Lesson 7 – 30 minutes

Learning outcomes

  • Attempt or perform a standing beach sprint start

Preparation

  • Marker cones

IMPORTANT

  • If you are not confident coaching the skills in this lesson, bring in a surf sports athlete or coach to help
    deliver the lesson

Coaching Points

STANDING BEACH SPRINT START

  • Place one foot on the line and the other foot behind them.
  • Dig the toes of the front foot into the sand for a better grip.
  • Place the opposite arm forward to the leg that is in the front position.
  • Knees slightly bent.
  • On ‘go’ drive forward off the front foot.

Demonstrate

  • Demonstrate the correct standing start technique

Activity 1

Set up an area for the lesson to be conducted.
1. Set up a start line using marker cones.
2. Line the participants up behind the start line (if you have a large group, then create smaller lines behind each other).
3. On the command ‘take your marks’, participants take their position on the line.
4. Place one foot on the line and the other foot behind them.
5. Dig the toes of the front foot into the sand for a better grip.
6. Place the opposite arm forward to the leg that is in the front position.
7. On the command ‘get set’ participants lean forward with arms ready and look towards the finish line.
8. On the command ‘Go’ participants push off from their back foot and swing their arms hard and fast to help accelerate.
9. Repeat the starts ten (10) times.
10. Have participants try using a different foot forward to feel the difference and choose which leg forward is
faster for them.

Activity 2

  • Incorporate skills into games and relays to practice.

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