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Karen McQuigge from Hamilton, Ontario submitted this nice activity for grades 4-6.


Background: Schlockey has been a resounding success in Ontario for promoting fun, participation and reducing playground incidents. Former CIRA-Ontario President, Patrick Doyle, is one of the founders of the game and is one of the game’s biggest supporters.

How to Make a Schlocky (Box Hockey) Game: You’ll need a sheet of 4′ x 8′ by 3/4″ pressure treated plywood, 28′ of 2″ x 6″ pressure-treated lumber (2 lengths of 8 feet and 3 lengths of 4 feet), and lots of 3″ galvanized wood screws. Cut out a 3″ high by 4″ long rectangle in the two end pieces and two rectangles in the center board as shown.

How to Play: This is a one-on-one game. Each player selects a side and a direction in which to shoot. The object of the game is to use a stick (3′ length of an old broom handle) to hit the puck into your opponent’s goal. This scores one point. To begin the game, the puck is placed on the top of the center board. The players then touch sticks three times, saying “N…H…L or 1…2…3.” At the third tap they go for the puck, which will fall into one side. The players then shuffle back and forth, trying to shoot the puck through their opponent’s end hole.

Safety Rules:

1. There are no “high sticks” or swinging of the sticks.
2. There are no jamming of sticks into the holes or blocking of a hole with a stick.

Other: We also have a rule that the students can play only one game and both players must change if there are other players waiting in line. In Canada, our elementary schools will have numerous sets of the Schlocky boxes for the students to play during recess or during physical education.

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