Check out this great overhand throwing activity from PE teacher Colby Dischinger:
Overhand Throwing Activity – “Spot On”
Over the last few weeks, my primary students have been working on the concept of overhand throwing. Through various drills and lead up games (i.e. “Angry Birds” and “Spot on”), I’ve been having the students focus on their overhand form. The game I’ll be sharing with you is called “Spot On”.
During a district Elementary PE In-service, a fellow PE teacher shared a game very similar to the one I will be sharing but his game was connect to basketball. I really liked his idea and thought that I could piggyback of his idea to make it an overhand throwing activity.
After teaching and practicing overhand throwing skills correctly, my students UNLOCKED the game Spot On. Students like to “unlock” games by appropriately showing me that they can complete the skill I gave them to earn a fun game. It’s something small, but I’ve found it helps kids focus on the drill more.
The objective of Spot On is to complete an overhand throw to your partner that is standing on a poly spot. If your partner is able to catch the ball while having a foot on a spot, they can pick up the spot and run it back to your team’s home base. How many spots can your team collect?
“Spot On” Rules:
- Each team (2 people) starts at their home base (hula hoop) – when the teacher blows whistle, game begins.
- Thrower must throw the ball from behind the fence (half court line) using an overhand throw
- A poly spot may be collect IF the catcher receives the ball in the air while keeping at least one foot on the poly spot
- If a catch is made, pick up the poly spot and run it back to your home base and set it inside
- Catch or no catch, partners switch jobs after EVERY throw
“Spot On” Equipment:
The “Magic Spot”:
Another version of Spot On is called “The Magic Spot”. Same concept but students do not collect spots; rather the goal of the game is to find the magic poly spot. The teacher picks a magic spot before the game starts. When a student successfully catches a ball on a poly spot, they raise their hand to ask the teacher if that’s the spot. If you get the thumbs down, keep looking! Can your class find the magic spot?
My students really enjoyed Spot On/Magic Spot and thought it was not only great for throwing/catching game, but they were also winded from the running back and forth.
Watch the “Spot On” video:
About the Author:
Colby Dischinger received his Bachelors Degree from Indiana University and received his Masters Degree from the University of Kansas. This is his 10th year in the Shawnee Mission School District located in Overland Park, Kansas. For the first 5 years, Colby taught Special Education and is now currently wrapping up his 5th year teaching Physical Education at Overland Park Elementary. Colby is also a swim coach at Shawnee Mission East High School. Twitter page: @