Standards: Standard 1, Standard 2, Standard 3, Standard 4
In this game you will need anywhere from 2-4 different types of balls or objects that can be thrown across the gym that are soft enough to not hurt students if hit by it. You will also need two empty mesh ball bags. (one for each team) This is a game I use after teaching students the correct way to perform the overhand throw and also catching. Start the game with two teams, each on opposite sides of the gym with the balls in the middle of the gym. On your signal, students may start by picking balls up off the middle line and throwing them to the other teams side. If a ball is caught when it is thrown to the other side, the person who caught it may put it into their teams “bank”. (Bag) If the ball is NOT caught, then they have to pick it up and throw it back the other side. Teams cannot go to the other teams side of the gym, and if a ball bounces off the walls, backboard, ceiling and hasn’t hit the ground, then it can still be caught. I use gator skin dodgeballs (worth 1 point), soft trainer tennis balls (worth 2 points), and foam frisbees (worth 3 points). When there are no balls or frisbees left on the floor and they are in the teams “banks” then the game is over. Both teams add up scores based on the balls they have in their bag and then a new round is started. This lasts for many rounds where the students want to keep playing over and over again. Be sure to also tell students that they have to throw AT LEAST waist high and cannot just spike the ball, roll the ball, etc. across the middle to the other teams side. I love this game because it gets students practicing these two skills many times in a short period of time and I can also watch students who do something incorrectly (such as stepping with same foot as throwing hand) and correct/remind them the right way to throw.
In this game you will need anywhere from 2-4 different types of balls or objects that can be thrown across the gym that are soft…