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Examples of Physical Education Rules

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The following are rules that physical educators have submitted to PE Central. PE Central does not endorse or suggest using any of these rules in your classroom. They are put forth so other teachers can see what others are using and therefore it may be helpful to use some of these ideas in your own classroom. It is best to formulate your own rules and consequences based on your expectations, students, and situation. We sincerely appreciate those who have submitted their ideas.

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Freeze Up: stop, look at the teacher, mouth closed, eyes and ears open.     

Move Under Control: not running into anyone or anything.     

Get Equipment: one at a time, politely (explaining and demonstrating what politely means), and carefully.     

Reminder For Any Cue: "What am I looking for?"     

Always praise the students' good work as you help them at the beginning of the year, and during periodical "refresher courses" (i.e., after holidays, other breaks, etc.). 

Wayne Herninko

Norwood School

Bethesda, MD


Wear gym shoes

Respect your self and others

Move carefully

Use equipment with care

Larry Satchwell


Try your hardest

Be nice to each other

Steve Arnold

Westridge Elementary

Lake Oswego, OR

In my 23 years of teaching elementary PE, I have found that pretty much everything can be handled within these two rules.

Listen and Do

Hands off

Be careful

On Whistle/Freeze


Rob Matthews

Pleasant Valley School

Peoria, IL

These rules are not originals. I got them from a book purchased at a convention. I like them because they are short and sweet.

How the rules are used: During the first month of school, rules are frequently reviewed. Students are asked to tell what the rules are and what they mean. Rules are included on two tests for 5-8 graders. When 4-8 graders violate the rules, they have a paper to fill out explaining which rule they broke, why the rule is important, and how they will avoid violating the rule in the future.


R - Right to learn

E - Effort

S - Safety

P - Purpose

E - Enthusiasm

C - Challenge

T - Trust/Team Building

Nancy Gordon

We start out the year with the word RESPECT. We involve students in a meaningful discussion related to each letter during the first week of school and also put the word in our newsletters and communications home. For years we used to list ten or more rules -- this works much better and is very easy to remember.

A - Act safely

B - Be prepared and be positive.

C - Cooperate

D - Do your best

Have Fun - Work Hard - Learn

Kent Kuelper

Spring Hill Elementary School

Anchorage School District

Anchorage, Alaska

For 18 years, all at the elementary level, these ABCD guidelines and the motto have served me well.

Be a good listener

Always follow directions

Treat others with respect

Use equipment correctly

Always try your best

Mark Searles

Momet Elementary School

Plattsburgh, NY

I explain each rule in some detail, the older the students the more detail they get. For example, Being a good listener means: eyes on the speaker, hands quiet, voices quiet, and raise your hand to speak.

Follow directions

Actively listen when a teacher is talking

Respect others

Keep your hands and feet to yourself


Gower West School

Willowbrook, IL

We believe in using a few simple rules that can cover any situation. These rules are sent to all parents at the beginning of the school year.


* Yourself (By working hard and safely every day to improve your fitness level)

* Others (Always encourage, never put down)

* Equipment (By using it for intended purposes)

Jeff Leer

Central Elementary School

Sedro-Wooley, WA

These are my posted rules. I haven't found anything I couldn't somehow relate to these rules.

Always try your best.

If someone in class is having trouble, HELP instead of laughing.

The equipment belongs to all of us - let's take care of it!

Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.

When the teacher or your classmates are talking, you are not.

Chuck McNevich

Carver Elementary

Lexington Park, MD


Find a spot and get ready for activity.

Be kind to others.

Know when to talk.

Participate for the entire activity.

Follow all directions.

Bryan Walker


Walk into the gym and sit on your number and listen for instructions

Be kind and courteous to teammates and opponents

Use words to discuss any disputes. If unsettled get the teacher involved.

Stop any activity when you hear the signal.

