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Helping Kids Stay Active at Home

December 25th, 2020

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Helping Kids Stay Active at Home

To protect families from the recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the country, many school districts are heading back to online learning, sports activities are being canceled, and recreation facilities are setting restrictions. While it may be the right move to keep the community-at-large safe, these restrictions limit physical activity and make children restless when cooped up indoors. But there is a simple way to mitigate this problem – exercise.

 

Youth sports and learning experts here at Skyhawks Sports Academy teamed up with our partner STEM Sports® to find fun ways to turn exercise into a fun activity to capture children’s interest and keep their bodies moving. One example is Playing Card Fitness, a fun activity that includes simple exercises that is enjoyable for the whole family and can be played indoors in any size room.

 

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Skyhawks and STEM Sports® Playing Card Fitness: How to Play

 

Do not underestimate how fun and challenging a workout can be using a deck of cards. Playing Card Fitness is a great cardio-based, full-body routine that only requires a deck of cards and a few square feet of open space. To play, each participant picks a card, and depending on the suit and value on the card, everyone completes the exercise. Every suit represents a different exercise and the value on the card represents the rep count. Simple right? Now, let’s understand which suit means what exercise and how to assign values.

 

Numbers 2 - 9 = values (i.e. reps)

Face card = 11 reps

Ace = 12 reps


Hearts = pushups

Diamonds = jumping jacks

Clubs = sit-ups

Spades = squats

 

For example, if a participant picks a card that is 10 of hearts, all participants need to do 10 pushups. To make it a good workout session, have each participant pick one card each and complete the round, and then go for three rounds.

 

Bonus – Teach Children the Concepts of STEM

 

Along with the physical benefits of Playing Card Fitness, this activity can also be the catalyst to introduce STEM concepts to children. This activity is a perfect opportunity to introduce the concepts of heart rate, calorie burn, and calorie intake to older children. It is also a great way to keep children and families in the habit of taking time each day to keep their bodies healthy physically and mentally. And it’s fun! To learn more about the concepts of STEM-learning through sports and to register for Skyhawks Winter 2021 Programs, visit www.skyhawks.com.

Skyhawks and Nimbus Esports Academy Partner to Launch First of Its Kind Esports Enrichment Program

June 23rd, 2020

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Skyhawks Sports Academy has acquired the exclusive rights to Nimbus Esports Academy programming and curriculum. This partnership will see Skyhawks introduce Esports enrichment programming to kids around the world!

 

 “We are thrilled to see our team's vision to add Esports to the Skyhawks offering come to life through our partnership with Nimbus Esports Academy,” says Jason Frazier, President of Skyhawks Sports Academy. “Our combined effort brings a whole new dynamic to the Esports world by focusing on the positives of gaming while also teaching life lessons through sports and physical activity. Together we provide a safe, fun way for kids to practice teamwork and social skills while also learning to think strategically.”

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 Nimbus Esports Academy’s program centers around the smash-hit title, Rocket League, with plans to integrate other age-appropriate Esports titles along the way. Much like a Skyhawks soccer or basketball program, participants work on coordination, focus, and the ability to problem-solve in dynamic environments through game-based drills and play. 

 

“We couldn’t be more excited to join efforts with the historic Skyhawks Sports Academy brand,” said Cody Dragon, Nimbus Founder, and former Co-Founder and Esports Director at Ghost Gaming. “Esports and video gaming are on the rise, and we plan to meet children where they are at. Our holistic program is custom-tailored to promote critical thinking, teamwork, and sportsmanship all within the exciting world of video games."

 

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 Virtual Esports + Play camps are now open for registration and will be running through June 29th - August 15th in conjunction with VOIP partner, Kast. Players of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to sign up and participate in the inaugural launch of the Skyhawks/Nimbus Esports partnership. For more information and/or to register visit www.skyhawks.com/esports.


In-person camps, classes, and after-school program offerings will reopen in accordance with state guidelines for reopening post-COVID-19 and will follow strict CDC directed health and safety guidelines.  Please click here to learn more about our Summer 2020 Protocols and Policies in Response to COVID-19.

Skyhawks Camps During the Pandemic

June 1st, 2020

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Skyhawk Sports Academy is adhering to COVID-19 procedures and protocol for this year’s in-person summer camps. Dependent on local county and state guidelines, summer camp programs will be adjusted differently in each region. Programs will either be run in an outside setting or indoors with restrictions on group numbers. Even though traditional camps will be performed differently, the Skyhawks team is making safety the #1 priority while still implementing programs for each child to improve their confidence levels, sports skills, and instill a passion for an active lifestyle. 

