Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Defending Dodgeball + Kickball to the Max

I pick to defend kickball and dodge ball but the modified version of the game like bonzi and jail ball. The games to me aren’t really about teaching physical education but more on instant action. I can have kids play this game for 10-15 minutes and teach a lesson or have them play for 30 minutes on days I want them to be extremely active. Jail ball is like dodge ball but more fun for the kids and everyone plays even if you get out. It starts with two lines near the middle of the court that have a neutral zone all the students can go into. If somebody gets hit they go to jail and have to catch a ball from their teammates who throw it to them to get them out of jail. You can make the game more interesting with having a foam football that is the ultimate get out of jail ball that lets everyone in your team’s jail get out. I love this game because everyone has fun whether you’re the less active kid in the world to the most active, everybody plays and moves around practice the skills of throwing, aiming, timing, catching, and dodging. As a future p.e. teacher I only us Rhino balls that are soft foam and half the students only throw at other students from the chest down. Even if someone where to get hit in the head they really do not hurt, I have seen my fair share of students getting hit right in the face and all of them were fine. For kickball I loved to play bonzi. It is mostly played indoors and instead of having one base runner you can have as many people that can fit onto the base. When a student rounds home they can call out BONZI and they can then go toward first. This game is for all ages and the best part is everywhere in the gymnasium is fair game. If a child kicks and just nicks the ball it’s a fair hit and they can run to first avoiding an embarrassing swing and miss in kickball. I would use the Rhino balls again because they would great and are soft. Students can only get out if they get hit from the chest down, no shoulders or head.

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