9 years and older
Adapted games for developing basic skills for ballgames (basketball, football and others) such as passing, marking, defending, etc.
The game requires one ball for two teams of four to six players each that will play against each other.The goal is to score a point by making five passes (or more) without the other team intercepting the ball or the ball being dropped. When a point has been scored the ball is passed to the other team. If the ball is dropped, the number of passes starts from zero again and the ball is passed to the other team. If team A intercepts the ball, team B stops counting and team A wins the ball.
- no walking or running with the ball;
- no touching or hitting the other players (no physical contact);
- no passing the ball to the same player twice.
Progression: to increase the level of difficulty the play area can be made larger or the number of passes increased in order to score a point
Psychosocial: to develop cooperation, honesty, communication and non-violence through respect for the other. The quality of the game improves quickly if the players talk to each other and work together.
Physical: to practise endurance, passing, marking, peripheral vision, etc.
The animator must be very present at the beginning to correct issues such as passes, defence, marking, etc. He should insist on strong communication (e.g. calling the name of a player before passing the ball).
The animator referees at the beginning after which he leaves it up to the players to self-arbitrate. This will develop honesty and personal responsibility.
This game needs to be practised several times before the children under- stand the basic moves which will improve the quality of the whole game.
If there are four teams of four to six players, make smaller play areas. Have everyone play at the same time and change the teams around every five minutes.
To make the game more cooperative, the following rules can be added: the point only counts (or counts double) if all players in the team have touched the ball.The players can also be joined in pairs (loosely tied at the ankles, knees or hips) and play in the same way but in pairs.
- What was your strategy for scoring points and preventing the other team from scoring?
- Did everyone respect the rules? Can you explain?
- What do you think of the rule that the points only count if everyone has touched the ball?
- What other rules could be intro- duced to increase cooperation?
- Do you find self-arbitration difficult? Can you explain?
- How does this game help you to practise for ball games?