Fun Stuff for Physical Education #77 
July 2, 2009

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #77
July 2, 2009

Dick Moss, Editor, Physical Education

1. Editor's Note

Welcome to the latest issue of Fun Stuff for PE!

If you're a North American teacher, you're probably on your summer vacation now. So stop reading this! Get out and relax!! In Canada, yesterday was also a holiday for non-teachers - our national holiday that celebrates the fast that we're Canadian. It's called, appropriately I suppose, Canada Day. It's a day that culminates with massive fireworks displays and, while it may be the best day of the year for fireworks aficionados, it's the worst day of the year for my dog, Tusker, who is deathly afraid of loud noises. He did survive, although I think he lost five pounds from the four hours of trembling…which, by the way, might be the new weight loss craze of the future. "Tremblerobics." Remember, you heard it here first!

With summer here and most of you not wanting to answer school emails, I'll publish one newsletter at the end of July and another at the end of August. That way I won't fill up your email box with unread newsletters.

And how about this issue? Our free content in this edition includes a link to a video shot by a student, of her favourite PE teacher performing at an assembly - the kids' reactions are fun to listen to; there's our latest blog posting, about some of the crazy scientific studies I've come across while researching material for PE; and finally, our free article describes a way to get more consistent service tosses when playing tennis

And for PE Update members, here's what we've added to the website since the last issue: a basketball game that improves late-game performance; a strategy for improving athlete retention in youth sports; research for optimizing weight loss in overweight kids; a PE assignment in which students create their own games out of random sports equipment; and a soccer leadup game that improves dribbling skills.

The Fun Stuff newsletter is free and there's lots of FREE content on PE, including over 25 sample articles, an extensive links page and the PE Update Blog! However, most of the material 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!! To get more information, watch our video tour at: PE Update Video Tour

I hope you enjoy this issue!

Dick Moss, Editor


2. From the Web

This has nothing to do with physical education or sport, aside from the fact that the runners I drove home from last weekend's track meet in Toronto had never heard of Janis Joplin! So here's a classic video of Janis Joplin performing one of my all-time favourite songs, "Summertime," live in Stockholm circa 1969 . I hope you have a great summertime!!

Janis Joplin - Summertime


3. New Additions to the Website

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

  • Baseball/Softball: Home Run Derby Variation for Better Participation
    How to adapt the baseball "Home Run Derby" game so every player can hit pitches over the fence.

  • Field Events: Shot Put - The Towel Drill Develops Power Across the Shot Circle
    Placing a towel behind the drive foot will help shot putters improve the power of their backward glide across the circle.

  • Fundraising: "Donate to Your Number" Fundraiser
    A fundraising campaign in which you request alumni support for the player wearing their old number.

  • Golf: Fairway Golf Leadup Game
    A golf leadup game in which players must stay within the boundary lines of a winding course.

  • Tennis: Draw a Sword for Better Backhands
    A coaching cue to help physical education students learn the correct swing path for backhand strokes.

The PE website has 346 other articles on these five topics! Become a member and you can read them all today! Click Here!


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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.

FRUSTRATING DAY IN CLASS? GIVE WELSH SHIN KICKING AT TRY! BR> The editor discusses a new sport you can try this summer in anticipation of those really bad days in class next year.



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:


A way to hold the tennis ball that produces greater consistency on the service toss.

The PE website has 80 other "Tennis" articles ready for you to read! Become a member and get access to them today! Click Here!


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