Guard The Pin

Focus Skills: Attacking a Goal · Deceiving the Opponent · Defending a Goal

quickrulesicon Quick Rules

Players stand in a circle formation.
A pin is placed in the middle of the circle and one player is selected to guard the pin.
The teacher gives a foam ball to the players in the circle.
Players may pass the ball to each other until they have a open shot to knock the pin down.
Once the pin is knocked down, the guard may return to the circle and a new guard is selected.

buildicon Builds

Build One: Passing Pattern
All players stand in a circle formation. They are given a ball which they have to pass around to each other. Players may not pass the ball to the players to their immediate left or right. The group must find a passing pattern that allows all players to touch the ball without breaking the “no passing to your neighbours” rule.
Build Two: Group Juggling
The players continue to pass the ball in the pattern they have developed in build one. The teacher adds additional balls to the game. The group’s challenge is to see how many balls they can keep passing without dropping any of the balls and without any player ever having more than one ball in hand.
Build Three: Guarding a Player
The teacher now places a hoop in the middle of the circle. One player is selected to be the target and another player is selected to be the guard. The target player must stand with both feet in the hoop. The group’s challenge is to complete a pass to the target player without the guard intercepting the ball. Is a pass is complete, the target player returns to the circle and the guard becomes the target player.

Build Four: Guarding a Pin
Same rules as the previous build, however the target player is replaced by a pin which the guard must defend.

tacticalicon Grade Level Outcomes

Deceiving the Opponent
Attacking a Goal
Defending a Goal

questionsicon Discussion Questions

How do you successfully attack the goal/complete a pass to the target player?
How do you successfully defend the goal/intercept incoming passes?
How can you deceive the guard to create an opportunity for attacking the goal?

safetyicon Safety Information

All throws should be directed downwards.

equipmenticon Equipment Requirements

Foam Ball