Monday, 6 February 2012

Discover Hantis: Physical Activity or Physical Education

During my regularly scheduled twitter time I came across this tweet by @ThaxtonMarshall “@phys_educator I teach students Hantis 101 & 102 from YouTube, then set up tables and watch the magic happen.

I thought to myself what is Hantis? So I watched these videos and found out.

In class we discuss the difference between physical activity and physical education. Is Hantis a physical activity or can it be part of physical education? Let us look at the curriculum to see if it can connect to any outcomes.

What Movement Activity could Hantis fall under? Is it a target game? Or could it be low-organizational and inventive game? There is a target in which the tennis ball must hit to ‘score a point’ but it also requires little organization. (4 tables and 1 tennis ball) I personally would classify Hantis as a target game because there is a target in which must be met in order to ‘score a point’ against the other team. The reasoning for the quotation around 'score a point' is that I believe that this game can be done without keeping score and can be done to build relationships with all those members playing.

 In the Grade 5 Physical Education Curriculum outcomes

ü  5.5 Complex manipulative Skills: Refine manipulative skills used in increasingly complex movement activities such as lead-up games, including: hand dribbling can be seen in the video.

ü  5.6 Performance Refinement: Apply performance cues, movement variables, tactics, and principles of practice in complex movement activities to improve the performance of self and others.  The body fakes, change of speed, change of direction, keeping the body low while moving are all examples of successfully achieving this outcome and is done by involving your students in a game of Hantis.

ü  5.7 Skillful Play: Refine, alone and with others, selected movement skills, tactics, and strategies while participating in: small sided and lead up target games. The students during a game of Hantis must distinguish between effective and ineffective individual and small group offensive and defensive tactics.

After successfully connecting Hantis to the SaskatchewanCurriculum I would say Hantis could be part of Physical Education classroom. This new discovery of a game involving hand eye coordination, defensive/offensive strategies and movement variables, such as Hantis, can create a new environment for your students that move away from the regular sports (volleyball, basketball, table tennis, etc.). Hantis can be a lead activity to other movement activities such as net/wall games. It could be a developmental area for table tennis, badminton, etc.  Hantis can be very valuable in my opinion to any physical education classroom.

Do you think Hantis can be part of physical education classroom or would you classify it as a physical activity?


  1. I think that this just blew my mind. This looks like so much fun and I want to try it. Someone bring a tennis ball on Thursday and we can play in the library? Jk. But I think this is for sure physical activity and agree it may be a low organized sport and something that is not well known or often played but it definitely ties into the curriculum and unlike speed staking there is much more movement and physical activity going on. I think for sure this would be considered physical activity.

  2. I want to try this sometime too! Just think of all the skills we could be learning.

  3. This looks like lots of fun. I think it would help improve physical fitness, would help students with sending and receiving and anticipating where the ball will go and help students improve their sportsmanship and relationships. You wouldn't have to keep score at all and if you didn't want people to be out, you could just rotate with the same 4 people to get a different perspective on the playing field. I think this could be physical education as well as physical activity.

  4. Thanks for sharing this, Harmony! It's something I'd like to try. I believe you provided valid ties to the Saskatchewan Curriculum. It is also something new and exciting for students (as I doubt any have heard of it). This activity would be a great way to develop gross motors skills and hand eye coordination too!