PE Questions: Q&A
The Task: Students are to write in their own words or video themselves (using their laptops) answers to the following questions related to our central idea for team games – “Success in games depends on skills, rules, strategies and sportsmanship.” Students need to post these answers on their blog. The words in red are possible ways to start your answers. Students are encouraged to comment on each other’s answers in a positive/constructive manner.
Q: What does sportsmanship mean to you/look like to you? Give some examples.
A: I think sportsmanship means cooperating with people from your team. You work together, communicate and encourage. If someone on your team misses a pass, or accidentally scores an own goal, don’t complain loudly (“How could yo-ou! That was SO easy!”) instead, say, “Keep trying!” But you also need to respect your opponents. When you win, you don’t jump around and cheer in their faces. You walk up to them, shake hands, and say, “Good game.” Your opponents are one of the main reasons for your team’s success. They help you learn from your mistakes, and push you to something even higher than you thought you could go.
Q: Why is it important to follow the rules of a game?
A: It is important to follow the rules of games because that means playing fair. There is no swearing, disagreeing with the referee and it makes everyone feel better, otherwise everybody gets hot and bothered and it turns into a shouting match. For example, if someone scored a goal when you were goalie but you didn’t play by the rules and said, “It wasn’t a goal.” every time, people would feel bad, and they might not even want to play with you anymore, and then you won’t learn how to improve your strategies and overall team ‘quality’.
Q: Why are good team strategies important to success in team games? Give examples of strategies for team handball? How would you create and/or deny space in team handball?
A: Team strategies are important because you need to know what your teammates are doing and thinking. If everyone just played their own game, even if they were on the same team, then the whole game would fall into disarray.
You create space by not bunching up, getting open and moving around. You can also dodge around your defender to get free.
You deny space by guarding a player, if allowed, putting your arms up to catch or intercept a ball. If the player you are guarding has the ball and there is a time limit, (as in handball) you can crowd around that player, or count to pressure them into misdirecting their shot.
In my handball team, one of our strategies was to have certain people ‘stationed’ around or near the goal; team members would then pass to those people and hopefully score. To have a more likely chance of scoring, the scorers feinted one way then scored when the goal was open. When the ball was in the possession of the other team, we usually guarded a player of the opposing team and quite a few times intercepted the ball.
Q: What is a strategy you/your team used in “Capture the Flag” to be more successful?
A: A certain group of people focused on attack, there were four or five people guarding the ‘flags’, a couple who specialized in jail-breaking and the remaining people acted as a sort of patrol guard.
Q: Describe why having strong skills helps your team be more successful? Give some examples of skills with a specific team sport in mind.
A: Having strong skills are important because otherwise your team will be weak; the purpose of game (to have fun and improve your skills) will be misused, and the game itself will go at a very slow pace.
In netball it is important to be good at the following skills: defending, intercepting, creating space and shooting. If you and your teammates are bunched up there is no way you are going to get the ball down the court and away from the defenders; to get into the goal circle and shoot at the hoop. If you are defending, you need to remember to be three feet apart (otherwise it’s a foul) and get ready to intercept the ball from the attackers. And if you do actually get the ball and you are in a position to shoot (GA/GS) you need to have shooting skills otherwise there will be no goals at all.
Q: Why does a team that is very physically fit have an advantage over a team that is not fit?
A: The team that is physically fit has advantages because they have the ability to move around the court faster, and if their brains are also fit they can think of new strategies and ways to score.
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