SAQ Hurdles

Hurdling is also a speed event so approach it in the same way as sprinting, just add small SAQ hurdles (facing forward, ie to the direction of running) to the layout thus:-

To improve technique and confidence, emphasize that the event is a sprint over low barriers which require minimal disruption to sprinting style.  The following process builds on good rhythm and gradually develops three strides between each hurdle,  based on the students’ natural stride length.  Away from the circuit, proceed as follows:-

1 Get all students to run over 20m. Tell them you are timing them but in fact you are counting the number of strides they take to cover the distance.  Then put them in groups based on the number of strides, i.e., fewer strides, group 1, medium number of strides, group 2,  most number of strides, group 3.

2 Set up 3 low SAQ hurdles in three lanes,  with either three long, medium or short stride lengths between the hurdles.   Run the students over them in a race conditions.

3 Gradually increase the distance and possibly change children to different groups so that children can rhythmically sprint three strides between the hurdles. Get the students to think of the ‘one-two-three’  rhythm and never stretching out to get to the next barrier.

4 If possible gradually increase the height of the SAQ hurdles.

5  Hold a piece of elastic at approximately 1.80cm  over the first hurdle so that they naturally lean  slightly forward as they go over the barriers.

6. Return to the circuit for time trials, ensuring that the distance between the two hurdles on either side of the circuit are approximately adapted so that each child can fit in three strides between them.

See instructional video below.


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