Tag: simon scarborough

  • Bounce Ahead Activity: Street Squash

    Post by Jordan on March 2nd, 2012

    Suggested Age: 7+
    Players: Divide into teams
    How to Play:
    Throw the Street ball against the floor so it bounces against the wall and returns. Opponent must catch the Street before it bounces (or after 1 bounce if no bounce is too difficult). Players should agree on the width of the court, how close they are allowed to the wall (usually 1 meter away), and a throw line (usually about 4 meters from the wall) to stop the ball from being thrown too far back.

    Throw against the wall first, then the floor. Catch before the 2nd or 3rd bounce.

    • Play 1v1.
    • If playing 2v2, alternate throws.
    • 3+ players. As players drop the ball or do not reach it in time, they lose a life. Each player starts with 3 lives and when they lose all 3, they withdraw from the game until only 2 players are left to compete for a victory.
    Street Corner

    Similar to street squash, but played in a corner. Street is thrown into the corner and must bounce off both walls and the floor. The opponent has to catch the street before it hits the floor a second time. Watch the video here: Street Corner

    Activity created by Simon Scarborough, PE teacher at Culverhay in the UK. To read more from Simon, please visit his blog – Excellence Through PE.
  • Introducing Bounce Ahead!

    Post by Jordan on February 29th, 2012

    We have some exciting news. Soon, Waboba will be bouncing into schools! Waboba has already made its debut at Culverhay School in Bath, UK with Head of PE, Simon Scarborough using Waboba in his PE lessons. We loved Simon’s lessons so much, that we teamed up with him to develop Bounce Ahead! Bounce Ahead! includes many different activities with Waboba balls, the Street and Flyer that PE teachers, coaches, instructors, and even camp leaders can use when looking for news ways to engage their students and players.

    We’ll be officially launching Bounce Ahead! into the physical education world at the AAHPERD convention in Boston March 14-16th. We’ll be at booth 425 and welcome any and all to come by and learn more about how they can use Waboba in school or after school. Attendees can also sign up to receive 2 free sample products of their choice and a copy of Bounce Ahead, which includes 15 different activities for starters. We hope to include many, many more activities with the help of PE teachers around the world!

    In the meantime, for more information on Bounce Ahead! please visit, waboba.com/BounceAhead or check back here for more activities posted under the category “Bounce Ahead.” Of course, we welcome you to share your own Waboba activities and lessons with us to be featured on our blog/website for a chance to win more Waboba balls for your class!

    Check out Simon’s first blog post and activity with Waboba to see where it all began.

  • Bounce Ahead Activity: Waboba Golf

    Post by Jordan on February 29th, 2012

    Suggested Age: 7+
    Waboba Used: Pro, Extreme, or Surf
    Players: Divide into pairs
    How to Play: Set up a golf course with floating rings in the pool. Use color-coded rings to set up a point system. Players have to bounce the Waboba and land it in the ring to score points. Play until all players have completed the course. The pair with the most points wins.Players may coach and encourage one another to work together to score points.

    Game Variations:
    Set up different sized rings to make it easier or harder. Example: Hula hoops for beginners.

    Driving Range:

    • Divide the end of the pool into zones using lane ropes.
    • Pupils are challenged to land the Waboba in a particular zone.

    Nearest the Pin:

    • Pupils have to bounce the Waboba as close to the end wall as possible.
    • Disqualified if the Waboba hits the wall / bounces out of pool.
    • Use a floating object to use as a pin.

    Additional Game Variations:

    • Restrict number of bounces allowed
    • Play consecutive shots until you hit the target

    To read more from Simon, please visit his blog – Excellence Through PE.

  • Bounce Ahead Activity: Olympic Challenge

    Post by Jordan on December 12th, 2011

    Suggested Age: 7+
    Waboba Used: Pro, Extreme, or Surf
    Players: Groups of 10
    How to Play:
    • Assign 5 players to re-create the Olympic rings each holding a pool noodle*.
    • The other 5 players have to bounce the Waboba through the rings to score. 2 throws per player.
    o 1 point – bounce through any bottom ring.
    o 2 points – bounce through any top ring.
    o 3 points – bounce through any verbally predicted ring
    • Once all 5 players have thrown, they switch places with the ring holders so they have a chance to score.
    • The group with the most accumulative points wins.

    *Players holding the noodle must be made aware of the incoming Waboba!

    Decrease Challenge
    Increase number of rings and/or decrease distance from rings
    Increase Challenge
    Restrict the number of bounces the Waboba can make and/or increase distance from rings.

    To read more from Simon, please visit his blog – Excellence Through PE.

  • 10 Tips to Improve Your Waboba Skills

    Post by Jordan on November 28th, 2011

    Don’t let their age fool you. 14-year-old students taught by Simon Scarborough at Culverhay School in the UK developed 10 tips on how to master Waboba. The game is played at an indoor pool with goals on opposite ends.

    1. Pass to players over 5m away as it is difficult to bounce at short distance.
    2. Look to pass the ball up the pool quickly.
    3. Shoot from anywhere if possible.
    4. If you can’t shoot, pass to someone who can shoot (to most likely player able to socre, based on position in relation to the goal and if they are being marked by opponent or not).
    5. Goalkeeper pass to midfield or attack (not defender).
    6. Play a target player about 10m away from the goal. Get the Waboba to him as soon as possible to shoot.
    7. Difficult to shoot from close range because ball tends to bounce over the goal if thrown with power.
    8. Rotate positions so you can develop a range of skills.
    9. Waboba’s travel further when bounced than when lobbed through the air.
    10. Bounce the Waboba just in front of the goalkeeper. The bounce can make it more difficult for them to react to and save.

    To read the full post, visit Simon’s blog – Excellence Through PE.

    What other tips/skills would you suggest?