Football Obstacle Run

Skill: Catch, Jump, Kick, Run, Throw
Time Required: 15
Activity Type: Physical
Group Size: Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group
Age Group: 6 - 9yrs, 9 - 12yrs, 13+ yrs
Play area: Gymnasium (large indoor space), Outdoor - Field
Safety Considerations: Remove any safety hazards and obstacles from the play area.
Remind participants to be aware of their surroundings and to keep their head up.
Ensure participants are always prepared to catch the ball when they are in line.
Equipment: 2 footballs per group of 6-8 participants
16 pylons (can use other objects for some of the stations instead of pylons)
1 Rope
8 (or so) hoops
Other equipment for different obstacles created
For participants to go through, around and over the obstacles set up, while holding a football.
Other Skills:
Set up:
Divide participants into groups of 6-8 participants.
Set up different football running obstacles; please see the attached document for an example of obstacles and the set up. Of course, create and set up any obstacles and stations that best suit the skill level of participants, space and equipment.
Have 3-4 participants start at one end; the first two participants in line will have a football.
In front of them place 4 pylons in a staggered line.
In front of the pylons place two (or three) rows of 5 (or more) pylons that are touching.
In front of the rows of pylons, place one pylon. To the side and behind that pylon will be the other 3-4 participants.
15 or so feet parallel to the rows of pylons, place 8 hoops in two staggered lines (this is for quick feet).
5-10 feet in front of the hoops place another pylon for participants to run around.
10 or so feet in front of that pylon place a rope; the rope will represent the end zone.
Step by Step:
1. The first two participants in the top line will have a football.
2. Please see the attached document for an example of the set up and obstacles.
3. Show participants how to hold a football when running with it. Have them hold it in one hand and cradle it into their chest with their arm. They can use their other hand to hold and protect it as well.
4. The first participant with the football will run to the staggered line of pylons and weave around them, while holding the football.
5. Then they will run to the rows of pylons and jump right over them.
6. They will go to the lone pylon and from there will throw the football to the first participant in the second line (show them how to throw a football by holding the laces, stepping with the opposite foot of their throwing arm, bending the elbow and following through).
7. After they throw the ball, that participant will go to the end of that line.
8. As soon as they throw the ball, the next participant in the first line can start to go through the obstacles.
9. The participant that caught the ball will run to the set of hoops and go through them using quick feet. This is one foot in each hoop as quick as they can from the start to the finish.
10. They will then run to the pylon and run around it and then straight past the end zone rope, and yell "Touchdown!"
11. They will throw the football to the next participant in the first line, and join the end of that line.
12. The participant who caught that football will start to go through the obstacles.
13. To make it competitive, have a race between the different groups.
14. To make it longer, you could set up two sets of those obstacles in a straight line, parallel and opposite to each other.
15. Half the participants start at one end of the obstacles, and the other half will start at the opposite end of the other set of obstacles. When the first participant in each line goes through all the obstacles, they will throw the ball to the first participant in the next line.
Have a defender (leader) in front of the end zone, and the participants have to run around the defender to get into the end zone.
Have the second set of participants standing a lot further back from the "throwing pylon". The participant with the football can kick the football in the air to the participants, or put it on a cone, and then kick it to the participants.
Create different obstacles, depending on the skill level of the participants, space and equipment.
Sources: Developed for the Leisure Information Network.
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