Exercise and physical activity is just as important for teenagers as it is for children and adults. Teens are often more difficult to engage than children, and therefore the activities should be fun and stimulating, and promote social interaction to attract their attention and interest. These physical education games can be played during a PE class or at home with family and friends to keep your teens active.
Kickball is a fun physical education game that is similar to baseball. The game is played on a baseball diamond or large field where three bases and a home plate have been marked. Divide into two even teams of five players or more. One team takes the field with a player at each base, a pitcher and a catcher. The other team lines up to kick. The ball is pitched by rolling it towards the kicker who then tries to kick the ball. After the kick, the player runs the bases. Play continues until the team has three outs. Teams alternate kicking and playing the field for as many innings as desired. The team with the most points wins the game.
Kabaddi originated in Southeast Asia and is a team game that promotes physical activity. The game can be played outdoors or indoors and requires only a large playing area. Players divide into two teams of equal numbers, and the playing field is split in half. Each team takes a side. A raider is designated by each side and is sent across the center line. Only one raider can be in play at one time. The raider must chant "Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi" continuously, without taking a breath, while they are across the line. Their goal is to tag players on the opposite team. They must return to their side before they run out of breath. Any player tagged is out. The teams take turns sending raiders back and forth until one team loses all their players.
Dodgeball is a physical education that can be played by teens in an indoor gymnasium. Two teams are formed and each team takes one half of the court. Each team is given two or more rubber balls that they throw at opposing players. If the ball hits the target, that player is out of the game. If the target happens to catch the ball, the player who threw it is out. Play continues until one team has lost all of its players.
Ultimate Frisbee is a good game for teens that requires coordination and teamwork. Two teams of seven players each choose one end of a playing field. A goalie is designated on each team to protect the end zone. Players pass a Frisbee down the field in order to reach the end zone. Once a player catches the Frisbee, she must stop running until they have thrown it on to another player. To score a point, a team member must catch the frisbee while standing in the opposite teams end zone. The game ends after a designated time period ends or a score is reached. The team with the most points wins the game.