Diabolo Tricks Link

  • Start by setting the diabolo on the string and then on the floor to your right.
  • Set the diabolo in front of your right foot, stand up and move to farther to the right if possible.
  • The farther the diabolo is set to the right of you, the more spin possible. (Note: lefties will need to set the diabolo to the left)
  • Before rolling the diabolo, stand pointing your sticks at the diabolo off to your left. The string should be hanging from sticks to diabolo. If not position the diabolo even farther right.
  • Roll the diabolo across the floor in front of you. Start your roll slow, but accelerate faster as the diabolo moves left.
  • As the diabolo reaches a point in front of you (before your left foot’s position); gently lift the diabolo up with both sticks.
  • The diabolo should be spinning counterclockwise.
  • Try to center the diabolo and begin to pull harder with the Right handstick.
  • Practice goals are to reach a medium speed without causing the diabolo to swing wildly after the pickup.


  • Once you know how to get the diabolo spinning, the next problem is to keep it from tilting.
  • If the diabolo’s near cup is tilted down toward you, put your right stick forward. You can keep pulling with your stick forward to keep your speed up as you correct.
  • If the diabolo’s near cup is tilted up toward you, put your right stick back. You can keep pulling with your stick back to keep your speed up as you correct.
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Skill Practice/Activity: Group Juggle

Setup and Equipment:

  • A variety of balls and other objects can be used. Doing  a bounce pass with a basketball is a good place to start. Students are spaced out around a square grid such as a four square floor design.


  • Team of players are set up at the corners and lines outside of a four square floor design. For larger groups everyone will need to take a step or two back to accommodate everyone.
  • The first player passes a ball to someone across from them (Note: Not next to them unless they are the last player)
  • The second player passes the ball to someone across from them.
  • This continues until everyone has the ball at least one turn.
  • It is important to remember who passes you the ball and who you will be passing to.
  • To learn names, you can also have students call out the name of the person they are passing to.
  • After your team can successfully pass the ball in a continuous fashion, the starter may add another ball.
  • Additional balls can continue to be added as long as the team is successful.

Tip for Success: Do not watch the ball – watch the person that passes you the ball.

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Frog Pond

Setup and Equipment:

  • Six groups of students are lined up relay style at one end of the gym.
  • Set a pail with beanbags at the opposite side of the gym.  Put the poly spots in a circle surrounding the the pail. Put the 5 point spots closest to the pail, the 10 point spots go next. The spots that are the most challenging are the 20 point spots which are placed the furthest out.
  • 20 points for yellow – 20 points for green
  • 10 points for red and blue
  • 5 points for purple- 5 points for orange
  • Each color team (6 teams) has it’s own beanbag and may only throw and retrieve that beanbag.


  • On the start signal one player from each team takes their beanbag to a spot and tries to throw it into the pail in center of gym. One foot may be on the spot and the the other foot must be behind the spot.
  • If the player makes it into the pail, they will pick up the poly spot and take it back to their team. If a player misses the pail, they just run and pick up the beanbag and return it to the next player on their team, then go to the end of the line.
  • Play continues until all of the spots are gone. Players may want to add up their points at the end of the game.
  • The most fun wins!
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Skill Lesson 1: One Ball

1. Throw and catch using one hand, then the other
2. Throw with one hand and catch with other
3. Throw, clap, catch with other hand
4. Throw, clap, clap, catch with the other hand
5. Throw, clap under leg and catch with the other hand and so on
5. Throw, turn all the way around and catch with other hand, etc.

Skill Lesson 2: Two Balls

1. Start with two balls in your favorite hand, throw one up, when it gets to the top, throw the other one
2. Throw around in a circle, throw the first one out toward the side, when it peaks throw the second in the same arc, keep them going in a circle
3. Throw in circle from outside to the center
4. Do each of these 3 moves with the other hand
5. Hold a ball in one hand, throw the first across like a big letter “x”, when it gets to the top throw the second up and across the other way; catch the first, pause, catch the second


Skill Lesson 3: Three Balls

Start with 2 balls in your dominant hand. #1 is held loosely on the finger tips, #2 is in the other hand and #3 is deep in the dominant hand.

Throw #1, Throw #2, Catch #1, Throw #3 and let #2 and #3 fall

Throw #1, Throw #2, Catch #1, Throw #3, Catch #2 and let #3 fall

Throw #1, Throw #2, Catch #1, Throw #3, Catch #2, Catch #3


Challenge: Under the leg and behind the back can be used to start a juggling sequence.

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Arctic Wind Hoops

Setup and Equipment:

  • Each member of a Color Team (red, purple, green, yellow, orange, green) stands inside of a hula hoop that is the same color as their team (if possible).
  • Hula Hoops are spread around the floor.
  • Students move their hoops by making short steps from within their hoops.


  • The teacher calls out a color team and announces that this color team is the “Arctic Wind”.
  • This designated color team attempts to tag others by bumping their hoop into a different color hoop.
  • Once a hoop is tagged that student stands frozen with arms extended.
  • They may be unfrozen with a “high five” or a hoop tap from one of the teams that is not the “Arctic Wind”.
  • Each turn will take one-two minutes.
  • Continue until everyone has a turn.
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