Crazy Baseball


 

Crazy Baseball
 

State Standard: 1, 2, 3, & 4

Equipment: 1 bat/racquet, ball set of bases for each pair of teams (I have enough room to have 3 games going on at once, so I need 3 of everything, my gym is about 70′ X 40″) I use Polly-spots for bases and Koosh balls/paddles
Grade: 3-8
Purpose of Event: Work on baseball/softball skills, Throwing, striking, catching, running with minimal standing around
Time: 15-20 minutes
Description:

Divide into teams of  3 or 4.  One team goes to the field the other is up to bat.  I have 6 teams playing, so I always have 3 batting teams and 3 fielding teams. Remind the kids, they are only playing their batters, don’t worry about the other games going on beside you.  One fielding student needs to be at each base (if you have teams of 4, the fourth player starts at the pitching position, and after the ball is batted, covers home).  The batter pitches to them self, and then runs AROUND ALL of the bases.  (I stress running around, because I use Polly-spots as bases and their isn’t a lot of extra room.)  The runner runs around all the bases, everything is a home run.  They do not stop at any base. While the batter is running, the fielding team, gets the ball, throws it to first, then second, then third then home.  If the fielding team gets the ball “home” before the runner gets home, the batting team doesn’t get a point/run.  If the runner gets “home” before the ball, the batting team earns a point/run.  If the ball is caught, it is not an out, it has to be thrown to the bases in order, every time.  After all 3 or 4 batters have batted one time, they go to the field, and the fielding team bats.  If your teams only have 3 players, have the first base player cover home, AFTER they throw the ball to second.

I let them play for about 5 minutes and then switch the teams, so they are playing other teams.  This game rewards great throws and catches, and gets them running and moving.  The batters only are waiting for 2-3 other batters, so they aren’t in line forever and bat every inning.  Fielders always get the ball, and they all have to throw and catch.

I have also used scoops to catch with for that unit!  Really a challenge!  Have them do all of the catching/throwing/”batting” with the scoops and see how they do!

Concerns: Don’t throw the bat!  Make sure to have space between each field.  Don’t let teams purposely interfere with other games. Use soft balls, lots of action!
This idea is from: SHAPE America 2018 National Convention: Nashville, TN

 

Floor Hockey Bowling


 

Floor Hockey Bowling

State Standard1, 2, & 4

Equipment 12-20 bowling pins, 12 hockey sticks and pucks Grade: 3-5
Purpose of Event: shooting skills, and math skills
Time: 15-20 minutes
Organization: Divide the class into two teams.  Place the bowling pins systematically on one end of the court.  Three shooting lines are designated at the other end of the court.  Spots for the bowling pins can be marked by making small X’s on the floor with floor tape.

Floor Hockey Bowling: The shooting team gets the floor hockey sticks and pucks and line up on the 6-point line.  All pins knocked down count six points for their team.  The other team is at the other end of the gym.  After all shot have been made and points are tallied, the other team may pick up the pucks and set the pin back up.  The teams switch after points are totaled and the pins set up.  After both teams have shot from the 6-point line, they take turns shooting from the 4-point line and 2-point lines alternately.  Points are totaled and a winning team declared.

   **You can set up these different learning activities into centers if you would like too. **

Concerns: Move safely around the gym. Being safe the hockey sticks!!!! 
This idea is from: Myself

Hockey: Lead-up Games


 

Lead-up Games

State Standard1, 2, & 4

Equipment One hockey stick per player, One puck per game, and Cones Grade: 3-5
Purpose of Event: Stick-Handling, Shooting, Checking, Goaltending, and Teamwork
Time: 15-20 minutes
Organization: Give students a stick and have them sit down in their homes.  Explain to the students the safety precautions they need to take when playing with the sticks.  No “High Sticking”!  Tell the player we are reinforcing the hockey skills we have learned through these lead-up games.

SHOOTING SKILLS:

  1. One- on One Face-Off: (Divide the class into two equal teams and have each team stand on opposite sides of the play area, about 30 feet apart and facing each other.  Players on each team should space themselves at arm’s length.  Starting at opposite ends, have players number off.  Mark a face-off circle, 2 feet in diameter, at the middle of the play area.  To start the game, stand ready to drop the puck at the face-off circle.)  When a number is called, the two opposing players with this number face-off at the circle.  The player who gains control of the puck, either dribbles or passes it back to a teammate to earn a point for your team.  The game continues until everyone has had a turn facing off; then add the scores to determine the winner.

