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101 Fun Warm-Up and Cool-Down Games

101 Fun Warm-Up and Cool-Down Games

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    Until now, warming up and cooling down have been seen as drudgery—a boring start to a game or class. But not anymore.

    101 Fun Warm-Up and Cool-Down Games provides the antidote to the age-old warm-up and cool-down routines of jogging and stretching. When students take part in these games, they will be fully engaged, having fun, and effectively preparing their minds and bodies for the game or activity that lies ahead.

    This innovative book provides complete information for implementing 101 core games:

    -The theory behind warm-ups and cool-downs (why they're important and what they should consist of)

    -41 fun games that can be used in a variety of situations

    -60 sport-specific games in 7 sports (badminton, baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, and volleyball)

    -113 variations of the core games to help leaders shape the activities to their group's needs

    -An easy-to-follow format with illustrations for the more complicated games to ensure proper setup and understanding of the game

    -A game finder to help leaders easily locate games and determine which are suited to their needs

    The game descriptions include group size, age, and skill level, making it easy to find the game that's just right for your group. They also can be used as stand-alone activities that promote fitness and fun. And the sport-specific games help kids warm up while working with the ball or equipment that they'll use in their games.

    The variety of games, the sport-specific applications, the adaptability to different groups, and the multiple uses of the games make this book a valuable resource for any leader working with students or athletes. The illustrations and easy-to-use format make it straightforward and reader-friendly. These games are so engaging that students and athletes will hardly know they're warming up or cooling down. Come game time, they'll be charged up and ready to go. And after the game, they won't mind cooling down.


    Audiences: Resource for K-12 physical educators, recreation leaders, fitness instructors, and coaches.

    Table of Contents

    Game Finder
    Introduction. Theory of Warm-Ups, Cool-Downs, and Stretching

    Part I. General Warm-Up and Cool-Down Games
    Chapter 1.
    Quick Movement Games
    1 High Fives
    2 Quick Zoo
    3 Front of the Class
    4 Follow the Leader
    5 Popcorn
    6 Running the Rails
    7 Swamp Monster
    8 Space Walk

    Chapter 2. Tag
    9 Continuous Scooter Tag
    10 Dog's Tail
    11 Pursuit Tag
    12 Continuous British Bulldog
    13 Flusher
    14 Ball Safe
    15 Knee Tag
    16 Island Tag
    17 Everyone It Frozen Tag
    18 Balance Tag

    Chapter 3. Relays
    19 Circle Relay
    20 Cumulative Relay
    21 Blindfolded Obstacle Relay
    22 Shuffle Run
    23 Custodian Relay
    24 Arch and Roll Relay
    25 Exercise Relay

    Chapter 4. Races
    26 Heel-to-Toe Race
    27 Over and Under
    28 Everybody Over and Under
    29 Caterpillar Race
    30 Butt Crawl
    31 Octopus
    32 Snakeskin
    33 Over, Under, Around
    34 Hole in One
    35 Rat Race
    36 Swamp Pass
    37 Leapfrog
    38 Le Mans 24-Lap Tandem Race

    Chapter 5. Parachute Games
    39 Team Run
    40 Under Frog
    41 High Rollers

    Part II. Sport-Specific Warm-Up and Cool-Down Games
    Chapter 6.
    42 Bird Juggle
    43 Thread the Button
    44 Clear, Drop
    45 Long Cross and Drop
    46 Next-in-Line Badminton
    47 Five-Player Continuous Rally
    48 Upset
    49 Cooperative Net Game
    50 Cat in the Middle
    51 Driving
    52 Short and Long Game
    53 Played by the Book
    54 Narrow Clear, Smash, Drop

    Chapter 7. Baseball
    55 Jog Toss
    56 Short Relay
    57 Pop-Up One Bounce
    58 Hot Potato Baseball
    59 Two-a-Side Fantasy Baseball
    60 Hot Box
    61 Relay, Relay
    62 Right-Left Consecutive Bunt Pepper

    Chapter 8. Basketball
    63 Throw to a Wall Relay
    64 Pass Around
    65 Star Pass
    66 Dribble Tag
    67 Shoot for the Stars
    68 Rebounding Trios
    69 Professional Bump
    70 Take-a-Break Keep-Away

    Chapter 9. Football
    71 Hot Football
    72 Wild Flags
    73 Round the Corners Snap
    74 Completed Passes
    75 Ultimate Football

    Chapter 10. Hockey
    76 Obstacle Course for Hockey
    77 Hockey Soccer
    78 Puck Handle Score!
    79 3-on-2 Keep-Away
    80 Two-Line Pass
    81 Double-Up

    Chapter 11. Soccer
    82 Crazy Eights
    83 Pit Ball Terror
    84 Throw-In Ball
    85 Split Triangle Run
    86 Double Cone Ball
    87 One-Goal Soccer
    88 Dribble Goal Line
    89 Grid Pass
    90 2-4 Keep-Away
    91 Jugglers
    92 Soccer Wallball
    93 Soccer Volleyball

    Chapter 12. Volleyball
    94 Shower Volleyball
    95 Balloon Volleyball
    96 Volleyball Relay
    97 Setting Threes
    98 Frozen Tag
    99 Five-Pass Volleyball
    100 Short Volleyball
    101 Continuous Pass

    About the Author

    About the Author

    John Byl, PhD, is a professor of physical education at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario. Dr. Byl has taught physical education and coached for more than 25 years, and he has authored several books related to games and physical activity. He is president of CIRA Ontario and is the chair of Ontario's Active Living Challenge.
    Dr. Byl loves cycling and playing squash and golf. He also enjoys playing games with his family, especially his first grandson, Zachary.