Play is the natural biological impulse by which we develop the foundational physical, mental, emotional and relational skills that will carry us through life.    Play is the expression of pure physical pleasure, exploration and discovery of our own bodies and the world.

Many scientists think the complexity of the human brain derives from the complexity of human movement (balancing to walk and crouch and jump on two feet like an upside down pendulum) and that it is our exploration and discovery of movement, via play, that makes children that quickest learners on the planet.  
Play is what develops our sense of safety and human connection, our "social engagement system", according to Dr. Stephen Porges'  polyvagal theory.  

As we are conditioned into the values of our culture and particularly sports culture,  this original impulse to play gets trained away from pleasure, exploration and discovery and towards performance, status ...  
We learn to attach our value as a person to how we perform.  We  come to measure ourselves against others.  We value domination and being "the best".  We think of ourselves as "good" or "bad" at sports.  We shy away from things we are "bad" at.

Feeling clumsy or unskilled - an innocent pleasure or fun challenge for improvement in early childhood - can become a badge of shame and derision when we reach school age.  If our development is slow or awkward compared with others and sports is our only cultural option for play, we may give up play altogether.    
If we win approval for being "good" at sports we are often willing to injure ourselves to win, to numb and abuse our bodies and to keep winning that approval.  We feel good about ourselves when our body performs "well" and bad when it doesn't.   This can become unconscious programmming of inner violence.

Feldy Sports offers a setting where we can return to sports as innocent play, as exploration, development, self-discovery, fun and injury free.  
It is also a setting to make sports more inclusive of, and fun for,  people of all physical abilities, body shapes and sizes, ages.

In Feldy Sports we internally choose what and how we want to explore physically, psychologically, emotionally ... in the context of the fun and exercise.  
If the game is kickball,  my "Feldy" exploration may not be in how far I can kick the ball but in how much pleasure I can feel in my body in kicking the ball and running for the base, or the fun of kicking and throwing with my less coordinated leg or arm.   Or my exploration may be to stay in touch with feeling the flow of emotions as I play ... or it may be to let myself laugh a lot ...  or to the feel of breeze and sun.   Or exploration into infinite other possibilities.
My explorations will be unique to me and my interests and may be different that what other players are exploring.  We explore together and enjoy the fun of each others company in the context of play.  Winning, performing, measuring ourselves against others -- so central to mainstream sports --  becomes just something to smile at ... just a fun part of the "pretend" of innocent, childlike playfulness. 

Playing in this way are not only nourishing our bodies physically, but making a paradigm shift from external referencing and unconscious programming to internal referencing, choiceful awareness, pleasure, growth, health, enjoyment.  

Any sport can be played Feldy style.  Feel free to start your own Feldy Sport activity and advertise it  here!
In the summer, Kevin organizes Feldy Sport kickball games where anyone who would love to recapture the feeling of childhood play, is invited for fun, exercise, and socializing.  

If you'd like to be on the email or call list to be notified of kickball games or want to organize your own events, leave send your contact info here, or contact Kevin (contact info at page bottom).