Last month we looked and coaching yourself and others to be Bi lateral (paddling the same on both sides).
This month we thought we would look at a completely different area with you, GAMES!
A lot of you who come on courses either have kids who you are looking to introduce to paddlesport or you coach at a club with the paddlers of tomorrow. So we thought we would highlight a few games that are fun and will help coach them to become finer paddlers without them even realising!Knock the rock!
To help aid turning efficiently this is a great game that uses nothing but a few pebbles or small rocks.
Place a small rock at either end of your kayak and all those playing, set a relatively small boundary and the object of the game is to be the last boat with a rock as everyone else has knocked each others off. Great game for enhancing tight turns, reverse paddling and edge control.British Bulldog
Always raises some eyebrows, this version is minus the eye gouging, punching and body tackles!
Set up two end zones features on a bank are ideal. One catcher "the bulldog" is between the zones and everyone else starts in a safe end zone and has to try to paddle to the other end zone without getter tapped by the bulldog. If tapped they join the bulldog in the middle for the next round. ideal for carving turns and forward paddling.Polo
Two equal teams, start in front of their goal, a ball is thrown into the centre of the defined area. Once a team picks up the ball the have three seconds to pass it to a team mate and so on (cant move with the ball), till a goal is scored or intercepted by the opposition. Great for tight turns, fast efficient forward paddling and edge control.Tig
Define an area with boundaries, then one person starts with the ball, their job is to hit another kayak or canoe with the ball, if they do the person who has been hit joins in till only one person is left, the winner! Simple fun looking at forward paddling and turning up the speed when required alongside slow carving and tight turns.
balls pointsBall pool
Have a selection of different coloured balls i.e. 3 blue, 2 red and 1 yellow for example. Assign 1 point to blue, 2 to red and 3 to yellow, scatter them and then shout go and see who gets the highest score, simple but kids play it for ages. Aids opening up vision from the front of the kayak or canoe, turns of speed and edge control when picking up the balls.
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