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“Tailball” is basketball using a tennis ball with an attached tail


P.E. & Health  


4, 5, 6, 7  

Title – Tail-ball

By – Marc Wedding

Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education

Grade Level – 4-7

Objective — Students try scoring goals by throwing a tennis ball (with an attached tail) through a basketball ring.

This game is played on a basketball court and can be played both indoors and outdoors.

Divide the class into 2 teams.

Toss the ball up in the center like in basketball.

Team members pass the tail-ball to other members of their team and try to score a goal by throwing the tail-ball.

The tail-ball can be caught by catching the tennis ball itself, but it can only be thrown by using the tail.

The exception for this is if a student is trying to shoot a goal.

If the ball is dropped or hits the ground then it is handed to the opposition.

There is no running with the tail-ball.

You could also:

    a) Set time limits on how long one team has to keep possession of the tail-ball (example 3 seconds or 5 seconds).

    b) Set a minimum number of passes between team mates before a goal is scored

    c) Divide court into halves restrict students to their half.

[The tail-ball is made by tying a 30 cm (1 foot) long ribbon to a washer which is then inserted through a small incision made into a tennis ball.]


Marc Wedding


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