The theme of this week was spatial awareness and dodging which included the introduction of a new game that both mimicked a defensive set-up and got the micros to think about the direction that they run and why they run in that direction. Over the last few weeks, we have strived to introduce more challenging aspects to existing games and introduce new ideas that begins the notion of the micros understanding why they are performing a particular action.
The new game this week was named by Riley as Zigzag Space Run; this was designed to introduce the idea of changing directions whilst running and identifying space whilst running also; the theme of this game then was apparent in the ever popular octopus game at the end. For the remainder of the season, the octopus will be made up of micros and we are encouraging the micros to talk to each other and establish where is best to stand and create their defensive line. This is a theme that will continue into U6’s ready for U7’s.
Zigzag Space Run also helped the listening element with the micros as the coaches were able to talk through the game with them by helping them dodge the correct poles by calling out the colour they needed the micro to run past; as with any new game, it was a bit erratic to start but by the end of it, it was pleasing to see that the majority were running the correct path with little or no assistance from the coaches.
The listening cup this week was won by Ted; this was partly down to him reacting brilliantly to in game coaching but more-so for him taking an active lead with me in the octopus game. Ted was very vocal in the last round and took the lead coming with ideas as to which way to run; this is the element of leadership that we are trying to promote through the octopus game so well done Ted.
We also welcomed several new micros over the last couple of weeks so welcome to William, Callum and Hughie.