Lesson 1 Student-centered
Subject: Passing Time:
50 min. Level: Grades 10-12 (~ 24 students)
Equipment: 15-20 handballs,
24 cones, & pinnies.
Through guided discovery I want the students
to discover the proper techniques for performing the overhead, bounce &
pronation pass, while stationary & in motion.
Then relate these skills to a game situation.
Intro: (2 min)
Tell class that we are focusing on 3 types
of passes in handball that they will learn through guided discovery.
Warm up: (5 min) Team-Tag:
1person starts as ‘it’ & tries to
When tagged you join teams with ‘it’ &
For every multiple of 2 the team splits
& forms more groups that are also ‘it’. E.g. 4 people will split to
form 2 teams of 2.
Stretching: (3 min)
Teaching points - Overhead &
Bounce Pass: (do not tell them the points first, rather allow
them to experiment and guide them there).
1. Side of body facing target,
2. Rotate body forward, leading with
3. Hold ball higher than head to shoot
4. Should have 2 right angles: 1 with
biceps & forearm, other with triceps
& side of body.
5. Bounce pass same as above, except
pass in front of person and
bounce of floor.
Activity 1: Overhead pass -
no movement (8 min)
Twist body - try it with and without
With partner vary distance apart (8-25
ft.) and pass ball to each other.
Use any creative way you can think of.
(show some of the very creative methods).
Now attempt to pass the way you expect
it to be performed.
What is the most effective method? Why?
Use someone who is doing it correctly
to run through teaching points (1-4).
What do you notice about the pass when
you vary distance? (long = more force needed).
What are some things we can do to get
more force to increase distance?
Step forward - try it; which
foot is better?
3 steps & jump off opposite
foot. - try it.
Activity 2: Bounce pass - no
movement (3 min).
Technique for the bounce pass is the same
as the overhead pass.
Where is the best place for the ball to
bounce? Try it close & far.
Vary force, distance, & level.
Activity 3: Bounce &
Overhead pass with movement (5 min).
Safety-keep head up looking
for others and balls.
Moving in general space use either pass
Which pass works best in different situations?
E.g. far apart, person in the way, etc.
Now vary speed of receiver,
what did you notice about your pass?
Teaching Points - Pronation
1. Elbow of shooting arm at your side.
2. Quick side pass to partner (short
Activity 4: Pronation pass (4
Stand (sides facing; not front) about
6-8 feet from partner.
If you cannot turn or twist, how can you
pass to partner?
Show creative ideas. Ask which way is
Eventually get to proper technique.
Activity 5: Triangle/Square
pass (8 min).
4 people per group, 1 ball, 4 cones.
Use 3 cones to form triangle, 1 person
on each cone and defender in center.
Offense pass ball using 3 methods before
defender touches them.
Defender can touch person holding ball
or get ball when passed, if successful switch with passer.
Add other cone to form square, now one
opening and players must fill open cone next to player with ball to receive
pass (no long pass, only to sides).
Involves a lot of movement and creative
thinking by students.
Activity 6: Modified game
of handball (7 min).
No dribbling, but can take 3 steps &
2 cones close together for small goals,
no crease or goalie.
6 teams of 4, play cross court (3 courts
of 2 teams or 2 courts of 3 teams and rotate).
1. Everyone on team must receive ball
before shot is taken, or
2. minimum of 4 passes, or
3. must see all 3 types of passes.
Cool Down and Summary (5 min).
Go over technical points of each pass
by asking them questions.
Ask when and why you would use a certain
Relate to other activities.