Class format: Small group
Organizational pattern: Students with and without disabilities work in small groups of three. The group will be throwing at a jack ball placed 12 feet (3.7 m) from a basketball baseline.
Equipment: Ramps; boccia balls or 6-inch (15 cm) slightly deflated playground balls, tennis balls, softballs, or 6-inch (15 cm) Nerf balls; chair
Description: Place a jack ball out on the court at least 12 feet (3.7 m) from the throwing area (baseline of a basketball court). Position a ramp on the baseline facing the jack ball. A student without a disability is seated on a chair next to the student using the ramp and positioned to throw at the jack ball. The student using the ramp has two balls, and the student seated in the chair has one. The student using the ramp throws first in an attempt to block the path of throw of the opponent in the chair. The student in the chair throws second and tries to beat the block and position closer to the jack ball. The student using the ramp throws third and tries to get closer to the jack than the student in the chair did.
Extensions: The activity can be played at various distances to the jack ball using various sizes and types of balls. Additional throws can be added as students’ skills improve.
Inclusion suggestion: The game can be repeated in stations around the gym with all students using homemade ramps and folding chairs.
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