Excuse Yourself by Dominick Smyth

4+

A playful exercise intended to encourage participants to speak up for themselves if they are not happy with what happened. This ties in with self-refereeing when players need to speak up if they notice a rule being broken.

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Setup:

All participants begin on one side of a line.

Rotation:

Players move from one side of the line to the other under direction from teacher/coach.

Step 1

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  • Teacher/coach introduces an unreasonable exercise that everyone will be required to do (ie 100 burpees) unless they can provide a unique reason why they should be excused.
  • Any reason should be accepted, the more creative the better!
  • After giving a reason, the teacher/coach should excuse the participant and direct them to move to other side of line.

Pre-Requisite Drills:

None

Tips:

  • Dominick Smyth says:

    This exercise is purely about encouraging participants to speak up for themselves if they spot something they aren't happy with. Teacher/coach should thus be ready to encourage any hesitant/shy participants to speak up and know they will be listened to.

    Reasons can include "I'm going to the gym later", "I have training tonight", "I don't like burpees", "It's Wednesday". Again, any reason is to be accepted as long as the participant speaks up with their reason.

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