Overview: In this event we will aim to develop springiness and raise children’s awareness of how to do this effectively.
- Organise children into pairs (A and B), each child holding a marker. Each pair stands behind a line. A stands with toes just behind the line. A jumps forward, both feet together, with only slight bend at knees. B places marker where A’s heels land. B then jumps and A places marker.
- A starts with knees bent in an approximate sitting position. Then jump forward landing one two feet together. B adjusts A’s marker to where heels have now landed. Reverse, ie B jumps and A places marker.
- A starts from standing position, then lowers into almost sitting position, then immediately drives up and forward into a jump, landing on two feet. B moves marker to where heels now finish. Reverse; B jumps, A marks.
- A at starting position, raise arms in the air. Lower arms at the same time as the knees bend into near sitting position and then drive up and forward to land on two feet. B replaces marker.
- Raise arms again, swing back and up, then back and up again at the same time as bending knees and then driving up and forward into the jump to land in a bent knee position with hands on floor in front to stabilize. B places marker behind heels. Reverse.
(Once this is mastered, jumps can usefully be measured to encourage progress.)
See instructional video below.
Lay two gym mats end to end and mark with tape at 1m, 1.25m, 1.50m, 1.75m and 2m. Take off is from the floor with toes just touching the mat. Each child has a practice jump and then two measured trials. Heels must clear the tape. If any other body part touches the mat (ie a hand) measurement is taken from that point.
2m or better 5 points
1.75m 4 points
1.50m 3 points
1.25m 2 points
1m 1 point