Lower School students focus on the acquisition of skills and the ongoing practice of those skills necessary for successful participation in both neighborhood play situations and team sports. Improving gross and fine motor skills, strength and conditioning, and spatial awareness are important parts of our program at this level. In addition, our program develops fundamental skills such as (but not limited to) catching, throwing, running, stretching, and following directions in a variety of activities. Students are also provided direct instruction on how to participate more effectively in such sports as baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, and soccer. At the beginning of the year, a good deal of time is devoted to reviewing and learning the skills needed to play cooperatively without feeling intimidated by the physical interactions that occur in group sports. Students learn to apply their skills incrementally while improving their sportsmanship, team cooperation, and level of understanding of these specific sports’ rules.