Balance walk heel to toe forward

Equipment

For this task, you’ll need, 2 pylons placed 2 metres apart (or a 2-metre line on the floor)


Instruction

“I want you to walk “heel-to-toe” from one pylon to the next while keeping your balance. Walk as quickly as you can while keeping your balance. Walk from here to there while keeping your balance. Ready? Walk now.”


Rating System

Developing 

Initial 

Presence of numerous major gaps in execution

  • Loses balance repeatedly
  • Does not use arms to balance
  • Poor or inconsistent placement of feet from step to step

Emerging  

Limited number of major gaps, but able to execute basic sequencing of the task

  • Able to demonstrate features of balance control
  • Tentative stepping action
  • Non-fluid
  • Major balance control problems during stepping
  • May lose balance once or twice in all steps

Acquired 

Competent

     Basic level of execution with minor sequencing errors

  • Able to maintain balance through all steps
  • Shows good foot placement, but may be slow
  • Exhibits minor balance control problems through some of the steps
  • Upper limb wavering may be evident

Proficient  

     Overall proficiency is depicted by the quality of the movements

  • Quickly walks along the line in a fluid continuous motion
  • Very minor balance adjustments may be evident at ankles
  • May be slight upper limb wavering

Assessment Example

Stacy, a former high-performance gymnast, owns a gymnasium where she runs various introductory gymnastics classes. She enjoys watching the young boys and girls who come to her classes and experience the various gymnastics skills while developing their physical literacy. Her current group is all seven- and eight-year-olds, and today she's assessing their balance by having them walk forward from heel-to-toe.

As Rudy steps up to the first pylon and begins walking heel-to-toe toward the other pylon, he starts out tentatively and his first couple of steps are unbalanced and lack fluidity. However, as he gets moving, Rudy maintains balance and a composed body posture.

Stacy sees that as Rudy's confidence in the activity builds, so too does his speed. However, as he goes faster, he's also more prone to wobble. Rudy does a pretty good job of using his arms for balance, but when he begins to wobble, he tends to flail.

Stacy places a mark under “Competent” but closer to “Emerging” because when Rudy takes his time and goes slow, he handles the task well and displays fairly well-developed technique.