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Name of Activity:

Walk your Dog

Purpose of Activity:

To demonstrate dribbling forward using a long handled implement (pillo polo stick).

Activity cues:

1. GRIP: Hands apart with your least favorite hand (the one you don’t write with) holding the top of the pillo polo stick. Your favorite hand grips the hockey stick about a foot below that hand. 2. Use “soft taps” when striking the ball. This will keep the ball close to you. 3. Bend knees. 4. Use both sides of the stick to control the ball. *Another idea for teaching students how to grip the stick is “make your arms like alligator jaws on the stick, and then slide your hands apart”.


Students should have been introduced to striking with a long handled implement activity cues and given time to practice.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

1. One pillo polo stick for each student. 2. Various sized balls (one per student). 3. Obstacles scattered in the activity area. 4. Six cones to establish a “Dog Pound” area.

Description of Idea

1.Review activity cues for dribbling forward using a long handled implement.
2.Explanation—You are going to pick a dog (ball) and take it for a walk. When you hear “yellow light”, walk your dog slowly. When you hear “green light”, jog with your dog. When you hear “red light”, stop your dog my making it sit (stop ball).
3.Play in two rounds.

ROUND 1—Practice walking, jogging, and stopping their dogs.
ROUND 2—The teacher becomes a “Dog Catcher” and walks around the gym with a pillo polo stick. The “Dog Catcher” tries to capture any stray dogs (balls that are too far from the student) and takes them to the Dog Pound. Students should dribble away or change directions when they see the “Dog Catcher” coming. If the “Dog Catcher” does get a dog, the owner can try to get the dog back before the “Dog Catcher” reaches the Dog Pound. Once the dog is in the Dog Pound, the “dogless” owner helps the “Dog Catcher” capture stray dogs.

Assessment Ideas:

Group questions at the end. Allow all students to answer together.
1. How many hands do you put on a pillo polo stick to keep control?
2. Should your hands be together or apart?
3. What is it called when you gently tap the ball from side to side, close to your body?
4. When the dog catcher came near you, did you move the dog to the other side of the stick to protect the dog?

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Submitted by Tess Armstrong who teaches at Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 3/3/2010.

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Karen R. Bonfield

The little ones love this game! I also scatter frisbees on the floor so the students can bring the dogs to get a "drink" (they are safe at that time). I also turn a bin on its side and tell them to "bring the dogs to the doghouse". I have the "dogcatcher" wait at the "pound" (large hoop)while the students walk their dogs and then say "here comes the dogcatcher!!!" They Scream!!!

Walk your Dog