Campaign for the Popularization of Sports among Junior High and Elementary School Students
Department in Charge
Ministry of Education, Taipei City Department of Education, Taoyuan County Department of Education, Chiayi City Government
1. Nationwide implementation of the first and second stage of gymnastic exercises in the context of the nine-year integrated curriculum for first to third graders and fourth graders, respectively.
2. Nationwide implementation of Tee Ball for fifth and sixth graders
3. Nationwide implementation of relay races for seventh to ninth graders (junior high school)
This program is implemented to ensure that junior high and elementary school students get into the habit of regular exercise and to improve their physical fitness. In particular, it is aimed at students who don’t like exercising to give them a chance to experience the joy of sports
This popularization campaign focuses on team sport disciplines that are popular, creative, interesting, safe, dynamic, easy to learn, and convenient to organize. Contests are held at three different levels: inter-class, inter-school (within the same city or county), regional (nationwide).
On February 16, 2009, the Ministry solicited suggestions from all county and city governments regarding which disciplines should be promoted. The results of this survey show that gymnastic exercises for first to fourth graders and relay races for fifth and sixth graders make up 40% and 24% of all suggestions, respectively, while five-person soccer and Tee Ball for fifth and sixth graders account for 20% and 12%. As for junior high school students, three-person basketball was the most suggested discipline with 48%, while 24% recommended relay races. In view of the fact that gymnastic exercises for first to fourth graders are the most implemented activity in all cities and counties, it was selected as the main item for first to fourth graders. Moreover, in line with the Baseball Revival Program, Tee Ball was promoted as the main discipline for fifth and sixth graders, while relay races were selected for seventh to ninth graders (junior high). The implementation details for each item are as follows:
I. Gymnastic exercises:
1. Formation of class teams which participate in intra-school preliminary contests and city/county-level second-round contests. In view of the young age of the contestants, it is not advisable to force them to travel long distances. The nationwide tournament is therefore conducted in form of regional finals including:
Northern Taiwan(Keelung City, Taipei City, Taipei County, Taoyuan County, Hsinchu County, Hsinchu City, Ilan County, Hualien County, Kinmen County, Penghu County, and Lienchiang County in Fujian Province)
Organizer: Taoyuan County Government
Central Taiwan(Miaoli County, Taichung County, Taichung City、Changhua County, Nantou County)
Organizer: Nantou County Government
Southern Taiwan(Yunlin County, Chiayi County, Chiayi City, Tainan County, Tainan City, Kaohsiung County, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, Taitung County)
Organizer: Yunlin County Government
2. Scheduled date of nationwide regional finals: May-June, 2011
(1) Gymnastic exercises for first, second, and third graders: Actions and music as specified by the Ministry of Education for the first stage of gymnastic exercises in the context of the nine-year integrated curriculum
(2) Gymnastic exercises for fourth graders: Actions and music as specified by the Ministry of Education for the second stage of gymnastic exercises in the context of the nine-year integrated curriculum
The six highest ranked teams in each category receive awards. The number of awards may be adjusted based on the number of participating teams in each region
II. Tee Ball:
1. Formation of class teams which participate in intra-school preliminary contests and city/county-level second-round contests. The national tournament is scheduled for Sat, April 16 and Sun, April 17, 2011 on the baseball field in Yingfeng Park in Taipei City
The tournament will follow the rules of the Taiwan Teeball Association. Each match lasts six innings. If the game is tied, extra innings will be played. If no winner has been determined after 50 minutes, it will be counted as a tied game.
(1) The six top-ranked teams in each category will be presented with trophies and award certificates on behalf of the Ministry of Education as a reward
(2) One MVP who will receive a special souvenir will be selected in each category
(3) Design of a baseball bat display stand; the names of counties/cities and schools who won the championship may be engraved on the bats (e.g., first tournament ____ County/City______Elementary School) to keep the spirit of baseball alive. If a county/city wins three championships in a row, the respective county/city will be permitted to retain the trophy in perpetuity.
III. Relay races:
1. Formation of class teams which participate in intra-school preliminary contests and city/county-level second-round contests. The national tournament is scheduled for April, 2011 in the Chiayi Municipal Track and Field Stadium
Each relay team consists of 20 members (the first 10 female, the remainder male). Every team member has to run 100 meters for a total of 2000 meters.
The eight top-ranked teams in each category will be presented with a trophy and an award certificate for each team member. The top three athletes will also receive medals as a reward.