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Athletics 365: Section 7 - Challenges

7. Coordination - floor movement patterns & footwork (all travelling)

Coordination skills such as throwing, jumping and evening hopscotch require your brain and body to work together to create the correct movement smoothly. Coordination like balance is important for every event, every movement and in every sport.

It is assumed that all challenges are completed, where appropriate, with both lead legs and/or both directions. Athletes should always maintain good posture and core positioning for each challenge.

Red

Stage 1 Red Challenges

7a) Side-step with left foot lead and then right foot lead (feet meeting in the middle).

7b) Gallop by facing forward with 1 foot in front of the other.

7c) Side-skipping with left foot lead and then right foot lead (feet hip width apart).

Yellow

Stage 2 Yellow Challenges

7a) Grapevine, travelling sideways with a crossover step in front and then behind.

7b) Skip forwards with 90° knees lift, opposite 90° elbow drive.

7c) Hopscotch forwards, alternating hopping on 1 foot with 2 footed jumps.

Green

Stage 3 Green Challenges

7a) Combine side-steps with 180° front pivot and then reverse pivots, staying in lane.

7b) Skip backwards with 90° knees lift, opposite 90° elbow drive.

7c) Hop-scotch to alternate feet.

7d) Hopscotch backwards.

Purple

Stage 4 Purple Challenges 

7a) Combine side-steps with 180° pivots alternating between front and reverse pivots.

7b) Speed Skaters forwards.

7c) Hopscotch, with same knee drive, travelling forwards then backwards.

Blue

Stage 5 Blue Challenges

7a) Combine side-steps with a cross-over step.  Accelerate on the cross-over step, de-accelerate on side-step.

7b) Side-step with 180° pivots, combined with upper body swinging arms across body and then extended out in rhythmic pattern.  Front pivot first, then reverse pivot and finally alternate pivot.

7c) Hopscotch, with alternate knee drive, travelling forwards then backwards.

7d) Speed Skaters forwards with arm swings rotation.

Black

Stage 6 Black Challenges

7a) 3 step zigzag with each sequence forwards and backwards.

7b) As Black 7a with increased speed.

7c) Speed Skaters backwards.

7d) Hopscotch with single knee drive, alternating between forwards and backwards every 2 jumps by using a 180° jump.

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