Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Physical
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
Time Requirement: 

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Gymnasium (large indoor space)
  • Outdoor - Field

Fundamental Skills: 

  • Dodge
  • Run

Get participants active and burn energy while having fun at the same time.
Other Skills:


A pylon (Cone)
A ball (medium size)

Set Up: 

The cone and ball go on one end of the gym (THE BALL GETS PLACED ONTOP OF THE CONE).
If the gym/room has lines on the floor use the line closest to the wall as the base line and put the cone and ball approx. 5 feet in front of the line.

Step by Step: 
  1. Split the group into 2 even teams one team is the cops (they go behind the line closest to the wall by the diamond [ball]) the other team is the robbers (they go on the other side of the gym behind the line closest to that wall)
  2. The objective for the robbers is to get the "diamond" and run back their side without getting caught by the cops
  3. The cops objective is to protect the "diamond" from the robbers


  1. If a cop runs past the line they are behind they MUST try and catch a robber. If they do not catch a robber then they are out. If they do catch a robber than the robber is out and the cop is still in the game. 
  2. If the robber drops the "diamond" the game is reset
  3. Once the diamond is successfully captured, the teams switch roles (cops become robber and robbers become cops).
Safety Considerations: 

Shoelaces are tied.
Participants are watching where they run.
Remove any obstacles or hazards.


Have a time limit for the robbers to steal the "diamond". If they don't get it in the designated time, then the teams reverse roles. 
If a robber is tagged, they join the cops, and if a cop does not tag a robber, they become a robber.

Adaptations (General): 

Learning- start off with simple rules, gradually adding different criteria to make the game more difficult, once the concept and objectives are understood.

Sensory: a partner can direct the individual, using verbal cues.