Jump

Equipment

For this task, you’ll need 2 pylons (5 metres apart) 


Three young children preparing to jump

Instruction

“I want you to jump from this pylon to the next. I want you to jump as best you can. Please jump from here to there. Ready? Jump now.”

 

 


Rating System

Developing 

Initial 

Presence of numerous major gaps in execution

  • Does not perform a two-foot jump
  • Performs an offset landing or takeoff with staggered feet
  • Unable to perform more than one jump in a row

Emerging  

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

  • Able to jump but exhibits inconsistent distances each jump
  • Upper body may be rigid
  • Arms not participating in jump motion
  • May show balance control problems during task

Acquired 

Competent

     Basic level of execution with minor     sequencing errors

  • Performs a continuous jumping action from start to finish
  • Limited arm action
  • Lower body triple flexion (hip, knee, ankle used for propulsion)
  • Distance travelled is limited (less than one full step)
  • Speed may be limited due to limited jump distance

Proficient  

     Overall proficiency is depicted by the quality of the movements

  • Jumping distance is substantial (length of body)
  • Evident lower body triple flexion (hip, knee, ankle used for propulsion)
  • Arm swing evident and propulsive
  • Fluid start and stop
  • Speed of transport is very good

Assessment Example

Barry coaches a youth football team that consists mainly of 12-year-olds. One of the boys playing this year, Kyle, is an accomplished track athlete and swimmer, so Barry imagines Kyle's physical literacy will be well developed. Even still, Barry makes a point of gauging all his athletes' levels of physical literacy at the start of the season by using PLAYfun. He has Kyle perform the jump task.

The first thing Barry notices is how well balanced Kyle is. Kyle is able to perform a continuous jumping action from start to finish, leaving with and landing on both feet evenly. He uses his arms well to help propel his jump. As well, Kyle's body appears to be relaxed and not rigid at any point during the task.

One weakness in Kyle's technique is the way he tends to jump for height instead of distance. Barry figures Kyle travels less than one full step per jump, and because of the amplitude of the jump, Kyle's speed is also hindered. Barry places a mark under “Competent” near the halfway mark.