Partner Throws

Partner Throws

Age: 
3-5 years, 5-8 years, 8+ years
Participants: 
2 - 20
Time: 
5-10 minutes
Setting: 
School
Cones , Balls , Volleyball nets (optional)
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Skills

Set Up:

  • Set up a line of cones side-by-side about 1 metre apart.
  • Set up another line of cones facing the others about 5 meters away.
  • Use volleyball net as a divider between the two lines (optional).

 

Description:

  • Before starting demonstrate how to throw and catch.
  • Children stand opposite their partner.
  • One partner throws a tennis ball or other ball over the net to the other.
  • Catchers may move their cone back 1 foot if they catch the ball without a drop.

 

Ask children questions:

  • What makes the ball go higher?
  • What makes the ball go further?

 

Variations:

  • Use a variety of balls
  • Throw with crow-hop
  • One partner rolls the ball, other partner fields and throws back

 

Teaching Points:

Throwing

  • Ready: stand side-on to target like a surfer
  • Aim: make a muscle man (throwing arm bent up above shoulder), point non-throwing arm at target
  • Fire: step forward with opposite foot and throw

Catching

  • Watch the ball
  • Soft fingers, big hands
  • Thumbs together and up (butterfly hands) for balls above waist and fingers pointing down (wriggly worms) for balls below waist
  • Reach out for the ball and catch with two hands