Name/Title: The Line Game

Suggested Grade Level: 6-8

Materials Needed: Gym floor with multiple, overlapping floor markings (i.e. basketball & volleyball courts)

Description of Idea

Quickly divide the class into 2 teams placing each team at opposite ends of the gym. Each team has the same goal of moving their entire team from 1 side of the gym to the other. They do this by traveling along lines only! Lines must connect, no jumping from line to line.

Both teams start simultaneously and move as individuals towards each other. Once a student passes the mid-court line they are only allowed to move forward or side-to-side. On their own side they may move in any direction.

The mid-court line is neutral and all students are safe there. However, on the opposing side if a student's path is "blocked" they must step off to the side and go back and start again. A student is never out of the game until they have successfully crossed to the other side. First team to have all its members on the opposite side is congratulated and you can play again if you wish.


Vary the locomotor pattern to be used each game.

Submitted by Jim Cawley who teaches at Thompson Middle School in Newport, RI. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 10/22/2006.
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