My name is Kalie Schult and I am a PE teacher from Winterse, Iowa. I posted a video of my students playing Strikerball on Twitter for my striking unit in PE and it was a hit! Below I have shared the instructions and a video of the students in action.
Grade Level: K-8
Strikerball has turned into a PE favorite with my students during our striking unit. With simple rules and limited set up it can be played in any gym and be set up quickly. Strikerball is a continuous game that works on many aspects such as:
- Defensive Position
- Reaction Time
- Strategic Play
Use cones to create a circle. I like to use 6-8 cones per circle and have the cones space about three feet apart. The size of the circle can be adaptive to fit the needs of your students.
— Kalie Schult (@kkirchhoff_pe) January 7, 2019
How to Play:
- Each student stands in the “goals” (spaces) of the cones. One student per goal.
- Each student must stay inside of their goal. They cannot move freely within the circle.
- The game begins with one student striking the ball with the palm of their hand. They are called the server. The server cannot serve at the players to their immediate right or left.
- If the ball enters the students goal area they must strike the ball immediately with their hands. The ball can never be kicked, stopped, or picked up with hands.
- To score a point, a student must strike the dodgeball through the players cones.
- When a point is scored, the player that scored must go and retrieve the ball.
- The player that was the server now gives the player to their right to start the game with a serve.
I have seen lots of variations of this game on Twitter. It is great to see the #physed community implementing new ways to play this game at all age levels!
Other PE Teachers Who Have Tried Strikerball
— Bo Phillips (@BoPhillips10) April 4, 2018
— Fort Belvoir Primary Health & P.E. (@belvoir_pe) March 28, 2019
— Bart Jones, MS (@exercys) April 2, 2018
About the Author:
My name is Kalie Schult and I am in my fifth year of teaching physical education. I graduated from Simpson College in 2014 majoring in K-12 PE/Health with a minor in coaching. My first teaching job was in south central Iowa at Earlham Elementary School where I taught PK-6th grade PE/Health for two years. Currently, I am in the Winterset Community School District as a K-3 PE teacher. I am always striving to enhance my curriculum to create a positive learning environment for my students. I want those positive experiences to lead to physical literate HMMMMM students that lead to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Feel free to follow me on Twitter (@kkirchhoff_pe) to get a glimpse into my classroom!