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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Offense-Defense
Students should be able to throw to a moving target, catch while moving, and defend a single person. Students should also be able to run pass patterns and communicate these patterns with a partner.
Purpose of Activity:
Defending a receiver and catching a football while being defended. Activity cues: Defender: Watch the receivers bellybutton, keep feet moving. Receiver: Faking (lean one way, go the other or use head bob). Thrower: Anticipate pass route and throw to a spot.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
A playing field; one football for every three students; cones for students to mark fields;
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

The objective of the activity is for students to work with their quarterback/ receiver to earn as many points as possible. Defenders will attempt to secure their own points. Each student keeps track of his or her own points (although does not have to be used).

After warming up, students get into groups of 3 or are assigned groups by the teacher posting on a wall. Groups get cones to mark their field, choose an area on the field, and place their cones.

One student will be the quarterback, another will be the receiver, and the third will be the defender. After each "play", students will rotate positions. (I rotate them in the following manner: quarterback to receiver, receiver to defender, defender to quarterback.)
For a completed pass the quarterback and receiver will receive 2 points. Should the defender knock the ball away, he/she will receive 1 point. If the defender intercepts the pass, he/she will receive 3 points. A dropped or missed pass does not earn points for the defender.

Students will be allowed to run any "play" they wish providing they use the pass patterns previously introduced or a variation thereof (i.e. square out or a square out and up). For more skilled students, have the quarterbacks throw while moving to the right or left. Defenders will back peddle to read receiver/ quarterback and hopefully break with the receiver. Defenders are not allowed to touch receivers. To prevent students from waiting for the defender to tire or for pattern break down, a time limit may be introduced. The quarterback must throw the ball in a certain amount of time (i.e. 5 or 7 seconds). Quarterback will count out time. In this situation, the defender may earn points for not allowing a pass to be thrown.


A variation to this may be to participate in groups of 5 using 2 receivers and two defenders with the quarterback.

Assessment Ideas:

Defender will watch the receivers trunk

Receiver will use head fake

Thrower will throw the ball to a spot before the receiver looks for the ball

Have each student draw three pass patterns they used

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Students may participate in a group of 4. Depending on the disability, the student may participate in the quarterback position and assist with play selection after rotating out of the quarterback position. If capable, allow the student to run patterns against a token defense.
Scott Bahantka who teaches at Addison Jr.- Sr. High School in Addison , NY . Posted on PEC: 1/10/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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