Run, jump, then land on two feet


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


 “I want you to run, jump at the pylon and then land on two feet. I want you to run, jump and land on two feet the best you can – just like a long jump. Ready? Go now.” 

Rating System



Presence of numerous major gaps in execution

  • Not able to sequence the leap from one foot during the run
  • Very tentative in all sequencing of movements
  • Twists trunk or performs a twirling action
  • Lands on a single foot
  • Low speed and distance travelled 


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

  •  Segmented action between the run, jump and landing
  • Exhibits offset landing or multiple contacts on landing 



     Basic level of execution with minor     sequencing errors

  • Able to leap from one foot to land on two feet
  • Limited distance travelled
  • Slow running speed (jog)
  • Transition from jog to leap may not result in loss of speed
  • Upper body remains vertical during entire task to ensure landing


     Overall proficiency is depicted by the     quality of the movements

  • Able to accelerate to a good speed, shift from a single leg (hop) with smooth transition
  • No loss of speed
  • Powerfully drives body upward with hip action of opposite leg and toe off of planted foot
  • Aerial phase shows re-orientation of body for landing with arms moving forward
  • Very good distance travelled
  • Well controlled landing on two feet

Assessment Example

Janice coaches the athletics team at a local elementary school. She wants to know how physically literate the children are, especially those who plan to participate in the upcoming track and field meet, so she decides to use the PLAYfun Tool to assess their movement skills. Janice has a group of eight-year-olds do the third running task: Run, jump, then land on two feet.

Janice is immediately impressed by Peter's technique. He is not tentative during his run, and he leaps off one foot well. Though he sometimes lands on one foot slightly before the other, Peter is pretty coordinated in terms of getting both feet involved in the landing.

One thing Janice notices, however, is that while Peter does have a fast run up, he doesn't get as much distance on the jump as Janice thinks he should. She sees that, though he lands fairly square, Peter tends to twist his trunk a bit when he's in the air before he lands. Although Peter's technique is developed in certain areas, the twisting, the lack of distance and the fact that he doesn't land with two feet every time causes Janice to put a mark under “Competent”, but close to the “Emerging” line.