The following four levels have been developed to ensure that all regional and state safety guidelines are being met.

  • Level 1: A traditional camp format but with additional policies
  • Level 2: Isolated groups with limited participant interaction
  • Level 3: Isolated groups with a modified social distancing curriculum
  • Level 4: Only virtual programming offered

Skyhawks is closely monitoring CDC guidelines regarding youth sports and camp policies and will make adjustments as needed. Skyhawks will also be checking to make sure that no participant, staff member, or family-related member has been contracted with sickness within 14 days of the camp start date. If during the camp a  staff member or participant tests positive for COVID-19,  the program will immediately be canceled and all participants and partnering organizations will be notified.

For more information about what each level entails, click the link below: https://www.skyhawks.com/public/images/virtual_camps/Skyhawks%20Summer%202020%20COVID-19%20Policies.pdf

A six feet apart policy will be upheld for all check-in/check-out procedures in addition to mandated masks for both parents and participants during these processes. Beginning of the camp parent orientation meetings will be held outside in compliance with social distancing.

There will be no peer to coach interaction and all equipment will be sanitized between uses. Hand washing practices will also be enforced along with no snack or food sharing. While Skyhawks is working hard to minimize the spreading of any sickness, we do recommend that any at-risk groups do not drop-off/pick-up participants, participate in programs, or instruct programs.

 

We look forward to working with your child as a camper this summer!

Dealing with Smoky Days

August 5th, 2019

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Bordering on becoming the 5th season, smoky days from wildfires in July, August, and even into September have become an unfortunate new norm. Your child’s health is Skyhawks’ top concern and we have a number of steps in place to evaluate smoky days and to keep your child safe. 


On smoky days, Skyhawks uses the AQI (Air Quality Index) and the EPA’s AirNow Air Quality Index (AQI) conditions as a reference for determining the need to relocate, reschedule, or cancel camps. According to the EPA, there are six air quality categories that range from Good to Unhealthy and Hazardous. When the “Unhealthy” range is reached, Skyhawks works with our partner organizations to try and find an indoor location if possible and avoid cancellations. Generally speaking, moving to an indoor location will provide a healthy enough environment for our campers when the AQI is in the “Unhealthy” range. However, ordinances in some areas require the cancellation of outdoor activities for youth once the AQI reaches the “Unhealthy” level. No matter what, when the AQI passes into the “Hazardous” range even moving inside won’t provide a healthy enough environment, and that’s when we start canceling camps for the day.


If you have a child in a program that needs to be relocated or canceled, Skyhawks customer service will be in contact with you via email or phone. We’ll let you know as soon as is possible so you can plan accordingly. 


If you have any concerns about your child’s upcoming camp(s), please give us a call at 800.804-3509 and one of our customer service representatives will be happy to answer any questions.



Skyhawks Expands to Indonesia!

August 1st, 2019

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After successfully launching the inaugural international franchise in China, Skyhawks Franchise Group has opened its second overseas franchise in Indonesia.  Based in Jakarta and operated by partners Bryan Djuhari and Muljadi Irawan, the Indonesian franchise will offer both Skyhawks Sports Academy and SuperTots Sports Academy programs to kids ages 18 months - 14 years old. In addition to providing sports programming for schools, private sports facilities, and apartment complexes, Djuhari and Irawan have plans to open their own multi-purpose facility (FIT Academy).  This ten-story multi-purpose facility will offer futsal, basketball and badminton courts in addition to a gymnastics room, climbing wall and four-lane half-Olympic size lap pool. Located in Kuningan in the heart of Jakarta, the FIT Academy is set to open 2020/2021.  


“We are looking forward to bringing Skyhawks and SuperTots to the young boys and girls here in Jakarta and throughout Indonesia,” says Irawan.  “The excitement you feel at a Skyhawks camp or watching a child learn a new skill for the first time and the relationships they form with other campers and the coaches is really tremendous.  We can’t wait to take the knowledge and methods Skyhawks has fine-tuned over the last 40 years and introduce Skyhawks and SuperTots to the kids in our Jakarta community and beyond.”

