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Boxes on a Basketball Court

Jan 2015

First Published: Tuesday 27-Jan-2015 4:34 PM, Edited: Tuesday 27-Jan-2015 4:34 PM
Author: Gary Black

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This is a whole group activity

kids on beam

Here is a simple whole group activity you can do with young children - the idea here is to minimize wait time when you have limited equipment.

We are going to use the setup to practice our landings, but you could just as easily use the setup for cartwheels, or any other skill.

In the middle of the basketball courst setup 6 boxes, end to end along the center line.

Students line up in six lines, with each line behind a box.

When you say go, the leader runs up, jumps, and lands on the box. They freeze.

When you say go again, they jump off, and freeze.

When you say go for the third time - they run to the end of the court, around the outside of the court, then back to the end of their line.


See our earlier article on teaching landings.


Example activities to get you started...

  • Jump On, Jump Off
  • Jump on, running landing off
  • Jump On, Star Jump off
  • Jump On, Tuck Jump Off
  • Star jump on, tuck jump off
  • Choose your own jump on, jump off

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About Gary Black...

Gary Black

Advanced Silver Mens Gymnastics Coach, Intermediate Womens Gymnastics Coach, Intermediate Kindergym Coach.

Gary began running gymnastics programs in schools in 2003. Initially as a casual staff member with another company, whilst studing teaching at Deakin University; and quickly becoming one of their managers. Gary went on to own what was the sole Victorian franchise of that company.

Whilst with that company, under Gary's leadership, Victorian customers enjoyed quality, reliability, flexibility, and understanding.

In mid 2014, to be able to better service the changing needs of schools, Gary decided to move away from a restrictive franchised business, and started Gymnastics 4 Hire, determined to keep the high standards that customers had come to enjoy, and to provide a service specifically tailored to the customers needs.