Phys Ed Trending Topics (5/14/18) – PE Central FB Group

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If you teach children from grades Preschool – 12th grade, and you’re currently not in our PE Central Facebook Group, you’re missing out on highly engaged Professional Development!  We are going to begin pulling the stats on the most engaged posts within the private group to share here, with you!  So let’s take a look at some of the topics that were heating up the gym the week of May 14th 2018.

We include the link to the posts, however you must be part of the private group in order to gain access. PE Central reserves the right to refuse, block and delete anyone from the group. If you want more information on the activities or ideas, we encourage you to comment in the section at the bottom of the blog and we will reach out to the correct person for you.

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Which Basketball is Better for My Program?

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basketball buying guide

At S&S Worldwide we sell over 200 Basketball Products, so if you’re unsure which ball is best for the needs of your program, event or activity – this guide will help you. There are many things to consider like where you will be using it, how old and the size the participants will be using the basketball and ofcourse – your budget. We are here to break down the differences of our basketballs for you based on size, material, definition and brand. Plus we’ve included a link to our favorite basketball activities from PE Central here and you shop 20% off the basketballs at S&S Worldwide, by clicking here. 

SIZES OF BASKETBALLS

Size Basketballs come in a variety of sizes and different terms are used somewhat interchangeably to describe them.
Term Size/Number Circumference / Inches Description / Uses / Ages
Official 7 29-3/4” Used for most men’s professional, recreational and high school leagues. Also used by women in some international competitions like the Olympics.
Intermediate 6 28.5” This size ball is used for most women’s professional, recreational, high school and middle school leagues. It is also often used for boys middle school leagues and games.
Junior 5 27.5” Used for elementary school aged kids.
Mini 3 22” Mainly used as a toy, not suitable for playing basketball.

easy guide for basketball sizes

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Race to the Galaxy – A Cooperative Game for PE & Active Play

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PE activity active play

I came up with the idea for Race to the Galaxy (originally named Space Colonies) after reviewing games on the PhysEdGames YouTube channel. Since I’m a huge Sci-Fi fan, I really wanted to add a space-themed activity to my cooperative games toolbelt. I basically took a hula-hoop teamwork activity, added some extra elements, and gave it a theme. Games are so much more engaging for children (and adults) when there’s a storyline or narrative behind them. This is why “imagination walks” are so much more powerful with younger students than walking around the gym doing locomotor movements.

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May Printable Fitness Challenge Calendar

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Our May Fitness Challenge Calendar is here!

We teamed up with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation to create this fitness calendar for the month of May 2018. Here is the link to the download, which is a total of pages with visuals:

Printable Fitness Calendar May 2018

May Fitness Challenge Calendar

Students are challenged each day to participate in the activities listed on the calendar. For May, kids (and parents!) can practice simple fitness exercises during the week and on weekends, plus some tennis and volleyball themed activities. Continue reading



Wall, Net and Floor Game Variations to Spike and Slam Ball Play

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Spikeball game variations

By now you’ve probably heard of and/or played games like Spikeball® or Slammo. You may have even introduced them to your PE Program or purchased a set to have at your summer camp or after school program. Besides being fun and engaging, these games can provide a challenge, even for athletic players. They are similar to volleyball – physically demanding with quick movements, hand-eye coordination, and then throw in strategy – well you’ve got yourself quite the physical activity!

Introducing different types of wall, net and floor spike games can be really rewarding for students for a number of reasons. The games are fun, fast paced, challenging AND they are relatively new – so it’s exciting! Plus, there are a number of skills that are addressed using SHAPE National Standards for K-12 from striking and volleying, to strategy and creating space. Continue reading



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