Salem’s Sports Ministry offers sports and activities
for both adults and children!
The benefits of movement are great no matter how young or old you are and the fellowship of others is important for our social-emotional well-being. Scripture also tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:19 that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and that we should care for our bodies well as that is the vessel through which God works. With this in mind, consider joining one of our sessions. We have something for everyone – pickleball, yoga, basketball, soccer, T-ball, and Movement Mondays! We hope you will join us!
Game Ready. Life Ready. for Children
The Bible teaches us in 1 Timothy 4:8 that “physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” With this lens, Salem’s Game Ready. Life Ready. sports curriculum is designed to not only build a solid foundation of physical movement, sport understanding, and love for the game but incorporates lessons from the Bible that shape athletes’ character and faith as they live that out in sports and life.
Our four-sport children’s program—soccer, basketball, T-ball, and pickleball—is designed for elementary-aged children. Our curriculum developer and Sports Ministry Director, Shelli Streeper, has 17 years of professional youth coaching experience, owns a sports coaching and training business, served as the Director of Coaching for 10+ years in traveling soccer clubs, has coached all high school levels in various sports, was a former gym teacher and collegiate soccer player, and holds numerous coaching licenses and certifications including a National Youth Coaching License. Given her passion for incorporating faith and sports and for fostering a love for sports at an early age, she has found her niche in Salem’s Sports Ministry programs!
Soccer (early elementary)
Salem’s Game Ready. Life Ready! soccer program is a developmental soccer program for Pre-School (2nd year), Kindergarten, and First Grade youth. Each practice session will consist of skill development activities and progress to final gameplay. Using our Game Ready. Life Ready! faith-based curriculum, athletes will also learn to shine God’s love on and off the field. Each player will receive a soccer jersey (if they don’t yet have a Salem jersey) and participation award.
The soccer season runs during September and October.
Movement Mondays (preschool)
This preschool program is designed to teach children various ways to move their bodies and basic sports skills like throwing, catching, kicking, and dribbling (with feet and hands). These skills are great building blocks for future sport learning and a fun way to stay active!
Students meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., share a bag lunch meal together, and then play some movement games and activities. Please bring your own bag lunch each week. The cost per participant for the Winter Session is $65 and includes entry fee and transportation to field trip sites. Additional Jam Hop waiver will need to be completed.
Schedule (11:30-1:00 p.m., with exception of field trip days which end at 2:00 p.m.)
All Program Days – January 27, February 3, 10, 19, 24, and March 2 (please note that February 19 is a Wednesday)
Jam Hops Field Trip Days – Mondays: January 27 and February 24 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Eagle’s Nest Field Trip Day – Monday, February 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The cost per participant is $65 and includes entry fee and transportation to field trip sites. Given the demand for this program, payment is due upon registration and is capped at 20 participants. Additional Jam Hop waiver will need to be completed.
Registration is closed.
Basketball (early elementary)
Basketball is a fun sport to play because it has relatively few rules, you can play it year-round—both indoors and out—and it’s equally fun to play or practice individually or with a team. Early exposure to basketball will help improve a player’s hand-eye coordination and develop their understanding of both offensive and defensive roles. This program is one of the few available that is equipped to teach young people through age-appropriate practice sessions and has shorter hoops designed for this age group.
Each basketball session will develop the individual skills of all players including their dribbling skills and ball-handling abilities, passing and team play, shooting technique, and overall game understanding. Each session will progress from individual play to a final game.
Practices: Thursdays, January 9-February 27.
No practice on February 20.
Preschool: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Kindergarten and 1st Grade: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
End-of-the-season jamboree and award ceremony: Saturday, February 29, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration is closed.
T-Ball (early elementary)
If baseball is America’s favorite past time, you’d better start your young one out early playing a little T-ball! Given the complex structure of this game (force outs) and the precise skill and technique needed for getting players out, we use a gradual approach to learning how to play. We begin the season teaching kickball and the format of “pitcher’s hand” to get outs. As players understand these concepts we move into more of the traditional teaching and coaching of T-ball. This method has proven successful in overall game understanding in both gym classes and T-ball leagues. Parents are also asked to participate alongside their child so that throwing and catching is an effective learning experience and accelerates the skill development of each child.
Each T-ball session, players will learn how to properly throw, catch, and field, run bases, and bat. Each player will receive a jersey and participation award.
Children in preschool (age 4 as of 9/1/19) through 1st grade are welcome to participate. Parents are also asked to participate alongside their child so that throwing and catching is an effective learning experience and accelerates the skill development of each child. We call this a “Parent & Me” sport.
The Spring 2020 Program was canceled due to COVID-19.
Pickleball (kids and adults)
Pickleball for kids in grades 2-5
This game is great for developing hand-eye coordination and for establishing fundamental skills for future sport learning (tennis, baseball). The format for each session will be a combination of drills and gameplay. During each pickleball session, players will learn technique for hitting and serving, learn the rules of the game, and develop teamwork and communication skills. Athletes in grades 2-5 are welcome to participate and parents need not stay during the session.
The Spring 2020 Program was canceled due to COVID-19.
Pickleball for adults is come-when-you-can on the 1st and 3rd Thursday each month (9:30-11:30 a.m. and 8:00-9:30 p.m.) Feel free to invite a neighbor or a friend for a time of fitness, fellowship, and fun! The cost is $2/player per session. Note: We hope to resume this program once social distancing/COVID-19 guidelines and restricts allow us to do so safely.
Yogadevotion goes virtual!
Yogadevotion Zoom Class
Mondays, June 29 – August 3, 2020 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Please email Sue Pederson if you would be interested in signing up. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yogadevotion is a practice of breath, prayer, and movement led by a trained yoga instructor. Yogadevotion helps to encourage healthy living and a peaceful presence. Getting up and down off the floor can be difficult for many reasons. This Yogadevotion class incorporates poses that increase range of motion, improve balance and bring attention to the breath, all using a chair as yoga props.
Whether you are just beginning to explore the benefits of yoga or an experienced yogi, you are welcomed to this community.
Yogadevotion LLC classes begin in the breath, centering ourselves in the Presence of God—setting aside all that distracts us from the relationship God intends for us. Our devotional time is at the beginning of the class, opening with Scripture that speaks to a practice of faith, during the breath work. Reflections on the Scripture are written by Pastor Cindy Senarighi, an ordained pastor. Getting up and down off the floor can be difficult for many reasons. This Yogadevotion class incorporates poses that increase range of motion, improve balance and bring attention to the breath, all using a chair as yoga props. We use music in our classes as well as silence to intentionally listen for God’s voice. The classes close with restorative yoga, a practice of calm alertness that allows a time of reflection and thanksgiving for God’s Presence in our lives. The faith-based language you will hear in class is familiar—the benediction, invocation, and prayer that closes the class. This class is for all levels as Yogadevotion LLC teaches that the primary teacher is your own body and that voice is the important one. Modifications are offered for all poses.