San Jose Express on hiatus...
SJX is closed for now…and until we get permission from the county and state to open up.
This is a difficult time for all of us, but we will make it and come out even stronger.
I will be blogging frequently during this time. We will have links
to videos Coach Cristan has been working on, along with updates on
what your coaches and teammates are doing.
San Jose Express is more than just a water polo team.
We are a community and family.
Stay safe and strong!
My "real" job is an itinerant adapted physical education teacher. What this means is I go from school to school and teach PE to mostly kids with special needs.
It's a great job. One of the things it allows me to do is observe PE programs, teachers and kids from many different schools.
One of the things I've noticed is that many kids don't have good "hand/eye" coordination. They have a difficult time tracking (following the ball). They have a difficult time reaching for the ball as it moves.
This isn't just for my kids with special needs. This is for ALL the kids I see.
And I see it with the 10/U team. I also notice it in the older kids as well.
I believe it's because kids don't get outside and play much. They spend much of their time watching screens or even reading. This doesn't get them to practice having their eyes move correctly. It also doesn't get them to practice coordinating their hands and eyes together.
Catching and passing a water polo ball is difficult in the water. It's near impossible to do if you can't do it on land.
There's many ways to develop one's hand-eye coordination. They are fun and challenging. You don't need to do it for very long. For this, it's best to space out the practice during the day.
Spend five to ten minutes a few times during the day to improve hand-eye coordination. You can do it solo, or with a partner.
Here are ten fun games and challenges to try. I recommend using a tennis, racket, or lacrosse ball. But if you don't have one of them a rolled up pair of socks works just as well.
Nine games and Activities to Develop Hand/Eye Coordination for Kids
And the better water polo player you'll be as well.
Write a comment and let us know how it goes!