Fun Stuff for PE Newsletter #56 
September 4, 2008

Fun Stuff for PE Newsletter #56
September 4, 2008

Dick Moss, Editor, Physical Education

1. Editor's Note

Welcome back - summer is over (groan), and school has begun. Hopefully, you're looking for new ideas, tips, games and better ways to teach sport skills. If so, you're in the right place!

For those of you who didn't read "PE Tips" over the summer, this newsletter lists every article added to the website since June.

It also contains some excellent free information. For example, links to a website that provides free, downloadable Powerpoint presentations for physical education and health topics; our blog, in which your editor provides more observations from the Summer Olympics; and from our archives, a super icebreaker you can use with your new classes and teams.

This newsletter is free, but most of the content on PE 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 website, then join up today!! You can get more information here: PE Update Membership Information

I hope you enjoy this issue!

Dick Moss, Editor


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September 4, 2008
2. From the Web

Would it be useful for you to make Powerpoint presentations in your PE and health classes? If so, the Pete's PowerPoint Station website is for you. It provides dozens of PowerPoint presentations on a variety of topics that are relevant to PE teachers. All can be instantly downloaded to your computer. It's a great timesaver! Click here to go to the site:
Free Powerpoint Presentations for PE
Free Powerpoint Presentations for Health
Free Powerpoint Presentations - All Subjects


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3. New Additions to the Website

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

  • Fitness: V02 Max Test Using an Easy One-Mile Jog
    An easy one-mile jog can give you an estimate of your students' V02 Max levels. Includes an automatic calculator - great for physical education classes.

  • How to Buy Baseball Gloves for Physical Education Classes & Teams
    Factors you should consider when purchasing baseball gloves for your physical education classes and varsity teams.

  • Quotes: The Difference Between Knowledge and Wisdom
    A reproducible poster that describes difference between knowledge and wisdom.

  • Track: Coaching Cue to Prevent Dropped Relay Batons
    A coaching cue that will prevent dropped batons during sprint relay exchanges.

  • Training Room Tips: Mulligan Taping for Ankle Sprain Prevention
    The Mulligan taping technique, using only two strips of tape, may revolutionize the way we prevent ankle injuries.

The PE website has 380 other articles on these five topics! Become a member and you can read them today! Click Here!

The following articles were also added this summer (since June 24th).
These articles were listed in Newsletters # 52, 53, 54 & 55 and are available to members on the
PE website:

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September 4, 2008
  • Baseball: The Blink Drill Improves Vision in Baseball Catchers
    How to improve your catcher's ability to visually track breaking balls.

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

  • Basketball: Release the Ball Early for Better Jump Shots
    Why jump shots with an early release tend to be more accurate.

  • 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.

  • Field Events: How to Determine the Runup Distance for the Long & Triple Jump
    How to measure long and triple jump runups to ensure a maximum speed takeoff.

  • Fitness: Interval Walking - A Fun Rainy Day Activity
    Interval walking is a great way to spice up indoor walking workouts for your physical education classes.

  • Free Resource: Guide to Volleyball Basics
    A free eBook that would make an excellent textbook for your physical education volleyball unit.

  • Fundraising: Raise Funds With a GeoCaching Tournament
    How to use the latest geocaching craze to raise funds for your physical education or school sports program.

  • 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.

  • Games: Shaving Cream Whiffle Ball
    A baseball variation involving a Whiffle Ball and shaving cream!

  • Golf: Predicting the Roll of Chip Shots on Different Grass Conditions
    Low points on the green and the lie from which you chip will affect the roll of your chip shots.

  • Health: The Best Sitting Position for Minimizing Back Stress
    New technology has found the best sitting posture for minimizing back strain...and it's not the traditional upright position.

  • Hockey: How to Reduce the Incidence of Groin & Ab Injuries in Early-Season Hockey
    How hockey players can make themselves three times less likely to suffer a groin injury in the first weeks of play.

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

  • Outdoor Education: Predict Temperatures With a Cricket Thermometer
    How outdoor education teachers can predict temperatures by counting a cricket's chirps.

  • Promotion: Coaching Clinic Promotion
    Use a coaching clinic as a reward for bringing a group to one of your home games.

  • Soccer: Soccer Referees Run as Hard as Many Players
    Soccer referees run about the same distance at similar intensities as the players for whom they are officiating.

  • Soccer Video Link - Side Volley Drill Progression
    A drill progression that teaches soccer players the side volley technique. Good for teams or physical education class. Includes a link to an illustrative video.

  • 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.

  • Strength: Plyometrics on the Sand - Are They Effective?
    Plyometrics on a sand surface are good for sports like beach volleyball, but are less effective in developing reactive strength abilities.

  • Teaching Tips: Index Card Method for Selecting Teams for Physical Education Classes
    How to use index cards to randomly select teams in your physical education classes.

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

  • Tennis: Shoulder Blade Cue for Better Backhands
    A coaching cue for the tennis backhand that will increase power by 20%.


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    4. From the PE Update Blog

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

    Your editor has just completed two weeks of complete Olympics immersion and there is now a big gap in his life. However, as the games progressed, he was able to jot down a number of impressions.
    To read more, click this link to the blog: //


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    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!

    It's the first week of school, so here's a good icebreaking activity you can use with your classes and teams. it includes a video demonstration:
    Icebreaker: The "Who's Behind Me" Game.

    An icebreaker in which participants must guess their partner's identity based on personal information shouted out by their teammates.

    The PE website has 71 other articles on Sport Psychology you can read! Become a member and read them today! Click Here!


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