Variations:

  • For a large class, have more than one game going on at the same time.  Instead of dropping the puck for the face-off, have the placed on the floor between the two players, who must be outside the face-off circle.  Blow the whistle for the face-off signal.
  • Side-line Hockey: Play as for face-off game, but whoever gains control of the puck at the face-off tries to shoot it past the opposition’s side-line players, who act as goalies.
  • Pair-up Hockey: Call two or more numbers at a time, and add the rule that at least one pass must be made between the two players before attempting to score.
  • Mini-Hockey: Divide the players into groups of six.  Each group collects four cone markers and one puck.  Using the lines on the floor divide the gym into three mini-courts.)  Assign each group to a court and have them set up the goals at each end, using the cone markers.  Each group of six plays a game of three-on three in the assigned court. In your group of six, make two teams of three players.  One player of the threesome is the goalie; the other two players try to score a goal.  Change roles often or after every goal that is scored.  Remember, there is no body contact! Don’t bring your stick any higher than hip level or swing it dangerously. (Observe the play closely, watching for dangerous swinging of raising of the stick.  Take immediate action!)  On my whistle signal, immediately stop play.  Rotate to the next court and play a game of three-on-three with the new team. **You can set up these different learning activities into centers if you would like too. **
Concerns: Move safely around the gym. Being safe the hockey sticks!!!! 
This idea is from: Myself

Hockey: Passing & Receiving Skills


 

Passing and Receiving Skills

State Standard1, 2, & 4

EquipmentOne hockey stick per player, One puck per pair, One ball per pair, and Several cones Grade: 3-5
Purpose of Event: Passing technique, Receiving, Control, and Partnerwork
Time: 15-20 minutes
Organization: Give students a stick and have them sit down in their homes. Explain to the students the safety precautions they need to take when playing with the sticks.  No “High Sticking”!  Have players find a partner.  Each pair gets one puck and stands ten feet apart.

Passing & Receiving Skills:

  1. Passing Technique: Keep your stick blade upright and use a smooth sweeping motion.  Try not to raise the stick above your waist in the back swing or when swinging it forward.  
  2. Receiving technique: Watch the puck.  Tilt your stick blade over the puck to trap it.  Cushion the pass by allowing your stick blade to “give” at the moment of impact.
  3. Practice:
  • While standing still, pass the puck to your partner.  Concentrate on passing the puck directly into your partner’s stick.  Receivers, field the puck first, get it under control, and then pass it back to your partner.
  • While standing still, pass the puck to your partner, who is on the move; your partner stops the puck and passes it back you while you are on the move.
  • Can you and your partner both move while passing the puck back and forth?  (Make sure to “Lead” the pass.
  1. Passing Shuttle Relay: (Form teams of four to six players, each team in shuttle formation facing the other half about 30 feet apart.  Each first player of one line has a puck.  Mark a passing point for each half.)  Each player in turn, dribble the puck forward to the passing line; then pass it to the opposite file player, who fields the puck and repeats the action.
  2. Wall Passing: Taking turns with your partner hitting a puck against a wall: one partner, hit the puck; the second partner, receive the rebound and hit the puck back again.  Begin close to the wall; then gradually move farther away.

 

Variations: You can set up these different learning activities into centers if you would like too. 

Concerns: Move safely around the gym. Being safe the hockey sticks!!!! 
This idea is from: Myself

Stick Handling Skills


 

Stick Handling Skills

State Standard1, 2, & 4

Equipment: Several large mats, scooters, tag sticks, & poly spots.  Grade: K-3
Purpose of Event: Hopping, Leaping, Manipulation, Aerobic Fitness & Spatial Awareness
Time: 15-20 minutes
Organization: Give students a stick and have them sit down in their homes.  Explain to the students the safety precautions they need to take when playing with the sticks.  No High Sticking!  Have the students first practice these skills at their homes spaces.

Stick Handling Skills:

