Lesson 11 – 30 minutes

Learning outcomes

  • Attempt or perform a crouching beach sprint start.
  • Attempt or perform a beach sprint finish.

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

CROUCHING STARTS

  • Take the ‘on your mark’ position.
  • Hand positions slightly more than shoulder-width apart.
  • Front foot approx 30cm back from start line.
  • On ‘set’ lift hips, rotate shoulder forward and ensure weight is on the hands.
  • Eyes looking 20-30cm down.
  • Track for ‘ready’ position.
  • On ‘Go’ push off front foot.
  • Keep low with head down for up to 10m.
  • Come to upright sprinting position.

Demonstrate

  • Demonstrate the crouching beach sprint start technique while discussing each of the steps.

Activity 1

  • Start by setting up a beach sprint start line by drawing a line in the sand and marking it with cones.
  • In manageable groups have participants line up on the start line.
  • Use ‘Take your marks’ – ‘Get set’ – ‘Go!’ to have participants practice their skills.
  • Repeat for up to 10 times until the skills become second nature.

Coaching Points

FINISHES

  • Keep head back looking past the finish line.
  • Lean forward from hip so chest crosses the line first.
  • Do not dive across line.

Demonstrate

  • Demonstrate the beach sprint finish technique while discussing each of the steps.

Activity 2

  • In manageable groups have participants line up 20m from the finish line (which was the start line for the first activity).
  • Have participants practice their skills by finishing over the line.
  • Repeat for up to 10 times until the skills become second nature.

Activity 3

  • Set up another line 40m away from the practice line already in place.
  • Split the participants up into groups of 8 for some beach sprint races.
  • Line them up on the start line one group at a time.
  • Start each group using ‘Take your marks’ – ‘Get set’ – ‘Go!
  • Repeat 3 or 4 times

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