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To set the stage for an active life-style, it is best that basic skills are developed during early childhood. In order for children to participate successfully in organized and competitive youth sports programs, they must have entry-level skills. The GirlSports Basic kit is now available in both of the Volunteer Resource Centers. Several Service Units have also purchased it. The kit contains activities for different skill levels. A Junior level kit is being developed and should be available this membership year.

GirlSports Basics for Daisy and Brownies

Below are some activities from the kit for your troop to try:

Musical Hoops
: Place several hula hoops on floor or ground (or make circles with jump ropes). Give girls ONE instruction such as run, walk, hop, etc. Girls move around outside the hoops. When music stops (or leader says STOP, girls must get into a hoop. Remove one hoop and continue until all girls must get into one hoop (even if it is only her foot!) There are no losers in this game and the objective is cooperative play.

Mouth of the Whale:
Place a hoop or rope circle on the floor for the "mouth". Using anything soft, toss item into the whale mouth. After each toss, retrieve item and step farther back each turn. (Item: beanie baby, koosh ball, yarn ball, wadded newspaper ball) The objective is to practice underhand throwing.

"How to teach a Game"

(from Games for Girl Scouts)

Get Ready...
  1. Make sure there are no health or safety issues for your girls.
  2. Understand the rules yourself before beginning.
  3. Have all necessary equipment.
  4. Establish boundaries for the game.
  5. Anticipate and eliminate any hazards in the play area.
  6. Have a plan to organize teams quickly and fairly.
Get Set...
  Get the girls’ attention before beginning to give instructions. Use the quiet sign, form a circle or use a whistle if outdoors.
  1. Give name of game and its purpose. Share any special information such as its origin.
  2. Describe the game briefly, giving basic rules.
  3. Demonstrate the game with a small group.
  4. Ask for questions before beginning.
  5. Have clear-cut start and finish lines.
  6. Have the group agree to follow the rules given. Write them down or have a referee. Rules can change during the game to make it better if the group decides ahead of time to adjust the game if warranted.
  7. Decide with the group on a definite starting signal. If a relay, make sure girls know how each succeeding player is to start.
  8. Take a break, refresh the rules if necessary and ask the group to suggest ways to improve the game if needed.
  9. Stop when enthusiasm is still high but make sure everyone has had a chance to be "it" or have a lead.

Check the Volunteer Resource Center for sports related programs and kits to borrow. Books on sports and games are also available.

Girls can earn a variety of patches and badges related to sports. Check out the handbooks.

If you have a program or idea to share, please post it on the GSCB Forum.

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