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ERIC Number: EJ900991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Tactical Speedball
Gubacs-Collins, Klara
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v23 n5 p10-15 May-Jun 2010
Virtually all conscientious teachers in the field of physical education aim to enhance the quality of their classes by introducing both content and approach innovations into their gymnasiums and classrooms, because the "same old stuff" just won't help achieve the goal of creating and maintaining an interest in the topic. Thus, one way to strengthen the physical education curriculum is to "re-introduce" the game of speedball using a non-traditional tactical approach to teaching. Speedball, which has been referred to as the "oldest new game around," is attributed to Elmer D. Mitchell at the University of Michigan in 1921, and the rules regarding advancement of the ball, scoring, position play, equipment, playing area, and violations have changed very little since their origin. The similarities between speedball and soccer, football, or basketball make learning the game effortless for most students and incorporating the game into the curriculum relatively painless. The basic premise of all these games is for one team to maintain possession of the ball and advance it to the opponent's designated goal with the intention of scoring by throwing, running, or kicking the ball into a goal, basket or end zone area. Consequently the game provides an opportunity to practice and reinforce the teaching of a diverse range of skills and tactics previously learned in other units. In the current college-level sport-activity classes, the author uses a combination of soccer, basketball, football, and team handball to teach speedball. Because speedball is an invasion game which allows significant flexibility to the physical education teacher, it can serve as an introductory unit for any invasion game curriculum or a closing unit in which students can apply what they have learned in previous units. Game rules can be modified depending upon current instructional needs. While speedball can incorporate various sport elements, there are certain universal rules and terminology specific to speedball. This article explains the most important rules and terminology of the game and describes a "tactical approach" to teaching speedball. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A