Monthly Archives: September 2014

Sep 25

A Nice Pee Wee Football Practice

By RonUsher | Uncategorized

flag football playersI got to watch a 2nd grade class work on some football skills. It was pretty cool how the teacher did it.

First, she’s the only one out in the field with 40 kids! That’s a lot of squirmy kids. But she kept them inline and interested.

First, she had set up cones so that the students would stay inside her boundaries. And she had a plenty of flags and balls. Every kid had flags and every pair of kids had a football.

The first drill I saw them do was to pair up. She taught them how to hold the ball and taught them about what a fumble was. Then one partner took the ball while the other partner spread their arms and legs apart to make as big a star shape as possible.

The students with the balls then ran around the other students in a bit of mass pandemonium. It was fun to watch.

After a few minutes of running they switched places.


The next drill was a flag pulling drill. Students without the ball (defense) would pull the flags on the students with the balls (offense). If your flag was pulled, you gave the ball to that person and then you became a defender. Again, she taught them the terms of offense, defense and fumble.

They ran around for a few minutes and then she had them put the equipment away and take a water break. I think she had another activity for them but it was time for me to go.

All in all it was a very nice lesson. Kids had fun, learned and were active. It was a direct contrast to the middle school class I watched that played dodgeball. That’s a completely different story.

Sep 21

25 Open ended questions for PE and Youth Sports

By RonUsher | Uncategorized

Image of a question mark

The right questions improve learning and performance

(Feel free to comment or add your own at the end!)


Open ended questions are the type that encourage deeper thinking from your kids. They are the ones that don’t have a correct answer and can’t be answered yes or no.


“What the hell are you doing!?” is not an open ended question. Neither is, “What is the airspeed of an unladened European swallow?”


Coming up with open ended questions can be tough. I always loved it when I did but was frustrated that I couldn’t pull them out of my pocket.


There are different types of open ended questions. But as a rule they fit into these categories:

Making predictions

Stretching thinking

Assessing feelings

Considering consequences

Solving a problem


Here are practical examples for you to use.

  1. What happens when you…..?
  2. Is there a better way that you can do this?
  3. How would you…..? (get faster, improve)
  4. Why do we….?
  5. When you ……, what happens?
  6. How can we improve…….?
  7. How do you know when…..? (you’ve improved, you’ve got it)
  8. Can you explain… your teammate?
  9. What do we need to do now?
  10. How can we take it to the next level?
  11. What else can we do to…..?
  12. Is there another way we can….?
  13. What would happen if we…..?
  14. What do we need to do when….?
  15. How do we…..?
  16. What’s the best (fastest, easiest) way to…..?
  17. If we did…..then what would happen?
  18. How many ways can you……?
  19. Why do we…..? Anything else?
  20. How will you know when….?(we’ve improved, we’ve got it)
  21. What else can we do to…..?
  22. If you wanted to…..what possible things could we do?
  23. Show me how we can….?
  24. Is there another way to….?
  25. Why would we want to……?

Give some of these a try and see how they work. And if you have more to add, please don’t be shy and leave a comment.