Finger Pull - Lesson #1

Materials:

Click here to see the rules of the Finger Pull

Click here to read Finger Pull story.

Click here to see Practice Circles.

Focus:

To develop the skills in the Dene Games Finger Pull.

Safety Issues:

It is very important during the finger pull that participants lock fingers at the proper joint on their finger.

Lesson Plan

Usually at the start of this class I tell the story behind why this game was played.

Once the students understand why this game was practiced I show the video of the Finger Pull. After the video I emphasize the importance of the safe grip in the finger pull. This is very important if students do not grip properly there can be considerable damage and the game will not be enjoyed.

The first class is an opportunity for students to practice the setup of positioning in the defensive and offensive positions. In order to learn the setup students should practice both positions and it gives me an opportunity to explain the rules and for students to get comfortable. I often put students in groups of threes, depending on the size of the class, and allow students to practice both positions. This gives me an opportunity to help and assist the students.

Teacher Notes:

During the competition a bucket of ice/snow is used in case of student injury or notices some swelling in their finger.

Finger Pull - Lesson #2

Materials:

Click here to see the rules of the Finger Pull.

Focus:

To participate in the finger pull.

Safety Issues:

Emphasis should be put on the proper finger pull grip to reduce injury to students.

Lesson Plan

When students come into the gym have them remove their sneakers. Put students into groups of two and lay the mats around a circle at the center of the gym and have partners sit on the mat. Reinforce that this activity is about learning how to take part in the finger pull, not about winning. I have used circles that allow girls to participate against the boys, and I have setup two circles so boys play boys and girls play girls, this is the teacherís decision.

To begin students that are on the inside of the circle will participate in the offensive position and the students on the outside of the circle will participate in the defensive position. During this event it is helpful for the teacher to walk around and assist students with the proper procedures and skills involved in the game. Students will participate against each other. Then after the game is over the inside person moves to their left and moves to the outside of the circle and takes part in defensive position and the other student moves to the inside of the circle and participates in the offensive position. This technique can continue throughout the class.

Teacher Notes:

Clearly explain how you want the students to participate in the circle activity. This will mostly eliminate misunderstandings. I often draw this idea on a white board in the gymnasium so students can visualize the activity.

Skill: Finger Pull - Lesson #3

Materials:

Focus:

Students have the opportunity to participate in the finger pull.

Safety Issues:

Before the class begins, talk about the importance of the finger locking position and how important it is to recognize this safety concern.

Lesson Plan

Depending on the numbers of the class and whether or not you want to allow boys to participate against girls, refer to the examples of tournament schedules on this website and complete the schedule that would be appropriate for your class.

Each match is the best of three and during the match I usually allow for a maximum of 8 seconds in the defensive position, rather than 15 seconds.

Teacher Notes:

Reiterate the importance of proper finger positioning in the finger pull. Be sure to have a bucket of snow or ice for students as they complete the games to help prevent injury to the finger.