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Apache Ball

Subject: Games, Team Sports
Grade: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Brief Description

Students play a game of dodge ball in which the object of the game is to eliminate the other team. In this activity, students work on throwing, catching, dodging, and aiming skills as they practice teamwork.


Students will practice teamwork as they improve their eye-hand coordination and throwing skills.


teamwork, ball games, physical education, eye-hand coordination

Materials Needed

Two hockey-sized nets, two 8'x4' mats, up to 2 dozen 4"-8" diameter foam balls.

Lesson Plan

  • Arrange students in two teams and have each team line up on one side of a court. Explain that the centerline can never be crossed.
  • Set up a hockey net 15-20 feet from each side of the centerline. Place a mat in front of each net. The mat represents the goalie's area. The goalie is the only person allowed on the mat.
  • The object of the game is to throw balls at your opponents. Any player hit by a ball must sit on the sidelines. All sidelined students can rejoin the game if one of their teammates throws a ball into the opponents' net.
  • The game ends when an entire team is sidelined.


Observation of students' ability to aim, throw, and dodge, as well as their ability to work as a team.

Lesson Plan Source

Dino Michetti, ([email protected]) Fairfield Country Day School, Fairfield, Connecticut



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