Our Team of the week!
Team of the Week: Whitman Wildcats
The Whitman Wildcats 5th grade boys team likes to have fun! Coach Tim Hale is someone who understands Active Children Portland’s program goals which means the kids have fun and learn life skills every practice and every game.
Tim starts practice with free time in order for him to check in with students and understand how their day is going. This helps him understand how to address issues if they come up during practice. Kids at school don’t get time to regulate their own behavior in unstructured environments due to cutbacks of recess and physical education.
After free time Tim brings the team in for an opening circle where the kids discuss goal setting and their goals for the day. This is also a great opportunity for the kids to bring up any tough issues that might have happened that day at school, and time is allowed for the team to discuss the conflict that might have occurred.
During practice Coach Tim is constantly recognizing positive behavior and acknowledging the hard work of the team. He makes sure that he is giving praise to students who might have had a tough day at school or who might be struggling with something at home. He finishes practice with a fun scrimmage that reaffirms his earlier coaching points and addresses anything they’ll need to work on during their weekend games.
Tim finishes practice with an appreciation circle where the kids demonstrate the family atmosphere that Coach Tim has developed with his team. The students also readdress their daily goals or any conflict that might have happened during practice during the appreciation circle.
Active Children Portland is lucky to have such a great coach and such a great team. The team cares about each other, they care about their goals, and they care about becoming better community members one practice at a time. We want to recognize the Whitman Wildcats 5th grade boys team as our “Team of the Week!”