Fitness Focus: Narrow Stance, Fast Feet on the Floor (Stutter Step)
Say to students:
- It’s wonderful to see that so many of you are ready to move to get stronger.
- In our warm up we are going to try to move all around the activity space while marching.
- We will also try to move faster by using a move I’ll call fast feet on the floor.
- These are skills that will help you with your footwork.
- Having good coordination with our feet can help to be able to move the ball well with the feet.
- Stand up so that we can try these skills all together!
- Review/work through proper form for High Knee Marching: Stand strong/tall through your head and torso, Lift the knees up to waist height, while alternating with a medium hard foot placement on the floor, try to keep a rhythm together.
- Teach/work through proper form for Narrow Stance, Fast Feet on the Floor: Stand with feet shoulder width apart, heels slightly lifted, knees bent, move the feet rapidly from one foot to the other (stuttering).
Warm Up: March, Meet, and Move with Fast Feet
This warm-up activity allows students to begin moving at a moderate pace, using the skill of high knee marching and challenges them to move at a faster pace and use fast/coordinated footwork. It prompts them to focus on working well with others to complete a task together.
Tell students that the warm up is called, March, Meet, and Move with Fast Feet.
- Explain that in the warm-up they will use their high knee marching skill to move safely throughout the activity area.
- Share that when you call aloud, meet and move with fast feet, they should stop marching and turn towards the person/s closest to them.
- Explain that they will then focus on doing the stutter step/fast feet together as quickly as they can, continuing until they hear you call out, move with your march.
- Share that after that cue, they will begin marching and moving around the general space again.
- Tell them this moving pattern will continue for one song.
- Remind them to be aware of their personal space while moving and use safe moving skills so they don’t bump/bang or slip/slide into others.
- Prompt them to work well with others they “meet up” with by cooperating and encouraging each other.
- Start music to begin movement.
- Intermittently call aloud, meet and move with fast feet. Move through activity space and encourage lots of movement.
- Continue activity with intermittent cues for 3-5 minutes or one song.
Ask students to place a flat palm over their heart and give a thumb’s up hand signal if they can feel the heart doing its job.