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Alfonso Ball

Subject:

P.E. & Health  

Grades:

7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12  

Title – Alfonso Ball
By – Joey Alfonso
Primary Subjects – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – 7-12

The goal of the game is to score the most runs. The game is designed to be a fitness activity. It takes the place of running around the gym. It is a great activity for rainy days or colder weather. The game is played with a tennis racquet and a small gator skin ball.

Rules of the game:
1. Hitter stands at the baseline of the basketball court and hits the ball with the tennis racquet.
2. The defense must be outside of the three-point line and cannot enter inside of it until the ball is hit.
3. The pitcher must make a fair underhand pitch. (The game is designed so that the hitter has a lesser chance of getting out, however if they swing and miss and the pitch was fair they are out)
4. There are no foul balls in the game so the hitter can hit the ball backwards if they want. The defense has no catcher. (No one can be inside of the three-point line or behind the baseline until the ball is hit.)
5. At the beginning of the game all of the players on offense can run when the ball is hit. If you have a class of 40, then 20 may be running at the same time. (Stampede!) (It is a good idea to keep 2 or 3 hitters back in case they are needed.)
6. The bases are the out of bounds area behind both baskets. There is no baseline. The students run from one end of the gym to the other trying to avoid being hit with the ball. The runners do not have to run when the ball is hit. They run at their discretion. Runners can steal bases when the pitcher has the ball. The pitcher can fake a pitch and try to get runners stealing out. (Runners therefore can lead off.)
7. Three outs are given and are awarded when a hit ball is caught in the air or a runner is hit with the ball below the waist (unless they are in the act of dodging the ball by ducking or jumping.)
8. A run is scored when a runner makes it successfully down and back without being hit with the ball. The runners stay on base the entire time and they can hit when they get an opportunity. This keeps everyone involved and they play hard. Typical scores are in the 70′s or 80′s for high school play.

Other comments:
It is a good idea to teach the defense that they can throw a ball from one end of the gym to the other faster than they can run it.

Runners can disguise themselves as defensive players and then run when the pitch is made.

The hitter is the only player that must run on the pitch.

Balls hit off the walls or goals are playable but not outs if caught. Obviously you can do, as you like. I try to keep them running as much as possible.

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