Skill: Hoppin
Drill: Hopping on Obstacles
Equipment needed: Four slammer pads per line
Instructors needed: 1 per Line
Description: In this drill the students will practice hopping on obstacles. Hopping from one “unstable” object to the next builds large motor skills, balance, and control.
Teaching SKILLZ:
NEUROBICS – While jumping, the students can name different colors, animals, or another age-appropriate category. This will connect the left and right hemispheres of their brain, and keep the students engaged in the activity.
VISUAL PROCESSING – The student must be able to see the slammer pads on the ground, and hop to each pad without falling over. This works on their ability to participate in visual activities, as they must see the pads on the ground and judge how far they need to jump in order to get from pad to pad.
Step 1
Divide your class into several lines.
Step 2 – Setting Up the Drill:
For each line, lay down four slammer pads approximately 1 foot apart in a straight line.
Step 3 – Explain the Rules:
  • You will hop from obstacle to obstacle while practicing the three rules from above.
  • The goal is to not fall as you land on each obstacle.
  • If you fall or if your feet come apart then you must start over.
Step 4 – Takeaways:
  • Work on balance after hops.
  • Work on control after hops.
Step 5
  • Continue until each student has at least two turns.
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