*Registration for our 2017 BaseballTots, BasketballTots, SoccerTots and HockeyTots programs is now available online. This session begins on April 1st, 2017. Please click on register at the top of this page for registration and schedule information.*
Welcome to NLTots
SoccerTots, HockeyTots, BasketballTots and BaseballTots are child physical development programs that use a variety of fun games to delight and engage kids in physical activity. The curriculum is professionally designed to develop motor skills, promote physical fitness, and create self confidence in kids and younger children. It stresses a non-competitive environment and promotes fun above all else.
Kids just wanna have fun!
At the development ages of 2 to 6 years old, kids generally don’t have an appreciation for the benefits of building a skill nor do they associate any benefits with being good at something. They are hard wired to learn through play. As most parents know full well, kids will expend a tremendous amount of energy to play but picking up their toys is a terrible exertion. We understand the nature of kids and we have created a curriculum that utilizes their motivation to develop athletic skills and fitness through a series of fun but beneficial games…but don’t tell the kids…we’re secretly developing them…
Super Concentration Mode
Our programs succeed in building athletic skills by getting the kids into what we call the super-concentration mode. The Super-concentration mode is where the kids are trying their hardest to achieve some objective that their brain and muscles are working together to learn and create muscle memory. That is where the skill development happens the fastest. The challenge is tapping into their motivation to get them into this ultra-skill-building mode. Most adults are too direct in their approach when training young children because they forget that kids at this age have a totally different motivation.
The Curriculum is designed to first introduce the fun, and thus the motivation, then add challenges. Our goal is to eventually get kids to perform a particular exercise that builds a vital skill while they are in the super-concentration mode. For example teaching kids to dribble a ball from one hoop to the other as fast as they can is a great exercise to learn ball control. Simply instructing them to do it results in an unmotivated, distracted effort. However, our curriculum, first introduces a game with a fun objective and then the ball is incorporated after the kids know the game and understand the fun. As a result, we get highly motivated kids in the super-concentration mode trying to get a ball from one hoop to the next. We found that to optimize skill-building, the indirect approach works much faster and better than the traditional direct approach for older kids and adults.
Color – SoccerTots, HockeyTots, and HoopsterTots utilizes a variety of colors in various games to attract the attention of the children. We love to incorporate lots of colorful props to add variety and fun to our curriculum. The more fun the better.
Size – We have found that the right sized equipment makes a tremendous difference in the proper development of children. For example our soccer balls, hockey sticks, and basketballs are proportionately sized so kids don’t have to compensate for oversized balls and thus learn bad habit in order to get control and momentum on a ball.
Safety – our equipment is carefully selected to be soft and easy. The fewer the boo-boos the better.
The curriculum for our programs are a progressive curriculum design by experts with a comprehensive understanding of child development. The goal is to bring kids through the various stages so they not only grow their athletic skills and fitness but develop an interest and love for sports and aerobic activities. Each stage builds upon the previous stage with unique challenges and new skill building games. Children who have gone through the entire curriculum can demonstrate remarkable skill and have had great success in sports leagues.
Prepare them for sports
The feedback we get from the parents of kids who have been through our program has been very enthusiastic, especially in regards to preparing them for sports leagues. We consistently hear that the kids go into the early stages of sports leagues as being very advanced compared to the other players.