Physical Education Tips of the Week #54
August 7, 2008

Physical Education Tips of the Week #54
August 7, 2008

Dick Moss, Editor, Physical Education

1. Editor's Note

August already - wow, where does the time go? The great thing about August for me is that it's a month in which I usually take a couple of weeks away from coaching. I move my workplace from my home office to my summer camp (aka cottage, cabin) and two or three times per week, drive the half-hour back to the city to check emails. Without all the technological distractions from phone calls and emails, I find that I can research and write like crazy. So, it may take an extra day or two to get back to any of you trying to contact me, but you'll still be receiving lots of great articles.

Physical Education Tips of the Week #54
August 7, 2008
I've added six articles to PE over the past two weeks: They include articles on how to avoid foul balls when bunting; how to purchase the best soccer ball for your situation; a game called Crazy Legs; how raisins are as effective as sports gels; a great icebreaker activity and a coaching cue to optimize the distance on lob shots.

The above articles are for PE Update members only. But how about free stuff? This newsletter includes links to a website that offers reproducible reminder cards that will keep your staff and athletes safe during thunderstorms; our blog, in which I gripe about airline travel and give team coaches a way to maximize your seat space by threatening their athletes; and finally, from our archives, a way for outdoor educators to tell the temperature by counting cricket chirps.

This newsletter is free, but most of the content on the website is for members-only, including instructional videos, the discussion group, almost 2000 articles that you can read, print and email... and much more.

If you're not already a member of the PE Update website, then join up today!! You can get more information here: PE Update Membership Information

I hope you enjoy this issue!

Dick Moss, Editor


Physical Education Tips of the Week #54
August 7, 2008
2. From the Web

Dozens of people are struck by lightning every year - many of them on sports fields or golf courses. This website link provides tips for lightning safety and provides access to reproducible sheets you can print and cut into wallet-sized cards that will remind your athletes and coaches about the 30-30 lightning rule (take shelter when you count 30 seconds or less between the lightning flash and its accompanying thunder). Scroll down to find cards for a number of different sports.

Lightning Safety and Reproducible Reminder Cards


Physical Education Tips of the Week #54
August 7, 2008
3. New Additions to the Website

Here are the Articles that have been added to the website in the past two weeks.
These articles are available to members of PE

  • Baseball: Tips to Avoid Bunting Into Foul Territory
    Three tips that will help your hitters avoid bunting the ball into foul territory

  • Equipment: Choosing the Right Soccer Ball
    A features guide that will help you to make educated decisions when buying soccer balls for school teams and physical education classes

  • Games: Crazy Legs
    A game in which a player is pursued around a circle while classmates kick a ball back and forth inside the circle.

  • Nutrition: Raisins - An Inexpensive Alternative to Sports Gels
    Raisins offer the same energy boost as sports gels at one-fifth the cost

  • Sport Psychology: The Story of My Name Icebreaker
    An icebreaker in which students introduce their partner by name and recount the meaning of that name.

  • Tennis: Coaching Cue for Optimal Distance on Lob Shots
    Where to aim lob shots so they land with optimal depth on the opposing court.

The PE Update website has 437 other articles on these six topics! Become a member and you can read them today! Click Here!


Physical Education Tips of the Week #54
August 7, 2008
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Physical Education Tips of the Week #54
August 7, 2008
4. From the PE Update Blog

Monday Morning Musings on the World of Sports, Coaching & Physical Education from Editor, Dick Moss.

Your editor, a closet claustrophobic, has suggestions to help airline companies assist those of his kind.
To read more, click this link to the blog: //


Physical Education Tips of the Week #54
August 7, 2008
5. From the Archives

Each week, I'll highlight a useful article from the PE Update Archives. The article will be available to non-members of the website for a week, and to members forever!

This week's pick is:
Outdoor Education: Predict Temperatures with a Cricket Thermometer

Here's a way to amaze, astound and entertain your students on their next outdoor education trip…and maybe even get your pack carried on the next portage.


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