Exit the gym from your number and be ready to resume classroom activity

Kathleen Leadley

Wilder Elementary School

Green Bay, WI

Consequences to the violation of the rules:

A violation of the above rules the student receives an "S", a warning. A second violation receives an "I" and the third warrants a "T". SIT. The student will sit out of activity a certain amount of time until they can verbalize to me how they will come back to activity ready to learn. This is for one period of instruction. The letters are erased and the students starts over the next period. I have these rules typed and if constant rule breaking continues period after period, a note goes home with the rules listed. The parents are asked to review with the student the rules, sign the sheet and they then can come back to class. Actually the parents receive a list of the rules and expectations at the beginning of the year.

I am a middle school and an elementary teacher. I use the same rules for both schools. Don Hellison's methods work best for me. At the elementary level the art teacher made me a beautiful totem pole where I have the behavior levels posted. At the middle school level I have the behaviors written on a drawn stairway.

1. Bottom of the totem pole/basement is below the line behavior

2. Second face on pole/1st step on stairway is self-control

3. Third face on pole/2nd step is participation

4. Fourth face on pole/3rd step is self-directed learners

5. Fifth face on pole/4th step is kind and caring

During the first couple of weeks of school we discuss the behavior levels at the beginning of class. Every quarter, I have the students assess their own behavior. I send this assessment home to parents. I have been doing this for 3 years.

Hilary Nichols, Roselawn Elemenatary, Chetek, WI

EYES watching

EARS listening

MOUTH quiet

HANDS to yourself

BRAIN thinking

RESPECT others

USE equipment correctly

SAFETY - Stop , look and listen

Gerry Cernicky

Allegheny/Hyde Park Elementary

Leechburg, PA


When others TALK, we LISTEN

We show good SPORTSMANSHIP and ENCOURAGE one another

We RESPECT each other

We take CARE of OUR equipment

We ALWAYS try our BEST and LEARN

Joe Nardino

Indian Fields Elementary School

South Brunswick, NJ


Stop, look, and listen when whistle blows.

Demonstrate good sportsmanship.

Be responsible for gym equipment.


Joe Paslov

Luis Munoz Marin School

Bridgeport, CT


1. Praise.

2. Recreation day.

3. Awards.


1. Time out.

2. "F" for the day.

3. Letter home.

4. Referral to administrator.

Respect yourself, others and the environment.
Win without boasting
Lose without blaming.

High fives before you leave.
Lorraine Simbala and Tracy Radler
Parkway Elementary School
Ewing, NJ
P. E. A. C. E.

P - Protect P. E. Equipment
E - Enter and Exit Quietly
A - Attention:  Follow Directions the First Time
C - Cooperation: Work Well With Others
E - Esteem:  Respect Others

Mike Vaughn and Bonnie Richardson

Hanes Elementary School

Irving, TX


If any of these rules are broken during a P. E. class period, the student is issued a behavior ticket.  Behavior tickets count against their conduct grade.






Thomas P. Craddock Elementary School P.E. Rules

Grades 2-4

Aurora, Ohio

These are very broad but they, for the most part, cover all that can happen in a Physical Education Class. Our students created these rules and do a great job obeying the rules.

1. On stop signal: equipment down, eyes on teacher.
2. Move carefully at all times.
3. Be kind to classmates and teachers.
4. Listen carefully and follow directions.
5. Use inside voices. No need to scream.
6. Be a good sport.
7. Come dressed to move. Sneakers are best.

Mark Manross

PE Central

Blacksburg, VA

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Cooperation: Use teamwork and show good sportsmanship
Hands: Keep hands and body parts to ourselves
Attention: Enter and exit with a quiet body and voice
Motivate: Get excited to learn, exercise and have fun
Prepared: Always wear sneakers and proper clothes
Involvement: Always participate and give best effort
Others: Respect the teacher, environment and your classmates
Noise: Quiet and freeze when the music stops or whistle is blown

Matthew Randal

East Brunswick, NJ

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