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Balance Buster

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-Objective:

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To be the first team to get all of their Buster balls onto their stand.

-Fundamental Movement Skills:

  • Manipulative Send

    • Throw

  • Manipuulative Retain​

    • Carry​

-Equipment List:

  • 4 Balance Buster Goals

  • 24 Balance Buster paddles--two sets of 12

  • 10 Red Balance Buster balls

  • 10 Blue Balance Buster balls

  • 20 Green Balance Buster balls

  • 8-10 Foam balls

-Equipment Link:

-Setting Up:

  • Using a basketball court place both team's Balance Buster goals half ways between the centre line and the end line on either side if each team's half.

  • Players are divided into two team's and stand on their half of centre each holding their paddle.

  • Four players from each team are given a foam ball--these players are the only ones that can hold the foam balls and they do not hold a paddle.

  • Place all the Balance Buster balls along the centre line of the playing area.

-Instructions:

  • On the leader's signal to begin players with paddles pick up a ball (players may only use their paddles so some teamwork might be helpful).

  • Once a ball is on a player's paddle the player runs to one of their goals and, without the use of their hands or any other part of their body, places the ball on their goal. If at any time the ball falls off the paddle, the players immediately pick up the ball and places it on the centre line. Players who place a ball on the line cannot play that ball.

  • The eight players assigned to play the eight foam balls can only ever hold one ball at a time. These players can move anywhere on the court but can only throw at an opposition player or the opposition goal from their own half.

  • If players who are carrying a ball get hit with a foam ball, those players must pick up the ball with their hand, bring the ball to centre, and attempt to pick up another ball with their paddle.

  • If a foam ball hits the goal and knocks off some balls a player(s) must pick up all the balls and place them on the centre line.

  • Players may protect their goal and themselves by blocking a thrown foam ball with their paddle, however, if the ball hits one of these "goalies" the goalie must immediately take a ball off their goal and deposit it on the centre line.

  • Play till one team has 2-3 red balls (a total of 5), 2-3 blue balls (A total of 5) and five green balls on each goal (A total of 10).

Queestions

-Questions & Notes:

Variation:

  • Play for a pre-determined time limit and score the balls as follows:

  • 1 point for each red

  • 2 points for each blue

  • 3 points for each green

Questions for understanding?

  • Players may not hold the ball with their hands, except when returning a ball to the centre line. Are there other ways to advance the ball rather than carrying it?  What technique is useful in being successful at this alternative means?

  • What offensive strategies are helpful at achieving success in this game?

  • What defensive strategies are helpful at achieving success in this game?