Below are Frequently Asked Questions about the PE Central Challenge. We start with the general questions about how it works and registration and the include specific questions about each challenge task.
What do you get when you register?
- All registrants will receive a $25 eGift Card from our Sponsor, S&S Discount Sports (expect delivery via email in 2-4 weeks, one per registrant)
- Upon completion of the program, you can order Challenge award pins using your $25 eGift Card at the S&S Discount Sports website
- For additional pins, you can get 15% off plus FREE shipping on orders over $25. Use offer code B4263 when ordering. (non members do not receive this special offer and free shipping)
- Log in UN and PW so you can change your personal information at any time
- Cost for additional pins are only $1.01 each using the special discount (non members pay $1.19 per pin)
- Frequent email communication from Mark Manross, Executive Director, updating you on dates things need to be completed, etc.
How much does it cost to register?
$25.00 per teacher.
What grade levels are the Challenge designed for?
We tested the challenges with 4th and 5th graders but you can change the challenge tasks to make them appropriate for younger or older kids.
Is there a time period that the challenges must be completed in? Or can we work them into our schedule?
We prefer that you let us know all of your pin totals by the end of June. However if that is not possible we can work with you to mail out the pins at anytime. Call us at 540 953 1043 for more information.
Can teachers/schools from countries outside of the USA register?
Unfortunately the program is only for teachers in the USA.
When will I get my pins after completing the PEC Challenge?
Our friends at S&S Worldwide will mail the pins using UPS after we receive your order.
What are the cost of the pins?
For registered member all pins are $1.00 each. Non-members can purchase pins for $1.19 each.
How will PE Central know how many gold, silver and bronze pins I will actually need for my children?
For members you will tell us via the S&S Worldwide website when you come back to order pins. For non-members you will send us an order form with a check and we will mail right away.
What if I teach at more then one elementary school?
Each teacher registrant, not school, can register for the Challenge. Therefore you will not be able to register twice if you are the same teacher at two different schools.
I am not a registered user of the Challenge. When can I purchase pins for this years PE Central Challenge?
The printable order form to use for ordering pins is available on the PE Central Challenge Web site. The cost is $1.19 per pin.
How do I contact the staff at the PE Central Challenge?
The best way is to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mark Manross at 540-953-1043.
What are some ways I can incorporate the Challenge into my program so it doesn't take away from the time I need to teach the other aspects of my curriculum?
There are a number of things you can do that allow you to incorporate the Challenge into your program without it taking over all of your time. We have compiled these ideas at the Teacher Tips/Ideas page.
Do we accept registrations via email, postal mail, or fax?
No. You must register online.
Can the children I teach who are physically challenged participate in the PE Central Challenge?
Yes, by all means. You can take the challenges and modify them to meet your and the child's needs and abilities. In the past we have had a number of teachers who taught children with multi-handicaps and they participated in the Challenge. Click here to see how she adapted the challenges for her students.
Who can verify that the children have passed the individual challenges?
The teacher who signed their students up for the Challenge would have the main responsibility for this. In addition, classroom teachers or parent/student volunteers can do this too. We invite you to use our Tracking Sheet to help with this. Feel free to make as many copies of this as you wish.
FAQ's About Specific Skills Challenges
For the Balance Shuffle challenge, do the students have to remain standing to complete the Challenge?
No, the students may come up with any solution for passing each other. Just as long as they stay on the board without touching the ground they are OK. We hope you encourage your students to find a myriad of different ways to pass each other successfully to complete this challenge.
For the Balance Shuffle challenge, do the students travel on the 2-inch side of the board or the 4-inch side?
The students need to travel on the 4-inch side of the board.
What about youngsters who do not pass four or more of the challenges and therefore are not eligible for a pin?
There is a certificate that a teacher can "download" and then print as many copies as needed for the children at that school. We hope teachers will provide a participant certificate to every youngster who attempts the PE Central Challenge.
For the Partner Throw and Catch can the participants use any type of ball? Also, can they use a baseball/softball glove?
Any type of ball can be used to complete this challenge but it can't be done with a baseball/softball glove. As it states this must be completed using the hands as the catching agent.
For the Hula Hooping Challenge, can the hoop be bigger than the 30"-32" size?
Any size hoop is fine--whatever works best for your youngsters.