Lobster Ball

Focus Skills: Deceiving the Opponent · Defending Territory · Maintain a Rally



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Quick Rules

Each student has their own area, marked by four cones, that faces their opponent’s area
The space between the two areas is a dead zone
Using underhand throwing (lob) only, players start the game by having one player lob the ball into the other player’s area
Players may let the ball bounce once before catching the ball before lobbing it back (players have 1 second to lob the ball back and may not move with the ball in their hand).
If a player lobs the ball outside of their opponent’s area, then the point and serve goes to the opponent
If a ball bounces twice before being caught, with the first bounce being within the opponent’s area, the player who lobbed the ball wins a point and gets to serve
Games are played to 5 points


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Builds

Build One: Maintaining A Rally
Students work as partners. They must lob the ball back and forth to each other without it ever bouncing more than once following a throw. Partners work together to maintain a rally for as many exchanges as possible. At this build, the teacher can modify the equipment (e.g. trade the tennis ball for a foam ball, volleyball, or racquets and a shuttlecock).
Build Two: Scoring a Point
Players must now try to beat their opponent by having the ball bounce twice inside their opponent’s area.

Build Three: Attacking an Open Space
The teacher can modify each player’s area to force them to throw the ball in an open space (i.e. a short and wide area forces the attacking player to throw the ball either left or right, and a long and narrow area force the attacking player to throw the ball either short or long)

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Grade Level Outcomes

Maintain a Rally
Deceiving the Opponent
Defending a Space


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Discussion Questions

How/where do you lob the ball so it is easy/hard for your opponent to catch?
Where should you move after each lob?
Where do you throw the ball to increase your chances of scoring a point?


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Safety Information

Remind students that only underhand throws are permitted. Ensure that no students run across another student’s area


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Equipment Requirements

Tennis balls
Cones

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