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Why Do We Play Small-Sided Games?
Choosing to use small teams on small fields with small goals allows every student: the chance practice his or her skills, the opportunity to make tactical decisions, to use the playing space efficiently, to play offense and defense, and to have more opportunities to score goals. Students get more touches or repetitions with the equipment, which increases their skill competence and overall confidence in PhysEd. A small-sided environment is developmentally appropriate for middle school physical education students.
This list was inspired by US Youth Soccer's "Why Small-Sided Games?" article.
Approximately 50 million students are currently enrolled in America's elementary and secondary schools (grades pre-K to 12). SHAPE America (the national professional organization for health and physical educators) is leading the effort to ensure that by the time today's preschoolers graduate from high school in 2029, all of America's students will have developed the skills, knowledge, and confidence to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activity. 50 Million Strong is a call to action for all of America's health and physical educators to unite and focus on a common purpose.
The RPE Scale
You can use the RPE Scale to help you determine how hard you are working when you are physically active. Children and adolescents should try to get at least 60 minutes of exercise in the yellow zone every day! Click here to access the RPE Scale chart we use in class.
"Children learning is a good thing.
Children moving is a good thing.
Children having fun is a good thing.
All combined = a better thing."
--Dr. Amanda Stanec
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