Baseball Brain Blasts – Top 5

1) Single, Double, Triple – 1, 2, 3

  • Set-up: Create a diamond using 4 cones, spots, or desks (about 10 steps in-between each).
  • Procedure: All students stand near the “home-plate” cone/spot. All students will compete against another student.  To compete, make a fist with one hand (or two hands for intermediate grade levels).  Shake hand(s) down holding a fist twice and on the third shake show a number of fingers (1-5).  The first student to add (or multiply) both numbers wins the match.  If you win a match, move to first base or chance it and try for a double.  To chance, compete against another student at home-plate.  If you win one chance, then move to second base or chance again.  If you lose a chance, you start over.  If you move to a base, then compete against another student who is also at that base.  If you win at first base, move on to second base.  If you lose at a base you have a choice to chance or wait.  If you chance, then compete against another student immediately.  If you lose a chance, you are “out” and must return to home-plate and start over.  If you wait, do 5 exercises.  If you lose after “waiting” you are left with the two choices (chance or wait again).

 

2) Show Me the Sign

  • Set-up: Create groups of 4-5 students. Designate certain body signals a point value (use your creativity).  For example, touching nose = 5 points; brushing elbow = 10 points.
  • Procedure: Once student in each group is designated as the coach/manager. The remaining group members are the base runners so they run in place while watching the coach.  The coach then shows various body signs and movements (like a baseball coach/manager) incorporating some of the point value signs throughout.  After 30 seconds, stop and allow the players to guess the correct answer.

 

3) Baseball Galore

  • Set-up: Have all students stand in personal space
  • Procedure: Shout out various baseball plays and then allow students 10-20 seconds to act out each movement. For example: “Hit a homerun;” “Catch a pop fly;” “Pitch a fastball.”

 

4) Pop-fly Storyteller

  • Set-up: All students need a piece of paper and pencil/pen.
  • Procedure: Provide students with a story starter (i.e. “Once upon a time, in a faraway land there lived a…”). Give students 1 minute (or so) to begin the story.  After time is up, have students crumple their paper into a ball.  Instruct students stand make eye contact with someone else and toss their balled paper to each other.  Students turn and repeat the process with another partner.  They continue this until the teacher yells “NEXT INNING.” At this time, the students keep whatever paper they have, sit down and continue the story.  Repeat this process nine times (9 innings).  Remind students in the last inning to bring closure to each story.

 

5) Hot Baseball/Potato

  • Set-up: Pair students with a tossable (bean bag or balled up piece of paper)
  • Procedure: Designate a category (see below). Students play catch with the “ball” saying aloud something from the category without repeating. When the teacher yells “You’re Out!” the student holding onto the “ball” scores 1-point and the other student scores 4-points.  Play a few rounds having students keep track of their scores.  Have them add their scores together (note: all groups scores should be the same!).
    • Categories: Can be anything! Words that start with letter “B”; two-syllable words; anything that is red; fruits/vegetables; states/capitals; etc.

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