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Learning Intention

Pairs fly balls (a fly ball is a batted ball that is caught on the full) is a fun cooperative activity that supports players to develop the fundamental movement skill of catching.

Band Level

3 - 4, 5 - 6, Skill Development

Content Description


Skill Focus

Catching, Throwing


  • 1 soft core ball per pair
  • 1 glove per player


  1. Players form pairs.
  2. On your signal, players throw fly balls to each other for 30 seconds.
  3. At the end of 30 seconds, the player with the ball moves to form a new pair.
  4. Throwing starts again.

Change It...


  • Vary the type of pass


  • Encourage players to throw the ball over their partner’s head or out to the side


  • Keep your eyes on the ball as you move toward it
  • Watch the ball into your glove
  • After 5 successful throws within the time limit each player moves back one step


  • Encourage others to be aware of others and the space around them


  • How can you increase the number of successful catches within the time limit?
  • What do you need to do with you non-glove hand to make sure the ball stays in your glove?