Coaching Association of Canada

Catch Up If You Can

Stage of Activity 



1 ball per pair of athletes 


10-20 minutes

Number of People


How it Works

Athletes start in partners on large playing area. One partner rolls the ball as hard as they can.

As they release the ball, the other partner moves backwards and tries to catch it before the ball stops rolling. If the athlete tags or stops the ball before it stops by itself, they receive one point.

The first partner catches up and they reverse roles, repeating the activity.

If rolling is too easy, then partners can drop kick, throw, or kick the ball.

If moving backwards is too difficult, then players can move forwards.


Reaction time, speed, object retrieval, tracking


Coaches can vary locomotor movements, object manipulation skills, and playing area boundaries to increase or decrease difficulty.