School in a Book: Essential Skills: Physical Education

No one is saying you need to become an all-star. But learning the basics of a wide variety of sports helps you understand your options and, almost certainly, find something you will enjoy long-term.

For each of the activities below, learn the basic rules of the game, experience playing the game multiple times, and learn proper form for as many of the skills involved in the game as possible. (This is particularly important with swimming and running.) YouTube videos are an invaluable resource for this.

Important Physical Education Skills

  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Running
  • Roller Skating
  • Ice Skating
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Sledding
  • Yoga
  • Hide and Seek
  • Capture the Flag
  • Tag
  • Sardines
  • Dodgeball
  • Kick the Can
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Frisbee
  • Keep Away
  • Billiards/Pool
  • Snorkeling

Other Physical Education Choices

  • Gymnastics
  • Dance (including square dancing, line dancing, ballet, jazz, tap, swing, ballroom, rumba, hip hop, salsa, and tango)
  • Parkour
  • Rock climbing
  • Martial Arts
  • Diving
  • Weight Lifting
  • Wrestling
  • Snow skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Water skiing
  • Wake boarding
  • Surfing
  • Sailing
  • Rafting
  • Golf
  • Table Tennis/Ping Pong
  • Pickleball
  • Cricket
  • Wiffleball
  • Skateboarding
  • Surfing
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Jump Roping
  • Wrestling
  • Canyoneering
  • Horse Riding
  • Polo
  • SCUBA diving
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Shooting
  • Archery
  • Raquetball
  • Squash
  • Handball
  • Hang Gliding
  • Paragliding
  • Kite Flying
  • Rodeo Sports
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Rowing
  • Auto Racing
  • ATV Racing
  • Dune Buggying
  • Go-Kart Racing
  • Aerobatics
  • Parachuting
  • Foosball

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