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Summer play for winter pay

post #1 of 14
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I was just talking with my kids at supper, and we were talking about things to do for the summer. My middle child (Megan) is a little athlete, and has really taken to skiing. I thought that we could pick up some of those orange cones and kick the soccer ball around them, using the inside foot in each direction. I want to play with that a bit.

What other summer dryland drills do you think are fun for kids and will translate to a payoff on snow?
post #2 of 14
if you have hard wood floors,

Nice thick socks and go sliding. Do this after a new coat of wax. Buffs the floor, lots of fun and great for balance.
post #3 of 14
In the swimming pool on the shallow end (best if the water comes up to their shoulders). play catch or keep away, tag, etc.. The only rules. No hand paddling and feet must stay on the pool bottom. This teaches them to keep their CM Just in front of their feet. You can guide movement while playing keep away by moving sideways and forcing them to zig/zag.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by dchan
if you have hard wood floors,

Nice thick socks and go sliding. Do this after a new coat of wax. Buffs the floor, lots of fun and great for balance.
I love doing this.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by ssh
.....My middle child (Megan) is a little athlete......
With out knowing an age I would not get more specific that saying incorporate Plyometrics. Rock hopping in creek beds is great.
post #6 of 14
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My kids are 4, 9, and 12, with the two younger being the more athletic. Both girls (9/12) are accomplished dancers. I'm half-90 and a lost cause...
post #7 of 14
Cutting the lawn, taking out the trash, cleaning the house are all things for them to do that give me time to do my summer training more
post #8 of 14
Ice skating if there is an ice rink nearby. The crossover is good practice for balancing on the inside ski.
post #9 of 14
Find a cattle rancher in the area who will allow you and your kids to move the cows and calves to summer pasture, on foot. Combines soccer, cross country, and skating (there will be slick spots).
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(there will be slick spots).
post #11 of 14
Cow pies
post #12 of 14
Mountain Biking, rollerblading (ramps if I can get some near by), and trail running are all great options.
post #13 of 14
They're kids. Anything that keeps them active will be good. Summer soccer leagues. Gymnastics. If you want to produce really good skiers or riders, which given the consumption of body parts is not necessarily without downside from a parent's perspective, bmx, motocross, skateparks, and diving are all good. Find a 10m diving platform and work them up to the 10m. Of course, leading by example from mom & dad is a must.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by tief schnee
With out knowing an age I would not get more specific that saying incorporate Plyometrics. Rock hopping in creek beds is great.
I agree. Plyometrics and other such body weight exercises (push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, etc) are the only types of strenght training exercises a pre-pubescent kid should incorporate. No weight training until at least 14.
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