This Ball Sense Activity is designed to develop children’s carrying and striking skills, develop problem solving and decision making strategies, and movement skills relevant to games

Organisation

  • Make a lane using markers
  • Place 3 small hurleys/wooden bats (max. 16 inches in length) on the ground by the first marker
  • Line children up in groups of approx. 3 behind the first marker
  • Each activity is conducted in a lane

Task

a) Carry and Toss Beanbag with Hurley

  • On the whistle, the first child in each line will walk or jog to the end of the lane, carrying the beanbag on the bas of the hurley
  • The child will attempt to toss the beanbag into a basket
  • The child picks the beanbag up with the non-dominant hand and places it back on the bas of the hurley and walks back
  • The child hands the bean bag to the next child at the front of the line
  • Repeat until each child has three turns

b) Beanbag Drop and Scoop

  • The child at the front of each line picks the beanbag up with non-dominant hand and places the beanbag on the bas of the hurley
  • On the whistle, the child runs to the end of the lane and slides the beanbag off
  • the hurley on to a marker
  • The child then runs backwards to halfway back the lane and stops
  • They then run forward again and scoop up the beanbag with the non-dominant/“catching hand” underhand
  • The child turns around, places the beanbag back on the bas of the hurley and
  • runs back to the beginning
  • The child hands it over to the next child at the top of the line
  • Repeat until each child has three turns

Teaching Points

  • With the ‘hurley hand’, each child grips hurley, pressing the thumb on the handle
  • Point the hurley forward and the ‘toe’ of the hurley facing away from the body to the dominant side
  • Keep the bas of the hurley flat
  • Place the beanbag on the ‘bas’ of the hurley, keeping eyes on it