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Games make getting in shape fun

Coach Richard Esposito shows students how to bowl.

Coach Richard Esposito shows students how to bowl.

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Sure, PE means the usual stuff: sit ups, push-ups and games like basketball and soccer.

But Coaches Richard Esposito and Ryan Alvarez like to mix it up, too, with bowling, field hockey and games like Ultimate Frisbee and Kan Jam.

Already this year, PE students have learned about and played seven sports: volleyball, basketball, soccer, flag football, bowling, hockey and Ultimate Frisbee, in which players toss the Frisbee to each other different ways.

Alvarez’s favorite sport is hockey, which PE students play in the gym with a plastic puck, No skates.

“It takes a lot of different skills to learn it,” Alvarez said.

For bowling, the coaches set up “alleys” with plastic pins all over the gym. The bowling balls are made of hard rubber.

In Kan Jam, the object is to throw the Frisbee into the can and get as many points as possible.

The cans, one on each side of the basketball court, have a slot on the side and are open on top. You and your partner each stand by a can. If you get your Frisbee inside your partner’s can unassisted, you win. If your partner slaps it in for you, you get points toward a victory.

The unit for each sport last 2-4 weeks, and includes both lessons and practice. Students also work toward a certificate in Presidential Fitness, which requires them to track their improvement over time in a series of exercises.

“Presidential Fitness Week is my favorite because it’s cool to see students progress,” Esposito said.

 

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