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Over the Top


To pass a stability ball overhead the most successive times in a set amount of time

-Fundamental Movement Skills:

  • Locomotor

    • Run

  • Manipulative Send

    • Give​

-Equipment List:

-Equipment Link:

  • One stability ball per 5-6 players

-Setting Up:

  • Players stand in a line with their groups, facing the backs of the players in front of them.

  • Make sure there is enough distance behind the last player in line for someone to either go behind or stand to one side to have the group turn a corner if it gets too close to a wall.

  • Give the front player the ball.



  • On your signal to begin, the front player passes the ball overhead back to the second player in line. The front player then runs to the back of the line. Each player does the same after passing the ball back.

  • The ball is passed to the end of the line, at which point the first player is behind the last player and the players continue to pass the ball back.

  • Have the groups count each successive time the ball goes past the first player.

  • If the ball falls to the ground, the counting begins anew. Groups should keep track of the highest number of successive passes through the group during the allotted time (one or two minutes should be adequate).

-Questions & Notes:

  • Tips and Variations

    • Forward Over the Top:

      • Played the same as Over the Top except that players pass the ball forward instead of backward. This version is more challenging because the player in front cannot as easily see the ball coming.

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