CAPTURE THE FOOTBALLS
Grades: 1-2(lesson) 3-6 (warm-up) Unit: Target Games Date: Anytime
Belts and flags, Footballs in buckets, pylons around the bucket of footballs, pylons to separate the field in two, hula hoop for jail
Explanation of Game:
Capture the Footballs. All players must wear belts with 2 flags. Like Capture the Flag, if your flag is stolen while in your opponents’ territory, you go to jail. One of your teammates must grab a hold of your hand in jail to free you. (In this game, your teammate may free 2 people out of jail, one for each arm). Each team starts with roughly 10 footballs in their treasure to start the game. Object of the game is to steal as many or all of the footballs from the other team. Once you have a football, you may run with the football. However, you may not run the football past the dividing or center line. The ball must be thrown over the line and successfully caught by one of your teammates. If the ball is not caught, you must return the football to its rightful owner. The opponent may not defend or intercept a pass, they may only steal flags.
*I add a circle of pylons around the treasure (bucket of footballs) to prevent “puppy guarding.”
Discuss an appropriate distance that students should be throwing from.
Change the object being rolled to make it more challenging. Change the distance student roll from. A variation of the game is that students in the treasure area are the quarterbacks and must successfully complete a pass to someone on their team and then their teammate attempts to run back to their side without a flag being stolen.
Learning Activities/Teaching Strategies:
Bending knees, stepping with opposite foot, full extension with rolling/throwing arm