Skill: Memory
Drill: Bopper Blocks
Equipment needed: 1 foam noodle/blocker pad per line
Instructors needed: 1 per Line
Description: The students will work on their reactive memory by challenging them to think about which block to use to stop the noodle/blocker pad.
Teaching SKILLZ:
CHOICES – The instructor can ask the student how fast they would want to go, “slow, medium, fast, or ninja fast”. This will help the students who do not have confidence yet in what they are doing feel better about doing the drill, as they have power over how fast it can go. It also gives the students who want a challenge the option for it, as they can pick “ninja fast”.
VISUAL PROCESSING – The student must see the noodle coming towards them, and see how high it is, and do the appropriate block for that height, being high, middle, or low. This works on their ability to make sense of what they see and process visual activities.
Step 1
Divide your students into lines.
Step 2 – Setting Up the Drill:
Instructors will stand in front of the first person in line with the noodle to start the drill.
Step 3 – Explain the Rules:
  • Each student will get 3 chances to block.
  • The instructor will slowly strike high, middle, or low.
  • The student must use the correct block, say its name, and not get hit.
Step 4 – Takeaways:
  • Have fast reactive memory to block correctly.
  • Show a good chamber when you block.
  • Block the correct side and area.
Step 5
  • Continue until each student has 3 turns. To make it more challenging, speed up the strikes.
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