July 2018 Tyson led a group through 4 days of skills and drills, creating an opportunity for children to be part of a 'team' and learn the components of baseball without being on a big community team. Many of our staff supported this endeavour and it was a great success!
The kids did a lot of partner toss work, using their 'alligator hand' to trap the ball into their glove. Each child then got individual coaching and attention from Tyson and his baseball friend, Will, who also was dedicated to camp! We did some drills in a 'half moon' shape to learn how to field grounders. Most kids' favourite part was the relays to earn the water balloons which could be thrown at the 'helpers' at the end of the day! Soaker! Lucky we had some hot weather.
It turns out baseball integrates so many components of OT that we work on in sessions: balance, attention, visual tracking, bilateral coordination, visual motor skill sequencing, memory, and the social skill of camaraderie! What does it mean to be a part of a 'team'?
Leadership skill was demonstrated by some children in the group as they 'coached' their team mate in such unique and supportive ways towards proper throwing mechanics (as Tyson had described). Everyone had a chance to try out various positions on the field and 'run the bases'. It is there types of summer OT programs that I look forward to engaging with each summer.
We are fortunate to have such a talented staff that is able to offer dynamic programs. Thank you to Tyson for his encouragement, attention to detail, and ability to teach such a diverse group. We hope to see you on the field again soon!