Name/Title: Obstacle Soccer

Purpose of Event: To improve students soccer dribbling, passing, and trapping skills. Secondly it enhances students self reliance, trust and independence.

Prerequisites: Practice with soccer dribbling, passing, and trapping.

Suggested Grade Level: 4-5

Materials Needed: 1 partially deflated soccer type ball; 1 cardboard cylinder or plastic bowling pin for each student; 4 cones; best played on a basketball court area.

Description of Idea

Give each student a soccer ball and one cylinder. Use partially deflated soccer balls because they are easier to control and manipulate on an indoor surface. Each student finds a space within the boundaries of the court; adjust as needed with the four traffic cones. If the students aren't dispersed evenly throughout the playing area, move some to a less congested part of the court.

The soccer ball and the cylinder are placed at the feet of each student with the cylinder standing on its end. The upright cylinders act as a maze and become the objects around which the students will maneuver their soccer balls. Over the course of the activity, challenge the students with a variety of soccer ball-handling skills, becoming progressively more difficult and limited only by the teacher's imagination. Each variation can last about 2 minutes and, depending on the desired tasks, students may work alone or with partners.

Obstacle Soccer

The Rules:

For individuals, possible 2-minute tasks are:

Once the students have been successful with individual challenges, group the class into partners. For partners, use only one ball and make the boundaries smaller for more challenge. This is done by moving the cones closer. Possible 2-minute tasks are:

This idea published with the permission of Great Activities Newspaper published by the Great Activities Publishing Co. in Durham, NC. Originally published in the May/June, 1998 (Vol. 16, Number 5) issue on pages 2-4. To learn how to subscribe to this newspaper click here.

Submitted by Neil Williams who teaches at Eastern Connecticut University in Willimantic, CT. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 9/20/2001.
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