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Nasco Physical Education Free Activities / Lesson Plans
Featured below are great activities for you to use with your students or group. They were originally presented by Curt Hinson, PhD, Kinesiologist, and are presented here with his permission. Dr. Hinson and Nasco hope you will enjoy and use the ideas in your work to improve the health and fitness of children.
Two-Base Kickball
Objectives: Kicking; throwing; catching; running; teamwork.
Equipment: Two rubber bases; two cones (markers); one rubber playground ball.
How to Play: Divide the group into teams of four. The fielding team has one pitcher, one catcher and two fielders. The other team has four kickers. One base is considered “home base” and the other base is “first base.” The bases should be about 30 to 50 feet apart. The cones are used as foul/fair markers and should be set up about 20 feet in front of the home base and about 30 feet apart. The game begins with the pitcher rolling the ball to the first kicker, who kicks the ball between the two cones. A kicked ball that doesn’t go between the two cones is a foul ball. After kicking the ball, the kicker runs to first base. He or she may stay there or try to make it to back to home base. The fielding team retrieves the kicked ball and attempts to get the runner “out.” The only way to get a runner out is to touch the base they are running to with the ball. If the fielding team retrieves the kicked ball and touches first base before the runner gets there, the runner is out. If the runner gets to the base first, he/she is safe. If the runner stops at first base prior to the ball getting there, he/she is safe, and can remain on the base until the next kick. When the next kicker kicks the ball, the fielding team can either get the runner out going to the home base or the runner going to first base, whichever they prefer. Once a runner makes it back to home base a point is scored. All plays are “force” plays on a base. There is no tagging of runners or throwing the ball at runners. Once a runner makes it back to home base a point is scored. All plays are “force” plays on a base. There is no tagging of runners or throwing the ball at runners. Once a runner leaves first base, he/she cannot go back. When the ball is kicked, any runner on first base must run to home base, as he/she is forced. Each team gets three outs when kicking.
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The activities presented here are suggestions. When selecting activities for your program, you may need to change or modify them to make them more developmentally appropriate for your situation. Use these activities at your own risk, and at your own discretion, making sure to take all safety precautions into account.
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