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Athletics 365: Section 14 - Challenges

14. Hurdles

The ability to run over obstacles such as canes, foam wedges and hurdles requires rhythm and control. Athletes should also look to run over obstacles with speed and agility. 

Athletes should demonstrate good posture as per running technique throughout hurdles progression. Shoulders and torso (body) should be aligned with the direction of travel (facing forwards) throughout the hurdle progressions. Coaches should ensure athletes use both right and left lead legs when completing these challenges.



Stage 1 Red Challenges

14a) Rhythm Run over low obstacles (cane) without hesitation.

14b) Sprint (not jumps) over obstacles (cane).


Stage 2 Yellow Challenges

14a) As Red 14a, but with increased height (SAQ low hurdle).

14b) Complete obstacle course showing rhythm, control and agility.

14c) Sprint over and between obstacles, using a consistent stride length and pattern.

14d) Sprint straight down the line of obstacles.


Stage 3 Green Challenges

14a) As Yellow 14a, but with increased height (SAQ tall hurdles/ Sports Hall Low hurdles).

14b) Maintain good basic running technique when sprinting over obstacles.

14c) Use a 3 stride pattern between hurdles within hurdle grid.

14d) State a 'lead leg' preference when sprinting over hurdles.

14e) Active use of arm action to aid running speed over hurdles.


Stage 4 Purple Challenges

14a) As Green 14a, but with increased height (Sports Hall Medium hurdles).

14b) Understand that stride patterns determine which leg clears the hurdle first (lead leg).

14c) Show rhythm and does not ‘reach for the hurdles’.

14d) Demonstrate confidence in leading with either leg to sprint over an obstacle.

14e) Demonstrate a dynamic lead leg.

14f) Demonstrate a short lateral trail leg.


Stage 5 Blue Challenges

14a) Demonstrate rhythm and running efficiency over increased height and distance (hurdles grid).

14b) Identify optimal distance between hurdles to maintain 3 stride pattern (hurdle grid).

14c) Demonstrate hurdle walkover drills (low height) with good posture, balance and correct foot placement: i) Hurdle stepover; ii) Can-can; iii) Hurdle side steps.

14d) Demonstrate hurdle mobility drills with good posture and technique.


Stage 6 Black Challenges

14a) Take off well in front of the hurdle (approximately â…” of the hurdle stride).

14b) Demonstrate good linear lead leg, with knee driving straight at hurdle in take off.

14c) Drive forward more than upward at take off.

14d) Fully extend hip, knee and ankle joints at take off.

14e) Demonstrate lead and trail leg hurdle drills (run over drills) with good basic technique.



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