Skill: Kicking
Drill: Don’t Knock the Pad
Equipment needed: 3 slammer pads per line
Instructors needed: 1 per Line
Description: The student will turn their body and side kick a slammer pad while kicking over a stack of slammer pads. This will help the students build control, gross motor skills, and spatial awareness.
Teaching SKILLZ:
TRICKERY – The instructor can say “go” to prompt the students to kick, while saying words that sound like “go” (like ghost) as well in order to enhance the student’s auditory processing.
VISUAL PROCESSING – The student must be able to look over their shoulder and spot their target, while looking out for the tower and making sure they don’t knock it over.
Step 1
Divide your students into lines.
Step 2 – Setting Up the Drill:
For each line you will need two slammer pads stacked and an instructor holding a slammer pad on the other side of the stacked pads.
Step 3 – Explain the Rules:
  • You are going to start with your back facing the instructor’s slammer pad.
  • You will turn and kick the pad with a side kick.
  • You will do this four times, switching legs each time.
  • Your goal is to kick the pad without your foot or knee hitting the stack of pads below your leg.
  • Continue until each student has 3 turns. – On the second turn, have the student start over if their foot hits the pad
Step 4 – Takeaways:
  • Chamber high
  • Make sure you re-chamber
  • Don’t swing your leg
Step 5
  • On the third turn, make it a contest to see who can kick the pad four times in a row the fastest without their foot touching the pad.
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