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Specsavers ‘Virtual’ Sussex School Games 2020

Let the Games continue…

The Specsavers ‘Virtual’ Sussex School Games is an exciting programme of sport competition running throughout the summer term, giving children the chance to represent their school team, alongside their friends and family, to be crowned Sussex champions. What it’s about, how it all works, and how to get involved, can be found by clicking here.


This week’s sport is… Netball & Basketball

Welcome back! We hope you had a great half-term and are ready for the next Specsavers ‘Virtual’ Sussex School Games sport, which is Netball & Basketball. Complete all four challenges and log your top scores. There are some suggested adaptations below, along with some coaching tips.

Practice and improve, and log your best scores on www.sussexschoolgames.co.uk by midday 12pm on Friday 5 June. Good luck!

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Challenges

Click on the challenge for the description, adaptations and coaching tips.

Challenge 1: Netball Star
 

 

Challenge Description

Set up 5 cones as per the diagram below. The outside cones should be 2 metres from the middle cone.

You will also need a partner to feed you the ball, who should stand 4 metres from the middle cone, to one side. Your partner will not move.

Run from the middle cone to each of the outside cones in turn, collecting a pass from your partner, and returning the ball with a chest pass or shoulder pass. Then return to the middle cone. You should always be facing your partner, moving forwards, backwards, and side to side.

You should try and land on your outside foot (the foot furthest from the middle cone).

Once you have completed a pass from each cone, and returned to the middle cone, you have completed 1 full star circuit.

How many full star circuits can you complete in 60 seconds?

 

Scoring

How many full star circuits can you complete in 60 seconds?

 

Suggested Adaptations for Space/Equipment

If you don’t have cones, you can use other objects such as shoes or tins.

You can use any type of large ball. If you haven’t got a large ball, be creative.

 

Adaptations for Inclusivity

This challenge can be completed in a wheelchair, on your knees, or by shuffling on your bottom.

 

Coaching Tips

  • Be ‘netball ready’, so up on the balls of your feet, ready for action
  • Good quality, accurate passing will speed you up
  • Keep your eye on the ball. Never turn your back on the ball

 

 

Challenge 2: Netball Pivot

 

Challenge Description

Place 2 cones, 2 metres apart.

Starting at the first cone, run to the second cone, jumping and landing. Perform a netball pivot on one foot, making sure that you don’t lift this foot, to face back towards the first cone.

Repeat this, moving back and forth between the two cones, jumping, landing and pivoting each time.

How many pivot landings can you do in 60 seconds?

 

Scoring

How many pivot landings can you do in 60 seconds?

 

Suggested Adaptations for Space/Equipment

Shoes and tins make great cones.

If you don’t have a tape measure, a large adult stride is approximately 1 metre.

 

Adaptations for Inclusivity

This challenge can be completed in a wheelchair or crutches, and instead of pivoting, move round the cones in a figure of 8 shape.

If you are unable to jump and pivot safely. Just stop at the cone, turn and come back the other way.

 

Coaching Tips

  • Time your jump to land next to the cone
  • Land on your pivoting foot first, and use the other to balance and push yourself round to then face the direction you have just travelled from
  • Cushion your landing by bending your knees

 

 

Challenge 3: Basketball Target Throw

 

 

Challenge Description

Place a cone on the ground at your feet (starting cone), and 3 target cones in front of you; 2 metres from you, 3 metres from you, and 4 metres from you.

Throw a ball from your starting cone, trying to hit your target cones.

2 metre cone = 1 point
3 metre cone = 2 points
4 metre cone = 3 points

How many points can you score in 60 seconds?

You must use the same single ball, so your speed to retrieve the ball and get back to the starting cone will influence your score.

 

Scoring

2 metre cone = 1 point
3 metre cone = 2 points
4 metre cone = 3 points

How many points can you score in 60 seconds?

 

Suggested Adaptations for Space/Equipment

If you don’t have cones, you can use other objects of a similar size, such as shoes or tins.

You can use any type of large ball for this challenge. If you haven’t got a large ball, be creative.

 

Adaptations for Inclusivity

This challenge can be done seated with a partner retrieving the ball where necessary.

 

Coaching Tips

  • Feet shoulders width apart to gain good balance
  • Keep your eyes on the target
  • When releasing the ball, extend your elbows out and flick your wrists on the follow-through
  • For more power, bend and straighten your legs at release

 

 

Challenge 4: Basketball Dribbling
 

 

Challenge Description

Place 2 cones 4 metres apart. Bouncing the ball with only one hand at a time, dribble around each cone.

1 dribble is completed by dribbling from the starting cone to the second cone AND BACK.

How many dribbles can you complete in 60 seconds?

 

Scoring

1 dribble is completed by dribbling from the starting cone to the second cone AND BACK. So count each time you return to the starting cone.

How many dribbles can you complete in 60 seconds?

 

Suggested Adaptations for Space/Equipment

Shoes are a great alternative for cones. If you don’t have a basketball, any type of bouncy ball will do.

If you have limited space, you could always reduce the distance by 50% to 2 metres, but remember to also reduce your score by 50% before submitting.

 

Adaptations for Inclusivity

This activity can be completed in a wheelchair, or by shuffling on your bottom.

 

Coaching Tips

  • When dribbling, bounce the ball at waist height
  • Dribble using your fingers, not your fingertips
  • Try to always look forwards when dribbling

 

You can download a PDF version of the challenges here.


This week’s training prize is for… Teamwork

Every week we have a £50 Amazon voucher to give away, to somebody training hard and displaying the characteristics of a top athlete.

Teamwork is working together to achieve a shared goal, which is important in sport and in all walks of life. The very best teams learn to cooperate and support each other, to achieve success. Learning to work as part of a team will help you achieve your goals in sport and in life, whilst developing key skills such as character, communication, friendship and trust.

‘The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team’ (Phil Jackson, Basketball Coach)

A great team player will support and encourage their teammates. How can you incorporate teamwork into your training this week?

 
Share your training pictures and videos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or TikTok with the hashtag #SussexSchGames for your chance to win.
 
Note: Please ensure that you are following the rules when it comes to age restrictions on social media. Photos/Videos must be shared from an appropriate account. It is strongly advised that content is shared from a parent/carer’s account, or from a school account with parental permission. Photos/Videos from underage accounts will not be eligible for this prize.
 
Deadline: 12pm on 5 June. The winner will be selected at random from posts across the platforms.

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What’s the Specsavers ‘Virtual’ Sussex School Games all about?

For all of the key information, including the calendar of ‘virtual’ sports taking place, please click here.

For more information please contact:

Ed Bartram

Ed Bartram

Events Officer

Ed delivers the Sussex Sports Awards, School Games, Parallel Youth Games & Active Sussex Network meetings, Annual Partner Conference & AGM.