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ERIC Number: EJ1056850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
"The Greatest Game Ever": Swatball
Swartz, Daniel R.; Rauschenbach, Jim
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v26 n5 p36-38 2013
The guidance document "Teaching Large Class Sizes in Physical Education" (NASPE, 2006) suggests incorporating small group work by putting students into small groups to work on a concept, skill, and/or task and using small-sided games that utilize a smaller number of players and a smaller playing area than those of a regulation game. It also suggests the use of peer teaching/coaching teaching strategies where students help one another by completing peer assessment tools. The game of Swatball is appropriate for middle and high school students. Standard 1 of the National Standards for Physical Education states that students should "demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities" (NASPE, 2004, p. 11). The expectations for students in grades 6 through 8 are that they achieve maturity in the basic skills of more specialized sports and that they use these skills successfully in modified games or activities of increasing complexity. Swatball is an excellent remedy for the issues related to large class sizes. Swatball generates high-activity time even with very large classes, is appropriate for a class of students with diverse skill levels, and is a great cardiovascular fitness activity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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Language: English
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