Fundamental Movement Skills

Children need to learn fundamental movement skills before they learn fundamental sport skills.  If they are introduced to sport skills before movement skills, they often struggle to learn the sport skills. Sometimes they get discouraged and quit!

Fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills – what’s the difference?

Fundamental movement skills are basic movements such as throwing, kicking, running, jumping, hopping and catching.  Fundamental sport skills are these movement skills applied to a sport situation: for example, kicking a soccer ball, running a sprint, jumping up for a basketball rebound, catching a baseball. 

Children will struggle if they are forced to learn fundamental sport skills before they have learned fundamental movement skills.

Children may also feel inadequate and discouraged if they see their friends and classmates mastering the same sport skills faster than them (because they have already developed fundamental movement skills).  

Find out more information about Fundamental skills and related sport opportunities.