Chain gang races

Objective: To practise running with the ball and working as a team.

Age range: Chain Gang Races is suitable for children from the age of four but I’ve used it with all age groups, even 13-year-olds, and they all loved it!

Set up:

Mark out two lanes about 20 yards long and five yards wide.

Place a large cone or pole at one end of each channel.

The players are divided into two teams and start at the opposite end.

How to play:

The first player dribbles a ball up the channel, around the cone, and back to their team mates.

The starting player then links arms with the second player on their team and they dribble the ball up the channel, around the cone, and back to their team mates.

An extra player joins the chain gang each time, until all the players are in the chain.

The whole team must negotiate the course and the turn without breaking and must keep the ball under control.

If, at any time, the chain breaks, players must start again from the line without adding an extra link.

Play five rounds and see which team wins the most races.

Progression: One or more players in the chain gang must dribble a ball.