Kin-Ball – the perfect inclusive sport
Kin-Ball is described as ‘one of the world’s most inclusive sports’ and has more than 3.8 million participants worldwide.
As part of their course induction our trainee PE teachers were introduced to the game and how they can use it in their lessons.
Kin-Ball is a team sport which was created in Canada in 1986 by Mario Demers, a physical education professor. Unlike most team sports three teams play at the same time with the distinctive ball which is over 1 metre in diameter.
It can be played by mixed sex teams – in or outdoors. No special skills are required to take part making it suitable for children of all abilities including those with disabilities.
The team in possession of the ball, shout out “Omnikin” followed by the colour of another team and hits the ball. The team whose colour was called must stop the ball from hitting the ground; if it fails to do so the other two teams get a point. If a team stops the ball from hitting the ground, it has 10 seconds to hit the ball to another team, using the same procedure.
PGCE and School Direct Route Leader for Physical Education, Dr Gary Stidder said: “Not only is Kin-Ball something different it is fully inclusive for all pupils and is a great alternative to other team games traditionally taught in schools.
“Many of the group practices can promote team work, communication, problem-solving and decision-making and can be applied to the game itself.”
On this time-lapse video created by student Adrienne you can watch the Kin-Ball session: