Phys-ed: American Idol Flag Football

Synopsis:

Three people are the American Idol judges.  The judges are trying to take away people’s tickets. The last couple of people with their flags on are “going to Hollywood”. The judge with the most flags is Simon Cowell. Perfect for 30 minute phys-ed periods.

Note, it is good to introduce the game as a lead-in to football. If you have the flags, you represent a player with the ball trying to avoid a tackle. The judges represent the defense, trying to tackle a player.

Grade/strand: 4-8, Active Participation

  • Grade 4: participate vigorously in all aspects of the program (e.g., lead-up games, creative dance);
  • Grade 5: participate vigorously in all aspects of the program (e.g., gymnastic stations, fitness circuit);
  • Grade 6: participate vigorously in all aspects of the program (e.g., cross-country running, co-operative games);
  • Grade 7: participate vigorously in all aspects of the program (e.g., three-on-three basketball, aerobics);
  • Grade 8: participate vigorously in all aspects of the program (e.g., three-on-three basketball, aerobics);

Grade 7 Fundamental Movement Skills

Manipulation Skills

  • intercept objects (e.g., balls, Frisbees) while moving in various directions and at different speeds;

Number of players required:

  • Two teams of 5-10 players per team, depending on size of the playing surface and/or class

Equipment needed:

  • The games can take place in a gymnasium or on a field of any shape.
  • All participants (except 3 or 4) must wear flag-football flags.

Rules and/or directions needed to play the game:

  • The flags remain on the participants hips.  There is no blocking or covering them.
  • The judges cannot hold on to the participant or their clothing in order to grab their flag.
  • When you lose both your flags, you become a judge too.
  • Participants can steal each other’s flags.

 

Citation:

I adapted it from regular flag football that I had played in gym class to fit into a grade 7 football unit.

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