Participate in the Vanishing Bean Bags demonstrating agility, speed, and coordination during the Introductory Activity following the instructions established by the instructor.
Participate in Continuity Exercises during the fitness portion of class following the instructions established by the instructor.
Demonstrate stances and complete the Centering the Ball Task Sheet using activities demonstrated by the instructor and following instructions established by the instructor.
Participate in Speed Football demonstrating agility and cooperative skills during the game portion of class using form demonstrated by the instructor.
NATIONAL STANDARDS: 1-5
Introductory Activity (2-3 Minutes)
Vanishing Bean Bags
Every student has a beanbag they use to practice tossing and catching without moving their feet. The purpose is to teach quality tosses. On signal, they drop their beanbag and start jogging around the area. While they are moving, take away a couple of bean bags after each episode. The goal is not to be left without a beanbag,
Encourage moving under control. Avoid racing for a beanbag and reward cooperative behavior.
The goal is warm-up activity so reinforce those students who are moving over and around multiple beanbags throughout the area.
Fitness Development (8-12 Minutes)
Rope jumping—forward / 25 seconds
Double Crab Kick / 30 seconds
Rope jumping—backward / 25 seconds
Knee Touch Curl-Up / 30 seconds
Jump and turn body / 25 seconds
Push-Ups / 30 seconds
Rocker Step / 25 seconds
Bend and Twist / 30 seconds
Swing -Step forward / 25 seconds
Side Flex / 30 seconds
Free jumping / 25 seconds
Relax and stretch for a short time.
Use music segments (25 seconds) alternated with silence segments (30 seconds). When the music is playing, students jump rope; when silence occurs, students do a flexibility and strength development exercise.
Exercises can be done in two-count fashion. Exercises are done when the leader says “Ready.” The class answers “One-two” and performs a repetition.
Allow students to adjust the workload to their level. This implies resting if the rope jumping is too strenuous.
Lesson Focus (15-20 Minutes)
Stances: Students work with a partner and practice getting into the proper stance positions. When stance form is mastered, partners can practice getting into position and racing to cones five yards away.
Centering Centering involves transferring the ball, on a signal, to the quarterback. A direct snap involves placing the hands under the buttocks of the center. The ball is then lifted, rotated a quarter turn, and snapped into the hands of the quarterback.
The centering player takes a position with the feet well spread and toes pointed straight ahead. Knees are bent and close enough to the ball to reach it with a slight stretch. The right hand takes about the same grip as is used in passing. The other hand is on the side near the back of the ball and merely acts as a guide. On signal from the quarterback, the center extends the arms backward through the legs and centers the ball to the quarterback.
Offensive players often use a 3-point stance with toes pointed forward and head up. Defensive players usually use a 4-point stance with more weight on hands. The 2 point stance is also used. Have students demonstrate when you call out 2-, 3- or 4-point stance.
Instructional cues for centering include the following: 1. Reach forward for the ball. 2. Snap the ball with the dominant hand. 3. Guide the ball with the non-dominant hand.
After practicing the direct snap and center pass, use the Centering the Ball Task Sheet below with students in groups of three.
The ball can be kicked off or started at the 20-yd line. The object is to move the ball across the opponent’s goal by running or passing. If the ball drops to the ground or a player’s flag is pulled when carrying the ball, it is a turnover, and the ball is set into play at that spot. Interceptions are turnovers and the intercepting team moves on offense. Teams must make at least four complete passes before they are eligible to move across the opponent’s goal line. No blocking is allowed.
Playing more than one game at a time on smaller fields will allow more students to be actively involved in the game.
Evaluation/Review and Cheer
Review types of Stances and elements of Centering the Ball. What is the position linemen use? What muscles were used in class today?