What IS Slammo (Spikeball)?
In the summer of 2016 our Physical Education program ordered eight Slammo sets in order to start a new unit. Now, many may be asking, why are you referring it to "Slammo" and not "Spikeball"? Essentially, they are the same exact games, but with a limited PE budget we found great reviews on the Slammo set, which is significantly lower priced than the original Spikeball set. Nothing against Spikeball, it is still considered Spikeball, but this was our only option. It has been a wonderful option!
How to Play
My students start out by watching this video, and reading through the rules guide. Before we start the unit they have to complete the "Spikeball Pre-Unit Quiz", which I have open for students to take under my Schoology account. This helps give kids the crucial background information of the game and rules prior to entering my class on the first day. Plus, if any students are missing, it is a great way for me to not have to explain the rules multiple times while leaving other kids who have been present in class bored.
Lead Up Skill Work and Games
How I Organize Class/Games?
I like giving my students the choice to how they would like to play. First, I have them sign their names up for either a Tier A or Tier B group. Always reminding them that Tier A means "I feel like my skill is very high in this game and I would like to be competitive with others who feel the same". Tier B meaning, "I am still working on improving my skills, and I do not want to be with others who are very competitive". This usually works out great in my classes, and I then modify the game for Tier B, such as you may let the ball bounce once with your partner compared to the volley rule. I use www.printyourbrackets.com/ as a resource to organize games and tournaments.