Sunday, June 29, 2014

Alex's Saturday Sports Day - Throwing And Catching



Song:  Hot Fun In The Summertime

Group:  Sly And The Family Stone



Yesterday (Saturday) was Throwing and Catching day for Alex.

This is the second session of his Saturday Sports day.

I am teaching Alex the basic gross motor skills used in most sports.


Alex and I went to the lower portion of the park to throw and catch multiple items.

We started out with the football.


Alex doing a running throw. 


Although they were not perfect spirals...
the football went where he wanted it to end up.


As the wind died down somewhat...
we switched to the boomerang.

We didn't have much luck at this time.
Alex has to get used to allowing his wrist to snap the boomerang
into the right amount of spin, and in achieving the correct angle of release.


We then switched to the velcro pad and ball for a game of catch.

I soon learned that Alex could catch the ball without the velcro catch pad.


We went to the Jai Alai skill set.

Even I had found it difficult to catch the ball with the curved launcher.



We then switched to the flying disc.

This proved hard to control.
It was not Alex's fault.
It was a cheap mock up of the original Frisbee.

I will be getting Alex a much better flying disc...
or perhaps a flying ring.



His angle of release was off...
but then again...
I also had a difficult time getting a smooth flight.

I used to be fairly good with Frisbees.

This one had only a partial lip.

The original has a lip which curves inward and has a much longer belly...
with much more heft...all of which adds to its stability.


The wind started to pick up once again...
so we switched back to the football.




Actually...
Alex had very few misthrows...


although he had a more difficult time catching the football  :)



We then switched back to the ball...
except this time...
we did it without the velcro pads to catch the ball.

Alex caught the ball much more easily than with the football
(the ball he caught is in this hand).

For never really having thrown or caught much before...
he has surprisingly good eye-hand coordination.





Alex learns quickly...far, far more quickly than I ever had.

He started using proper body mechanics during his throws
with but a single example from me.



Before leaving for the day...
we returned to throwing and catching the football.



Although his hands are not quite big enough to properly grip the football...
his throws had suprisingly very little wobble...
there was enough spin on the ball to remain stable in flight.


Alex caught one!

I am using the telephoto on most of these shots.

I would throw the ball...
then reach down to the camera around my neck to snap the shot.

We were much farther apart than it seems in these pictures.


Alex is doing so well in learning how to properly use his gross motor skills.

Had I tried to teach him earlier...
it may have been frustrating for him.

I had to ensure that his skill sessions were not only fruitful...
but filled with fun.

The first experiences are so important in laying a foundation
of success built upon success.

It is simple really...
make something fun...
a child will find his way.

Gross motor skills are now seen as a great adventure...
one which he may enjoy for the pleasures they were meant to be.

Although many on the spectrum have delayed gross motor skills...
once their body matures enough...
they can then learn the necessary skills without much problem.

When I was 8 years old...
my coordination just started to mature enough to be able to learn
gross motor movements without much problem.

Although Alex is older than I was when I started learning...
he is picking it up far more quickly than I could.

I couldn't throw a ball with much accuracy for a while...
and I was in a rookie baseball league.

Alex learned far more in one day...
than I had in many weeks of practice.

I want these Saturdays to be the starting of many rich memories for Alex.

He is learning valuable lessons...
and having a great time doing it.


Me?

I am living a Father's dream.

To be able to teach my son valuable lessons in life...
in beautiful surroundings...
with both of us laughing and having a great time...
and then when it is over...
looking forward to a nice hot shower...
and getting a nice hot dinner...
and then having the rest of the night off to relax...
well...it just doesn't get much better than this.


What could be better?

Well...
later today (Sunday)...
we will be going biking on the Truckee River / Lake Tahoe trail...
enjoying the river and mountain views...
and then eating at a restaurant by the river.

This is just part of our Summer fun...
and each outing presents another opportunity for magical memories to be made.


If nothing else...
Alex will always remember that I was there for him...
teaching him about life...
and sharing good times with him.

Each time we go out...
we strive to make it a time to deeply, and fondly, remember.

A childhood filled with magical memories...
sets a solid foundation for becoming a happy adult.
It takes away all doubt as to the beauty of life to be had
with but a little planning and very little effort or money.

He will forever know that the simple pleasures in life
are everywhere, and that they are there for us to go out 
and enjoy with a gusto of those knowing
how short and impermanent life is...
and so, something to be fully explored and savored. 

Magical memories are an investment toward a deeply happy life.

With so little capital needed...
and with but a small portion of your time invested...

what better return in life can be had?






2 comments:

  1. Looks like you two were out there for quite awhile. Nice to see Alex enjoying those sports, and catching on so quickly. Father and son playing catch makes for a great bonding experience.

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  2. It is our Saturday routine. Alex is having a lot of fun while he learns. We both look forward to the weekends. I have many things planned for us. It is an amazing experience for both of us.

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