We believe that Recess is a great opportunity for students to learn life skills that are just as valuable as the lessons taught in the classroom. During a Trail Blazers Recess, trained coaches help students make the most of this time by facilitating games and group play, leading meaningful transitions in and out of the school yard, and helping students practice skills in conflict resolution, communication, and teamwork – skills that are valuable in the classroom and for life!

Free play is a time for kids to develop skills that complement and support classroom learning – skills such as communication, cooperation, self-management, and conflict resolution. Skills that contribute to long-term thriving in life.


Our Recess coaches are trained to intervene when students need support, whether they are tackling a difficult task or working out a problem with a peer. Coaches don’t solve problems for students but rather focus on teaching them conflict resolution and social-emotional skills and allowing them a safe, guided space to put those skills into practice.

Every Trail Blazers Recess starts and ends with a guided transition, including a fun energizer at the beginning and wrapping up with a calming routine before heading back to the classroom. By providing consistent, intentional transitions into the classroom, students are settled and ready to work more quickly, leading to increased instructional time.

Students choose how the want to spend their time and they move between any activity they choose – because free time should be truly free!


Recess coaches facilitate Play Stations throughout the court yard, giving students opportunities to choose the activity they want to participate in. While specific activities are ultimately decided by the interests and needs of the students, a typical Recess program will offer an organized sport such as soccer or basketball, an organized large group game, and a free play area with hula hoops, balls, chalk, and other outdoor equipment. 

The cost of a TBCRecess varies depending on the size of your school and the number of students who participate.

To inquire about bringing Trail Blazers Recess to your school and to schedule a consultation, contact registration@trailblazers.org


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