  1. Grip Technique: Place one hand at the top of the stick and the other hand 6-8 inches below it.  Now reverse hand and repeat.  Which position feels most comfortable to you?
  2. Ready Position: Holding the stick with both hands, let the edge of the blade of the stick rest on the floor.  Bend your knees slightly.
  3. Holding the stick on the run: Hold your stick in both hands with the blade as low to the floor as possible.  Keep your knees bent and your back straight, and look up.  Keep the stick below hip level; otherwise, you are “high-sticking,” which is dangerous.
  4. Practice holding the stick this way while running straight ahead, in a zig-zag, slowly, quickly.  Keep your head up, watch where you are going, and run to empty spaces.
  1. Carry the Puck: Move the puck along the floor so that it always stays in contact with the blade, on the same side only.
  2. Stick-Handling Technique “Dribbling”: Use this technique to control the puck when you change direction.  Move the puck in front of you rather than to your side. Try to feel the puck on your stick by using short taps.
  3. Practice:
  • Carry the puck with your stick around the playing area.  Change directions frequently.
  • Dribble your puck along a line on the floor with good control.
  • Can you push the puck on your forehand going forward and pull the puck toward you with your backhand as you go backwards?
  • When the whistle blows once, stop in ready position.  The puck should be touching the blade of your stick.  When I blow the whistle again, continue dribbling the puck.
  1. Shuttle-Stick Relay: Form teams of four to six players, each team in shuttle formation facing the other half about 30 feet apart.  Each first player of one line has a puck.  The first player in line, stick-handle the puck across to the first player of the opposite file, leave the puck for this player, who then repeats your action, and go to the end of the line.
  2. Zig-Zag Relay: Form lines of four players behind a starting line at one end of the court.  Place a row of four cones spaced two meters apart.  On go, each player in turn stick-handle a puck through the cones, around the end cone, and directly back to the line to give the puck to the next player in line.  Relay ends when everyone has had three turns.

Square–Box Hockey: (Form four teams with an even number of players on each team.  Have each team stand on one side of a 30-foot square.  Each team numbers off.)  When a number is called, all players with that number, run to the middle, dribble a puck out of the middle, through the spot just vacated, CCW around the square, and back through your vacant spot to place the puck back in the middle.  

Variations: You can set up these different learning activities into centers if you would like too. 

Concerns: Move safely around the gym. Being safe the hockey sticks!!!! 
This idea is from: Myself

Mega-Goal Hockey

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Mega-Goal Hockey

State Standard: 1, 2, 3, 4

Equipment: Hockey Sticks & 6 Hockey Nets (Goals) Grade: 3-5
Purpose of Event:  Stick and Puck Manipulation, Control, Shooting Technique, & Teamwork
Time: 15- 20 minutes
Organization: Set-up 6 nets and put all the fleece balls and tennis balls in the middle. Students are separated into groups evenly at each one of the six nets.

Introduction:  A student from each goal runs to the middle (with their hockey stick) and dribbles a ball back to their goal and attempts a shot (trying to score a goal). If the student makes their goal;  the ball stays in their teams goal. If they miss; the student must dribble the ball (hockey stick) back to the middle. They then run back hand their hockey stick to the next teammate in line who repeats the same activity as their teammates in order to score a goal for their team. After each round count how many goals were made and start again. Then have team rotate to practice at different goals.

Variations: Instead of having just one student from each team have a hockey stick (with older students) have each player at each goal have their own hockey stick. On the signal, ALL students from each goal run to the middle and dribble a ball (with hockey stick) and attempt a shot at their teams goal.

Concerns: Move safely around the gym. Making sure students are not “high-sticking.” If playing with all students with a hockey stick make sure students are be aware of who is around them when they shoot to score.
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Sticks & Gladiators

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Sticks & Gladiators

State Standard: 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
Equipment: Several Foam Pins (taped w/ different colors), 6-7 mats (lying on the floor folded), several gator skin balls, and jerseys Grade: 3-5
Purpose of Event: Demonstrate throwing at a stationary target while students (gladiators) block the ball with a long-handled implement.  
Time: 15-20 minutes
Set-up:

Put 6-7 folded mats side-by-side on the middle of the half court line. Next set-up several foam pins (alternating colors) on the mats spaced-out evenly. I put yellow and green tape on my pins to distinguish whose pins are whose.

Description:

Students will be throwing a ball at the other team’s colored pins. For instance, team yellow (jerseys) will be throwing their ball at the green pins; while team green (wearing jersey) will be throwing their ball at the yellow pins. They are to be standing between marked lines on the back of the gym. Those students who are the “gladiators” will be using a long-handled implement/racquet to block the ball’s being thrown at the pins. The gladiators are on their own team. I usually let the game go for 2-3 minutes. After the time limit is up; if there is more of one color pin standing up that team wins. Then we rotate “gladiators” and the game begins again. Variations: Have the “gladiators” be on one of the teams who are throwing the ball and protect their teams pins.

Rules:

Students who are throwing may NOT cross the back baseline when throwing their ball. The gladiators are NOT allowed to touch a ball with their hands! They must only use the racquet.Concerns: Move safely in general space. Being aware of where the students are swinging the racquets. This idea is from: