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Football at Recess

Abel Gomez,   Austin Elementary School
Physical Activity Participation

I started implementing flag football during recess. As soon as the students saw me bring out the flags they got fired up!! I play flag football with my 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. I have the 1st graders do pass and catching drills, and the 2nd graders do passing routes and defense drills. The 2nd graders are already excited about the fact that when they move on to 3rd grade, they will be able to implement these skills in an actual game. Students are now excited about recess and also about joining local leagues to continue on in football.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

There are a lot less behavior issues with students, because they know that if they don't follow the rules they will not get to participate in a game.