Fun Stuff for Physical Education #67
February 12, 2009

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #67
February 12, 2009

Dick Moss, Editor, Physical Education

1. Editor's Note

What have I done in the past two weeks? Well, I spent about 30 hours in vans, traveling with our indoor track team to Montreal on one weekend, then to Toronto on another. Thank goodness for laptop computers - my portable Mac allowed me to work on the Fun Stuff newsletter during our travels.

This newsletter contains some excellent free content. There's a link to the website that provides pool noodle games; our latest blog that is a rant about plastic food containers; and a free baseball article that describes why curve balls can be hit farther than fastballs.

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #67
February 12, 2009
And for PE Update members, here's what we've added to the website since the last issue of Fun Stuff. There's a statistical study indicating that football teams should gamble more on 4th down; a website resource for pool noodle games; several sport psych techniques for reducing pre-competition anxiety; a fun swimming game; an excellent track workout that teachers runners how to kick off the final turn; and a volleyball drill that teaches blockers and spikers how to recover quickly.

While this newsletter is free, most of the content on PE is for members-only, including instructional videos, the discussion group, over 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 watch our video tour at: PE Update Video Tour

I hope you enjoy this issue!

Dick Moss, Editor


Fun Stuff for Physical Education #67
February 12, 2009
2. From the Web - Free Resources

The Noodle Games website is an excellent resource for teachers who want to learn innovative games they can play with inexpensive foam pool noodles. While the website provides a number of resources, the most valuable free resource is the Noodle Games Video (see the link below).

The Noodle Games website link

The Noodle Games video link


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February 12, 2009
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

  • Football: Fourth Down Situations -Teams Should Go for it More Often
    A statistical study that shows football teams should go for it more often on fourth-down situations.

  • Resources: Pool Noodle Website
    A website that provides a number of games you can play using inexpensive foam pool noodles.

  • Sport Psychology: Three Techniques to Reduce Pre-Competition Anxiety - Paradoxical Intention, Nervous Time & Objectivity
    Three techniques for decreasing your athletes' pre-competition anxiety, including having them magnify their symptoms of nervousness.

  • Swimming: Pearl Diver Game
    A swimming game in which the number of laps to be swum depends upon the number of pennies not retrieved from the pool bottom. Good for physical education class or team practices.

  • Track (Video): Kick-Off-the-Turn Workout
    A track workout that combines speed development with the tactics required to kick past opponents on the turns.

  • Volleyball: Blocker & Spiker Recovery Drill
    A volleyball drill that forces players to quickly recover after making a block or spike.

The PE website has 358 other articles on these topics! Become a member and you can read them all today! Click Here!


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February 12, 2009
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Fun Stuff for Physical Education #67
February 12, 2009
4. From the PE Update Blog

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

The tale of an invention rendered useless because of corporate greed. Strictly speaking, it's not a physical education issue, but it does affect any teacher who packs a lunch for school or team trips.



Fun Stuff for Physical Education #67
February 12, 2009
5. From the Archives

In every issue, 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 issue's article is:

Baseball/Softball: Curve Balls Can Be Hit Farther Than Fastballs

Because of the incoming speed of fastballs, most people assume that fastballs are the pitch that can be hit the farthest. However, science begs to differ.

The PE website has 71 other articles on baseball and softball ready for you to read! Become a member and get access to them today! Click Here!


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