Kan Jam is Fun school phys-ed game

Looking for a new game to add to your Physical Education curriculum?

Kan Jam is the perfect indoor/outdoor activity and encourages exercise, improved coordination skills and friendly competition without physical contact. Kan Jam is already utilized in over 7,000 schools throughout the U.S. as part of the physical education curriculum. Make Kan Jam part of your school’s Physical Education game plan.

What is Kan Jam?

Kan Jam is a fast-paced, interactive team game that is easy to learn. Consisting of two target goals and a flying disc, four players, on two teams, take turns throwing and deflecting the disc as they try to score points by hitting or entering the goal. The first team to score 21 points wins the game, unless a player throws a hugely popular “Instant Win.”

Everybody’s Playing It

From school gyms to informal hallway tournaments, students across the country are brushing up on their Kan Jam moves. Because Kan Jam can be played anywhere, students can further develop their skills outside of school—at the park, on a camping trip or at the beach.

A Portable and
Low Cost Solution

Kan Jam can be set up in a matter of minutes. When Physical Education class is over, it can be rolled up and stored conveniently. Since each Kan Jam game has four players, only a few Kan Jam game sets are needed to keep your entire class active and engaged. Priced at less than $40, Kan Jam makes an inexpensive addition to your physical education program.

Meeting the Standards

Kan Jam emphasizes enjoyable and safe participation in physical activity and offers an alternative to traditional team sports that may alienate some young people. Kan Jam keeps your students moving and fosters cooperation and teamwork.

Kan Jam Allows Students to:

  • Practice basic and complex motor and manipulative skills by taking turns tossing and deflecting the Kan Jam disc
  • Apply the concept of movement by learning to anticipate the flight of a partner’s throw and then moving to that location for the deflection
  • Enhance hand-eye coordination
  • Develop physical fitness skills through regular practice, effort and perseverance
  • Analyze a partner’s performance in a movement task
  • Demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior, including mutual respect, acceptance and sportsmanlike behavior

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School Testimonials

“I would like to take a moment to express to you how satisfied we were with not only the Kan Jam product, but also the customer service that was provided, and the seamless delivery process. Our teachers and students really enjoyed the product. We look forward to working with you again in the future.Thanks!”

Baltimore County Schools

“Kan Jam is a great cooperative game I play in my classes. We use it as not only a lead up game to Ultimate Frisbee, but now with all the variations of play we have incorporated it into its own unit. My students love it and are super excited to play Kan Jam in and outdoors! It’s awesome, you can integrate fitness opportunities, teamwork skills, and social and emotional wellness. It is a ton of fun!!”

Shelly Ellis, National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year 2015

“I just wanted to take a moment and let you know how much we enjoyed our 1st year with Kan Jam. I like it because it required no prior skill level and even the most awkward students had a lot of success and fun. They were super competitive in the ‘tournament’ that we through together and they do not want the unit to end.

I would definitely recommend this to other schools—all levels!”

Julie Roccaforte – Groves Middle School

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Different Ways to Play Kan Jam in School

We love hearing from Phys-Ed teachers across the country who are finding new ways to use Kan Jam and keep their students involved in class. From Relay Kan Jam to Ultimate Kan Jam, we have heard about some very creative new Kan Jam games. Below, you’ll find 4 new ways to play Kan Jam that we think your students will absolutely love!

Kan Jam Switch –

  • Kan Jam Switch is played with similar rules to original Kan Jam with a simple twist.

How to Play Kan Jam Switch

  • After each team has a turn throwing and deflecting the disc, the teammates sprint to the opposite goal for their next turn.
  • While running to the opposite goal, if a player makes contact or disrupts the other team, this results in a loss of turn.
  • The game continues in this manner until one team scores exactly 21 points or throws an “Instant Win”

Kan Jam Relay

  • To play Kan Jam Relay, set up 2 Kan Jam courts next to each other and create two teams with at least 3 throwers lined up behind one goal, and one deflector set up at the other.

How to Play Kan Jam Relay

  • After each throw and deflect, the player who threw the disc sprints to the other goal and becomes the new deflector
  • The deflector then grabs the disc and sprints to the thrower line, hands off the disc to the next player and goes to the back of the line and waits their turn to throw
  •  Game-play continues in this way until one team scores exactly 21 points or throws an “Instant Win”

Ultimate Kan Jam –

Ultimate Kan Jam is very similar to Ultimate Frisbee, but with a Kan Jam twist. To play, goals are created approximately 30 yards apart with a designated 10 foot scoring zone, where only the deflector can enter. Many teachers will use a 30-foot rope to establish the 10-foot scoring zone around the goal.

How to Play Ultimate Kan Jam

  • Create teams of at least 4 students apiece
  • Teams pass the Kan Jam disc to each other without taking more than 3-steps while in possession of the disc
  • As the team advances toward scoring zone, the opposing team can play NO CONTACT defense
  • The defensive team can intercept or deflect passes, as long as they do not enter the opposing team’s scoring zone
  • Any time the disc hits the ground on offense, possession changes to the other team
  • The game is played up to 21 points with the team on offense scoring by throwing the disc toward the goal where the 1 deflector is in the scoring zone
  • Anytime an offensive player, besides the deflector, enters the scoring zone, possession changes to the other team and any points scored on that shot are nullified
  • Anytime a defensive player enters the scoring zone, that team receives an automatic 2-point penalty

Kan Jam Stack

  • To play Kan Jam Stack, 4 Kan Jam goals are set-up in a diamond shape, with at least two courts being created. A throwing line about 40-feet away from the goals is marked. The same scoring rules as Original Kan Jam apply.

How to Play Kan Jam Stack

  • Teams of 4-5 players are created with one player becoming the first deflector, and the rest of the team lining up to throw.
  • After each throw and deflect, the thrower runs over to the goals and becomes the new deflector, while the previous deflector takes the disc and runs back to the throwing line. The deflector then hands the disc off to the next thrower and goes to the back of the line to wait their turn
  • To score points, the disc must be deflected into one of the 4 goals
  • Once a disc is deflected into a goal, that goal is removed from the game and the team then chooses a new way to align the remaining goals (as long as each one is touching at least one other goal.)
  • Once the disc has been deflected into all 4 goals the team yells “Kan Jam”
  • The first team to yell “Kan Jam” is the winner
  • There are no “Instant Win” shots in Kan Jam Stack

Use Kan Jam in Math, Science and ESL Class

Kan Jam is played in Phys-Ed classes in over 5,200 schools across the US, and we have now created Kan Jam Academy, which is a comprehensive teaching and learning system that teaches students math, science and English, using Kan Jam MINI.

The lesson plans in Kan Jam MINI Academy are designed to follow the current teaching standards for grades K-5, and all of the lesson plans, teaching manuals and diagrams can be downloaded by clicking the links below.

The Lesson Plans include:

  • Mathematics
    • Kan Jam MINI by the Numbers –
      • Adding
      • Subtracting
      • Multiplying
      • Dividing
      • Percentages
      • Measuring
  • Science
    • Learn the science behind Kan Jam through
      • Physics
      • Chemistry
      • Graphing
      • Engineering
  • ELA
    • Exploring the Story of Kan Jam through
      • Comprehension
      • Vocabulary
      • Themes
      • Writing skills

The Kan Jam Academy learning system combines the fun of Kan Jam MINI and the standards of the Common Core into a new learning system that is sure to keep children engaged.

To learn more about the Kan Jam Academy, please download the sample teaching materials by clicking the links below. To learn more about the Kan Jam Academy and/or to purchase materials for your class, please email contact@kanjam.com or call (716)703-8354.

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