 

“Opening our first international franchise in 2018 for the SuperTots brand was thrilling, and this announcement brings the same feeling right back,” explained Skyhawks Franchise Group President & COO Jason Frazier. “Skyhawks is commemorating its 40th anniversary in 2019, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by the launching of our first dual-brand international franchise.  Finding Bryan and Muljadi and hearing about their vision for what they hope to accomplish with Skyhawks and SuperTots franchises made them the right franchisor for Indonesia. I am eager to see the benefits they will be able to provide for the kids in Indonesia.”

 

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Skyhawks Franchise Group President & COO Jason Frazier (Center) with Skyhawks Indonesia ownership partners Muljadi Irawan (left) and Bryan Djuhari (right) in Spokane, WA.

Beating the Summer Heat

July 20th, 2019

It would be a safe bet to assume that your child would choose “the end” as the worst part of summer. Most parents, however, would probably pick peak summer heat in July & August. Skyhawks’ bread & butter is summer-season camps, we build hot days into our coach’s training and program curriculum from the get-go.


On overly hot days, Skyhawks coaches and directors are trained to increase the number of water and shade breaks during the summer. We try to avoid canceling or relocating camps, but in the event of extreme heatwaves, we will do so. If this happens, you’ll be contacted by a Skyhawks representative prior to the start of camp for the day and let you know. 


Even if we’re not looking at record-breaking heat, here’s a few tips to make you child going during summer programs:


  • Make sure your kids are drinking plenty of water in the days leading up to camp.
  • Send a LOT of water with them to camp. Seriously, a LOT.
  • Make sure they are wearing light, loose clothing that breathes. Be sure to add a hat to protect their head and face!
  • Put sunscreen on before camp and send it with them so the coach can remind them to reapply throughout the day.
  • Encourage your children to speak up if they feel thirsty or overheated during camp. Some kids get nervous or feel like they can't tell the coach they need to take a break. If you are worried your child won't say anything, let the coach know when you get to camp so they can check in with your child more frequently throughout the day.
  • After camp, help cool your child down by having them rest out of the sun, preferably somewhere with air conditioning. You might treat them to a popsicle or cold treat, and make sure they are still drinking fluids to stay hydrated.

 

If you’ve got any questions about our weather policy, pleace give our customer service line a call at 800-804-3509 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions!

Skyhawks Celebrates 40 Years of Youth Sports Excellence!

April 18th, 2019

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In 1979, Skyhawks Sports Academy was founded in the Pacific Northwest with the purpose of teaching life skills through sports to all children, no matter the skill level. Today, our purpose still stands true, and we are proud of the life lessons and valuable experiences we have provided for children over the past 40 years.


Before Skyhawks came into the picture, not all children had the opportunity to take part in sports if they weren’t of a specific skill level. Skyhawks saw this problem and made sure to give every child a chance to experience the joy and benefits of sports while learning important life skills in a safe environment.


In our 40 years of existence, Skyhawks has grown from a regional soccer program in Spokane, Washington into a nationwide youth sports program with more than 10 different sports for children to choose from. Growth began to take off in the late 1980s with expansion into Western Washington and Oregon, and since then we haven’t stopped expanding. With thousands of programs in over 20 states, Skyhawks continues to be America’s leading youth sports organization.


“We are thrilled to celebrate our 40th anniversary as an organization this year,” said Jason Frazier, President of Skyhawks. “Growing from a small soccer program into the nation’s top youth sports program is a huge accomplishment, and we will continue to expand while teaching kids life lessons through our sports camps along the way.”


The past 10 years have been significant for us. We began selling franchises in 2012, which has been critical in the rapid growth of Skyhawks across the nation. In 2014, we acquired SuperTots Sports Academy in order to give children ages 18 months to five and a half years old an opportunity to develop motor skills and have fun. With these accomplishments, Skyhawks has grown into one of the best fitness franchises in the world, earning the #177 spot on Entrepreneur’s 40th annual Franchise 500®.


We couldn’t have gotten to where we are today without our wonderful coaches, partners and staff members throughout the country. Everybody who is a part of the Skyhawks’ organization makes sure to go the extra mile to provide children with a beneficial and fun experience that will stick with them for the rest of their lives.


Thank you to the people who have supported us throughout the past four decades. We are excited about the growth Skyhawks has had up to this point, and we’re excited to see what the next 40 years have in store for us!


If you are interested in signing up your child for a Skyhawks sports camp, please visit https://skyhawks.com/search/ to find a program. For becoming a franchise owner, please visit https://skyhawks.com/franchise/franchise/skyhawks-franchise-group/ for more information.

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