The following basketball resource, designed for Middle School students (aged 11-14) in the USA, has been carefully aligned with NASPE National Standards, and addresses:
- [1, 2] Moving efficiently in general space, throwing and catching
- [3, 4] Muscular strength and endurance, aerobic capacity
- [5, 6] Cooperation, leadership, accepting challenges
The teaching outcomes for this resource are as follows:
- The goal of 3-Catch with a Post Player is to make 3 catches, each to a different member of your group.
- Offensive players do this by pivoting, passing and moving to an open space. Dribbling is not allowed.
- In the center of the grid stands a Post Player. Either group can pass to that player when the group needs help. The Post Player must pass the ball back to the group from which they received the pass.
- Each Defender guards a player from the other group. After 3 catches, the Offense earns 1 point, and the group scored upon has the ball.
- If a turnover occurs (incomplete pass, ball out of bounds, defense intercepts), group roles are reversed. Offense becomes Defense and vice versa. (Rotate Post Player after 3 turnovers.)
- Principle of 3s in effect.
SPARK Middle School Physical Education (PE)
Project M-SPAN (Middle School Physical Activity and Nutrition) was supported by the Heart, Lung and Blood Institute from 1996-2000 and was the first scientific effort to study and evaluate this target population in physical education, physical activity, and nutrition. Lessons learned from this M-SPAN helped create the exemplary Middle School program SPARK disseminates today.
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SPARK is the world’s most researched and field-tested Physical Education program. SPARK strives to foster environmental and behavioral change by providing a coordinated package of highly active curriculum, on-site teacher training, extensive follow-up support, and content-matched equipment.
This collection of SPARK resources is the result of over 20 years of research and field-testing. SPARK is constantly adding to this library so make sure to check back often. For more information, please visit http://www.sparkpe.org/.