Skill: CATCHING
Drill: Under the Bridge
Equipment needed: 3 hurdles and three small pads per line
Instructors needed: 1 per Line
Description: The student will crawl under and obstacle and stand up. The instructor will toss a pad and the student must catch the pad in order to crawl under the next hurdle, and so forth. This will help the students build control, gross motor skills, and spatial awareness.
Teaching SKILLZ:
EXTRINSIC MOTIVATION – If the student hits one of the bars or drops the pad, then the student will have three jumping jacks.
Brain SKILLZ:
DIVIDED ATTENTION – The student must be able to crawl without hitting the bar, as well as stand up without hitting the bar and also see the pad coming towards them and catch it. This works on their ability to focus on more than one thing at one time.
Step 1
Divide your students into lines.
Step 2 – Setting Up the Drill:
For each line you will need three small pads and three small hurdles spread approximately 3’ apart from each other.
Step 3 – Explain the Rules:
  • You are going to crawl under the first hurdle and then stand up and face me.
  • I am going to toss a pad to you.
  • If you catch the pad, then you will crawl under the second hurdle and I will toss another pad to you.
  • If you catch the pad, then you will crawl under the third hurdle and I will toss the final pad to you.
  • Continue so that each student has 3 turns.
Step 4 – Takeaways:
  • Crawl fast and strong.
  • Stand up fast.
  • Hug the ball.
Step 5
  • On the third round, you can make it a contest to see who can make it to the third hurdle the fastest. If they do not catch the pad, then they are disqualified.
 
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