I am the proud father of two remarkable boys. I have enjoyed watching them and participating with them in numerous athletic programs around Manhattan. Some of the athletic programs available are very good, but did not meet my expectations. It was with this in mind that I followed my life-long dream of teaching children. I founded Simply Sports to create an athletic program for children that is built on a highly quality infrastructure that includes top-level professionals, distinguished coaches and superior instruction.
We are committed to creating programs that are age appropriate, safe and fun for all children. We firmly believe that a child must develop a love for the game first, and that learning skills and techniques follows second. We also believe that it is vital for every child to experience success to build confidence and self-esteem. Our philosophy is to capitalize on teachable moments because there are many situations that are hard to simulate in a practice or a clinic. During an activity, our coaches may pause to demonstrate a point or tactic using the events that have transpired in the activity. For example, during a baseball game, a rundown might occur. When that happens, our coaches will bring it to the children’s attention and teach the proper method to handle a rundown. Drawing on actual situations that arise during a game provides a tangible method to teach skills so that children can effectively tackle the situation should it arise again. By utilizing this approach, we engage the children, eliminate idle standing around time that often follows other teaching methods and help children learn without requiring them to figure out how to apply a formal lesson to a real game situation.
We strive to draw out positive life lessons from competitive experiences including learning to work as a team, playing fairly, treating others with respect, accepting defeat graciously and trying one’s hardest. At Simply Sports, games are taken seriously, but participation, fun, effort and good sportsmanship are emphasized over and above winning.
Jeffrey Bernstein, Director