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Scholars will learn movement skills through practice and implementation of these skills in game-like settings. They will be exposed to various sports with the intention of developing a love for movement and play and hopefully finding a sport(s) that they are passionate about and want to continue for life. 

The objective of this class is to introduce various sports and physical activities to scholars and allow them to develop movement skills through practice and play. 

The course includes 14 units, or sport. Each unit lasts approximately 2 weeks to allow for introduction and some practice of fundamentals along with game play. 

  1. Wiffle Ball 
  2. Capture the Flag 
  3. Soccer 
  4. Kickball 
  5. Volleyball 
  6. Handball 
  7. Basketball 
  8. Futsal 
  9. Speedball 
  10. Dodgeball 
  11. Tag Variations 
  12. Ultimate Frisbee 
  13. Flag Football 
  14. Muggle Quidditch 

Course Details

Team Sports

Eight Grade

Ninth Grade

Tenth Grade

Eleventh Grade

Twelfth Grade

Life skills commonly developed in sports such as teamwork, anticipation, decision-making, leadership, discipline, etc. are developed and discussed throughout the year within every unit. 

 Unit 1: Wiffle Ball 

Movements/Skills:  

  • Hand/eye coordination  
  • Batting skills 
  • Catching  
  • Throwing 

 Unit 2: Capture the Flag 

Movements/Skills:  

  • Running  
  • Strategizing 
  • Change of direction  

 Unit 3: Soccer 

Movements/Skills 

  • Dribbling  
  • Passing  
  • Shooting  
  • Spatial Awareness 
  • Creating Space 

 Unit 4: Kickball 

Movements/Skills 

  • Kicking  
  • Catching  
  • Throwing 
  • Sprinting 

 Unit 5: Volleyball 

Movements/Skills 

  • Bump 
  • Set 
  • Spike 
  • Blocking  
  • Jumping 
  • Landing 

 Unit 6: Handball 

Movements/Skills 

  • Dribbling 
  • Passing 
  • Shooting 
  • Spatial Awareness  
  • Creating Space 

 Unit 5: Basketball 

Movements/Skills 

  • Dribbling 
  • Passing  
  • Shooting 
  • Line to the Basket 
  • Zone Defense 
  • Spatial Awareness  
  • Creating Space 

 Unit 6: Futsal 

Movements/Skills 

  • Dribbling 
  • Wall Passing (give and go) 
  • Sole Control 

 Unit 7: Speedball 

Movements/Skills 

  • Combining hand and foot dribbling skills 
  • Throwing  
  • Catching 

 Unit 8: Dodgeball 

Movements/Skills 

  • Throwing at a moving target 
  • Catching  
  • Dodging  
  • Changing direction 

 Unit 9: Tag Variations 

Movements/Skills 

  • Evasion  
  • Change of direction 
  • Agility 
  • Deception 

 Unit 10: Ultimate Frisbee 

Movements/Skills 

  • Deceleration 
  • Frisbee throwing 
  • Frisbee catching 
  • Positioning  

 Unit 11: Flag Football 

Movements/Skills 

  • Agility 
  • Football throwing 
  • Football catching  

 Unit 12: Muggle Quidditch 

Movements/Skills 

  • Agility 
  • Strategy  
  • Throwing 
  • Dodging  
  • Chasing 

No textbooks are required for this class. 

Mr. Thiago Lopes

Thiago Lopes finishes his master’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Utah this fall, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from BYU-Hawaii. He was born in São Paulo, Brazil but his family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when he was four years old. Thiago has a deep passion for sports and played basketball and soccer competitively while growing up. He played NCAA division 2 soccer at Westminster College in Utah. He has a background as a sports performance coach and personal trainer. He enjoys teaching gospel principles through sport and exercise. Thiago was a full-time missionary sharing the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in Boston, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Lisa, are raising their daughters in Salt Lake City, Utah.