rugby fields.
- 6 weeks = $50.
Riders are required to bring:
- their own serviced and workable bike
- a well fitted helmet
- PE clothing and closed in shoes/sandals
- Snack and drink bottle
Maximum group of 10 riders.
It is intended the programme will support a pathway leading into specialist groups eg. mountain biking (Unspoked) ; road ; downhill and veladrome. With time and competency, coaches may take groups to local bike parks / tracks for further skill development.
To Register, please call 0274 733141