Ultimate Football

  1. Ball Games
  2. Readiness Games
  3. Recess Games
  • Large Group (10 and up)

  • Grades 3-5

  • Balls

  • 10 minutes or more

Development Goal

To develop teamwork, cooperation, verbal communication and eye-hand coordination.

Before You Start

  • Use the cones to create boundaries and make sure there are two end zones.
  • Divide the group into two even teams.
  • Have one player from each team do Rock Paper Scissors to determine who has possession first.
  • Line both teams up on each baseline of the field.

Set Up

Open Area

How to Play

  • On the leader’s signal, the team starting on defense throws or kicks the ball (depending on skill level) to the offensive team.
  • One player from the offense either catches the ball or picks it up where it lands, and tries to pass it to one of his/her teammates.
  • When anyone on either team has the ball, s/he can only use one pivot foot to move. They cannot take steps or run with the ball.
  • The offense tries to advance the ball down the field with passes, and scores a point if one of the team members catches the ball in the end zone.
  • The defense tries to block or knock down the ball during a pass to gain possession.
  • The defense must stay a step back from the offensive player and may not touch that person.
  • If a ball is knocked down or intercepted, play of the game is switched and the defense now becomes the offense, heading toward their end zone.


  • Use different colored jerseys to differentiate the teams, as directions change often in this game and players may get confused.
  • For those just learning the game, allow one or two steps when they are throwing the ball.