Drill: Earthquake
Equipment needed: One slammer pad and kicking pad per line
Instructors needed: 1 per Line
Description: In this drill the students will practice their balance while kicking. The students will stand on a large pad and kick a target while an instructor shakes the pad and challenges the student’s balance even more. This will help them build better balance and gross motor skills in their legs.
Teaching SKILLZ:
EXTRINSIC MOTIVATION – If the student falls off from the pad, then the student has five squat jumps.
RESPONSE INHIBITION – The students must be able to kick while the ground underneath them is unstable. This works on their ability to perform a task despite distraction, the distraction being the pad shaking as they are kicking.
Step 1
Divide your class into even lines.
Step 2 – Setting Up the Drill:
For each line you will need an instructor to place a large pad on the ground and sit behind it. A second instructor will hold a clapper target in front of the pad.
Step 3 – Explain the Rules:
  • You will begin kicking the clapper target alternating legs.
  • While you kick, the instructor behind you will try and shake the pad to challenge your balance.
  • Your goal is to do up to ten kicks without falling off balance.
Step 4 – Takeaways:
  • Focus on good kicks
  • Maintain good balance on your standing leg
Step 5
  • Continue until each student has at least three turns.
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