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TRADITIONS

October 2012 FitKids Education and Training

CONTENTS 1. From the founder’s desk

2. Activity of the Month Identify fielding positions

3. Fun Corner T20 cricket innovations Fact Corner

4. LeapStart Punjab Press Launch What’s Hot, What’s Not Past Tense, Future Tense

FROM THE FOUNDER’S DESK With the festive season around the corner, it is befitting to examine our culture and heritage through our traditional games. Part of India’s ancient culture is the traditional games intensely enmeshed in the culture of each region. One striking difference between the previous generations and the current one is the type of sports played. Kids today predominantly play sports like cricket, tennis, basketball and football, while previous generations played a variety of indoor and outdoor games like Kabaddi, Kho-kho, Goli, and Ghilli. These games have a rich cultural and heritage value and were often tools of passing on ancestral knowledge. Traditional Games were designed in such a way that one could develop skills like logical thinking, building strategy, concentration, basic mathematics, aiming, and many more. Traditional Games act as learning aids. They teach many life-skills like handling defeat, developing sensory skills, counting, addition, improving motor skills amongst others while ensuring that the players still have fun. LeapStart has done extensive research to ensure that these important learnings are not lost in modern-day sport and we have ensured that our curriculum incorporates all these values in our games and activities. The values that we imbibe by playing these games are more as compared to most games that are played nowadays. These games give people a chance to learn about our culture and history and most importantly cut across age-groups, increasing the interaction between generations. Many modern day games played around the world have their origin in these traditional games, a proud fact for every Indian!

- Dev Roy Founder & MD


LEAPSTART ACTIVITY OF THE MONTH

Name the different fielding positions on a cricket field

Wicketkeeper | First Slip | Second Slip | Gully | Point | Mid-off | Long-off | Long-on | Mid-on | Midwicket | Deep Square leg | Deep fine leg | Third man | Deep Point | Non-striker Striker | Silly point | Short Leg


LEAPSTART FUN CORNER T20 Cricket Innovations: 1) Switch Hit: Made famous by Kevin Pietersen, he switches his stance to the opposite to play on his off side. However, it remains one of the most thrilling shots in world cricket.

2) Dil Scoop: One of the most dangerous shots to attempt is the ‘Dil-scoop.’ This is Tillakaratne Dilshan’s trademark shot where he goes on his knees and scoops the ball over the wicket-keeper’s head. It is a risky shot as there is a danger of either playing it on your own body or missing it altogether.

3) Mongoose Bats: The Mongoose bats are an evolution to the conventional ones which are used regularly, as these have a longer handle and a shorter blade. The Mongoose’s blade is 33% shorter and its handle 43% longer than a regular bat. 4) Helicopter Shot: A stroke played by swinging the bat in an "uppercut" fashion so that it catches the ball partly from below; in the follow-through the bat flails up and round vertically. The shot was named after Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who frequently uses the shot.

5) Carrom Ball: Ajantha Mendis. To bowl a "carrom ball" in cricket, the ball is held between the thumb, forefinger and the middle finger, and instead of a regular release, the ball is squeezed out of the fingers.

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LEAPSTART FACT CORNER:

BENEFITS OF DANCE: Dancing has manifold advantages and contributes immensely to the improvement of the child, thereby enhancing all types of skills that are required for a more rounded education. Research has shown that dancing boosts a child’s self-esteem and enhances their confidence. Dancing helps children improve their overall memory through remembering steps as well as improves listening skills. Dancing imbibes social skills in children and teaches them how to interact with their peers in a positive and a non-competitive manner. By participating in dance events, children experience what it is to participate in collaborative group endeavors and to truly work as a team.


LEAPSTART PUNJAB PRESS LAUNCH LeapStart officially launches it’s operations in Punjab

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Whats hot • Europe won the Ryder Cup 14 ½ to U.S’s 13 ½ in a dramatic finish in Medina Country Club. • Punjab won the hockey nationals in Bangalore where they beat Air India. • East Bengal won the Federation cup where they beat Dempo in the finals. • Saina Nehwal signed a 40 Crore contract to become the highest paid non cricketer Indian athlete. • Deepika Kumari became the second Indian ever to win a medal in the World Cup finals when the teenager picked up a silver medal. • West Indies won their first World Cup since 1979 when they went on to win the 4th Edition of the World T20.

Whats not • India got knocked out of the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in the Super Eights Stage for the 3rd time in 3 world cups. • Manchester United lost to Tottenham Hotspur for the first time in 23 years at Old Trafford. • Sri Lanka lost for the fourth time in a World Cup Final in five years. • Messi and Ronaldo scored twice each as the match between Real Madrid and Barcelona also called as the El Clasico ended in 2-2 draw. • Michael Schumacher announced retirement from Formula One after the ongoing season. • Simon Taufel, the only umpire to be awarded the Best Umpire award 5 consecutive times retired at the age of 41.

Past Tense • Europe beat the U.S.A in the Ryder Cup. • The European league in underway. Chelsea, Barcelona, Bayern Munich lead the English Premier league, Spanish League and the German Bundesliga respectively after 6 matches. • The first El Classico of the season takes place in the Spanish League when Real Madrid faces Barcelona at the Camp Nou. • The World Cup T20 took place in Sri Lanka. • The 2012-13 season of the I-League kick started in India. • Premier national football tournament the Federation Cup took place in India. • Nationals of the hockey tournament took place in India.

Future Tense • The Indian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place later this month at the Buddh International Circuit. • Champions League T20 is scheduled to begin in South Africa. • Indian Open (Golf) is scheduled to happen in Bangalore for the first time ever from 18th to 21st October. • England tour of India begins in November. England play four tests against India.

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