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Benchball

Benchball

Children will learn how to play the game of benchball and some of the basic passing and movement skills required to play it effectively

Activity 1:

Timebomb

10 mins

Method:

  1. Mark out an area approximately 15m x 15m depending on group size
  2. You'll want approximately 25% of the group to start with a ball or 'timebomb'
  3. Everyone starts the game with 5 lives
  4. When the game starts, players with a timebomb have to try and get rid of their timebomb by asking someone else to take it from them
  5. If you don't have a timebomb you should move to try and get away from children with a timebomb
  6. After a random amount of time - approx 60 seconds - blow the whistle. This indicated that the bombs have exploded. Everyone should freeze at this point
  7. Players with a timebomb when the time is up lose a life, anyone without a timebomb gains an extra life
  8. The winner is the player with the most lives at the end

Teaching Points:

  • Social - you have to communicate with others in the group in order to give the timebomb to someone else
  • Spacial awareness - find spaces to try and avoid being found by the timebombs

Equipment:

Markers, Balls

Piggy in the Middle

Activity 2:

10 mins

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Activity 3:

5 Passes Game

10mins

Method:

  1. Set up a playing area using some markers, the area needs to be big enough for 2 teams of approximately 5 players to have space to move and pass

  2. Pick teams of between 4-6 players. Have multiple pitches if needed.

  3. 2 teams play against one another

  4. The aim is to keep posession and complete 5 consecutive, successful passes to score a point.

  5. Posession is given to the opponents if:

  6. An opposing player touches or intercepts the ball

  7. The ball goes out of the playing area

  8. (Netball/Basketball/Cricket - if the ball is dropped by the receiver)

  9. A team completes the 5 passes and scores a point

  10. When a team has scored 3 points, they should then have to make 10 successful passes to score a point.


You may notice during this game - particularly in a PE lesson - that some players find it difficult to get involved. This is often down to a lack of good movement into spaces, poor communication or children only passing to their friends or players they trust. This is a good game to highlight some of these issues to help players and teams play better.

Teaching Points:

  • Move into space when your team has posession
  • Make passes where a pass is available
  • out of Posession, look to close down opponents and apply pressure. Work as a team to both press and mark players

Equipment:

  • Bibs

  • Ball

  • Markers

Activity 4:

Benchball

20 mins

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