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SandBell Exercises for K-12 Physical Education Classes

September 25th, 2012

Happy Thursday and thanks for checking out today’s P.E. Drill Thrill!

Today’s SandBell exercises are an extension of the previous K-12 Drill Thrill article. Hyperwear Master Trainer Jamie Atlas shows two more kid-friendly SandBell exercises that are fun, age appropriate and engaging!

Simple Tips For Success

As P.E. teachers, one of the problems you may face regularly is motivating students to get active and have FUN. Here are 3 simple tips to creating successful exercise classes!

According to the best ways to get kids active is by following these tips:

  1. Choose activities based on a student’s age: If you don’t, the student may get bored if it’s too easy or frustrated if it’s too hard.
  2. Give kids chances to be active: Offer activities that are safe and with age-appropriate equipment, take them to playgrounds and other play areas where they can be active.
  3. Focus on fun: Kids won’t do things they don’t enjoy.

How Today’s Video Applies These Tips

The kids in today’s video are ages 10-13. The Squat With Pizza Spin exercise follows tip #1 because at this age they have the mental and athletic ability to do an exercise that requires this level of concentration and technique. The Squat With Pizza Spin requires kids to squat, toss, and spin the SandBell overhead. The level of difficulty is appropriate for this age group—it’s not so easy that the kids get bored and it’s not so difficult that it can’t be done safely. If  5-6 year-olds were doing this exercise, the safety factor would be different because squatting, tossing, and spinning is probably too advanced for them.
Tip #2 is used in the Squat With Pizza Spin  since it gives kids the chance to be active without getting hurt. If kids drop the SandBell it won’t cause serious injury. Because of the SandBell’s design, when dropped the weight of the sand spreads over the SandBell’s surface and isn’t concentrated in one spot. The result of dropping a SandBell on a foot is much less serious than dropping a dumbbell. SandBells are a great option for K-12 P.E. games and exercises because kids can throw, toss, slam, slide, and catch them without having to worry about getting hurt.
Tip # 3 you can see the FUN on the kid’s faces! The Squat With Pizza Spin exercise is fun and exciting! This goofy exercise is fun because it’s challenging for them to toss, spin and catch the SandBell, but not so challenging they get discouraged and give up.

Click on the image below to see the Squat With Pizza Spin and SandBell Tennis exercises in action. Try these SandBell exercises in your next P.E. class. Keep the above tips in mind so your classes are fun, age appropriate and engaging!

Click to watch the SandBell games video!


SandBell Games Video Coaching Cues

Squat With Pizza Spin:  Teaching core/extremities coordination isn’t always easy; movements above the head require the most development to reduce shoulder injuries and poor performance in hand/eye coordination.  This exercise requires the student to rotate the shoulders “in sync,” as opposed to more traditional lifting movements that keep both shoulder blades stable and “in the pocket” — the optimal position for maximum lifting, but rarely used in real-world movement.  For an extra challenge combine this drill with a travel, two SandBells at once, or a heavier SandBell.  Remember, the SandBell lands softly, so you can use bigger challenges with a lower risk of injury from missed catches.

SandBell Tennis: SandBell Tennis requires reaction, agility and strategy.  It’s an excellent drill that requires the student to get low in their stance and react from the ground up.  For extra an challenge make one partner’s square larger or smaller, or use different movement patterns or game rules to balance out the abilities between partners to keep a level playing field, and motivation and enjoyment high.

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