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Athletics 365: Section 15 - Challenges

15. Relay

Running in Teams requires cooperation (working together) and good communication. Athletes need to learn how to communicate with each other in order to achieve success as a team.

Athletes should practice exchange the baton with both the right and left hands and should practice both passing and receiving the baton. When exchanging the relay baton, the baton should always travel down the middle of the lane with athletes exchanging from the right hand (incoming runner) to the left hand (outgoing runner). On the next change the baton will change from left to right hand and so on.

Coaches should always teach the push pass relay exchange method.

Red

Please note, this video covers Red, Yellow & Green Challenges

Stage 1 Red Challenges

15a) Complete relay challenge as part of a team.

15b) Co-operate with others in a team.

Yellow

Please note, this video covers Red, Yellow & Green Challenges

Stage 2 Yellow Challenges

15a) Change baton with visual exchange in stationary position (both hands).

15b) Use voice command for receiving partners.

15c) Receive baton/object safely in stationary position (both hands).

Green

Please note, this video covers Red, Yellow & Green Challenges

Stage 3 Green Challenges

15a) Change baton with non visual exchange in stationary position (both hands).

15b) Pass baton (stationary) using basic 'push pass' technique.

15c) Receive baton (stationary) safely using 'Push Pass' technique (both hands).

15d) Do all of the above at walking pace.

Purple

Stage 4 Purple Challenges

15a) Change baton with non visual exchange at jogging pace (both hands).

15b) Pass baton (jogging) using basic 'push pass' technique (both hands).

15c) Receive baton safely (jogging) using 'Push Pass' technique (both hands).

15d) Stand in the correct position within the lane so as to avoid collision.

Blue

Stage 5 Blue Challenges

15a) Demonstrate confidence in unsighted exchanges at speed (running pace).

15b) Pass baton at 'Fast Stride' pace using 'push pass' technique (both hands).

15c) Receive baton safely at 'Fast Stride' pace using 'Push Pass' technique (both hands).

15d) Work within a team to develop performance.

Black

Stage 6 Black Challenges

15a) Accelerate rapidly away from an incoming runner.

15b) Catch an accelerating runner during relay changeover.

15c) Exchange baton in designated zone.

15d) Able to exchange baton on bend.

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