What is Physical Literacy?
By definition, Physical literacy is the ability to move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person. By mastering physical literacy skills at a young age, kids are more likely to participate confidently in sports and play with other kids, and more likely to grow to have a healthy relationship with exercise.
More and more, Physical Literacy is being seen as the most effective antidote to childhood obesity and the many problems associated with our increasingly sedentary lifestyles.
Here at Pickup Sports, we've used the term to name Physical Literacy: "MOBO"
MOBO is short for Motor Control and Ball Control Skills. We've done that to make it easier for parents to quickly understand the skills we're talking about.
The nonprofit OPHEA has created a wonderful explanation video of Physical Literacy:
So what are the Physical Literacy (MOBO) skills young kids need?
When it comes to kids aged 3-7, we've identified these 9 basic skills:
Motor Control Skills:
Ball Control Skills:
Knowing the nuances of these skills is key to helping kids develop. For example, we assume that most kids are great at running because they are always high energy! But did you know that it's important to encourage kids to run with their arms bent at a 90 degree angle, and encourage them to lift their knees when they run? Each of the skills mentioned above have techniques associated with them that are important for parents and caregivers to know.
Our MOBO Curriculum
The Pickup Sports Curriculum that you receive in your boxes is a series of game cards that help you help your child develop their MOBO skills that are most necessary for that particular sport. Our goal is to build the child's confidence and competence in playing to ensure they can participate with other kids when they are ready.