Skill: Discipline
Drill: Dodgeball Freeze
Equipment needed: Many Dodge balls
Instructors needed: A few to play and monitor
Description: The students will be challenged to practice their discipline by being interrupted while playing a fun game. The goal is to have great self-discipline by stopping yourself before throwing your ball when you hear the instructor.
Teaching SKILLZ:
INTRINSIC MOTIVATION – The instructor can tell the students that the student’s parents will get really happy if they see them be first time listeners, and their parents will be proud if they are able to freeze as fast as they can when they are supposed to. This age group seeks praise from their parents, so this will intrinsically motivate the students to be a good first time listener.
RESPONSE INHIBITION – The students, when told to freeze, must freeze immediately, even if they want to throw a dodgeball or keep playing. This works on their ability to follow directions and complete a task despite distractions around them.
Step 1
Divide your class into one large group.
Step 2 – Setting Up the Drill:
Instructors will be on one side of the mat and the students on the other side.
Step 3 – Explain the Rules:
  • When you say: “go” they will play dodge ball.
  • When you say: “freeze” they must all sit and hold their ball.
  • The goal is to show great discipline by not throwing the balls after the instructor says: “freeze”.
  • The last student to freeze is out. Also, if a student throws a ball after you say freeze, then they are out.
  • Prompt the students that are showing above average discipline.
Step 4 – Takeaways:
  • Freeze fast no matter what you are doing.
  • Listen for your instructor during the game.
  • Stay frozen until the instructor says go.
Step 5
  • Continue to play a few games as time allows.
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