Fun Stuff for Physical Education #86
December 3, 2009

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #86
December 3, 2009

Dick Moss, Editor, PE

1. Editor's Note

Welcome to the latest issue of the Fun Stuff for PE newsletter! Some of you may have received the wrong edition of the Fun Stuff newsletter on November 19th (Issue #85). If so, you can go back and see the corrected version at the following link (there was a bit of a mix-up in the publishing process): Click here for Issue #85

In that issue, we discussed all the new bonus material you can receive by subscribing to PE including eBooks, charts and articles worth up to almost $90.00 If you're interested in more information, check out the following page:

What free content will you find in THIS issue of Fun Stuff?

  • “Free Resources” features a pdf handbook from Hockey USA that describes the hockey skills that should be emphasized for each age of development.
  • “PE Update Blog” discusses how the true excitement in sport comes from close competition and last-minute outcomes, not big budgets and marketing hype.
  • “From the Archives” provides an article that describes a three-step process for getting athletes into the ideal mindset on the day of major competitions. I've tried it and it works!
There are also many free resources on the PE website, including more than 35 sample articles, a links page, the latest PE-related news and headlines, the PE Blog and the Fun Stuff newsletter archive.

For those of you who are PE members, this issue includes a list of the latest articles added to the website. Of course, paid PE Update members receive many other advantages, including access to over 2100 searchable articles that you can read, print or email; the PE forum; and dozens of instructional videos.

If you're not already a member of the PE website, then join up today!! It will cost you only $4.95 per month, or $29.95 a year and you'll receive up to $89.80 in free bonus charts, eBooks and articles! To 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 #86
December 3, 2009
2. Free Resources


Here's an excellent source of hockey information for those who work with developing players. This downloadable handbook was developed by USA Hockey to describe the skills that should be emphasized with each age group, beginning with players in the Mite category (eight years of age) and taking them all the way through Midget (18 years of age).

See the website at the following link and click under “Education & Training:


Fun Stuff for Physical Education #86
December 3, 2009
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 only to paid members of PE
  • Hockey/Resources: "Skill Progressions for Player and Coach Development" Handbook
    A downloadable hockey handbook that describes the skills that should be emphasized in each age group from 8 to 18.
  • Nutrition: How Close to Competition Can Carbohydrate Drinks be Taken and Still be Effective?
    Carbohydrate drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade can be taken at a number of times before exercise and still be effective in improving performance.
  • Outdoor Education: Apply Hand Pressure at the Knee, Not the Thigh When Ascending Steep Hills
    When using the hands to assist in ascending a steep hill, outdoor education students should apply downward pressure at the knee not the mid-thigh.
  • Strength: The Single-Leg Triple-Hop Test
    A good field test to determine improvements in horizontal and vertical leg strength and power, as compared to the more commonly-used vertical jump test.
  • Teaching/Coaching: Skill Test Sheets
    A reproducible score sheet that can be used for physical education skill testing or as a motivator to improve varsity athletes' desire to perform skill drills.
  • Volleyball: Height & Position of the Hands When Blocking
    When blocking, the hands should lower, wider and angled in a different position than the one most beginners assume.
The PE website has 458 other articles on these seven topics! Become a member and you can access all that information today! Click Here!


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December 3, 2009
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Fun Stuff for Physical Education #86
December 3, 2009
4. From the PE Update Blog Monday Morning Musings on the World of Sports, Coaching & Physical Education from Editor, Dick Moss.

The editor, a true fan of the NFL, reveals that the most exciting football games over the past two weeks were from less-heralded leagues and that excitement in sport can come at any level.
To read more, go to the PE Update Blog:



Fun Stuff for Physical Education #86
December 3, 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:


How do you handle instructions to athletes before major competitions? Do you overwhelm them with multiple instructions just before they hit the field? Do you avoid talking about the competition in the preceding days to reduce nervousness? In fact, a more effective method is a three-step approach in which you minimize your instructions on the day of competition. This article describes how to implement this approach.

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