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  1. Run through an appropriate warm-up and warm-down routine using all the main muscle groups. Explain why both routines are important.
  2. Talk about the safety rules in athletics, particularly throwing and jumping events. Explain the most appropriate clothing to wear.
  3. Take part in six athletics events. Choose at least one from each of the three sections below, improving your distance or time over a number of attempts.
  4. Find out and explain to your leader how to take part in athletics in your local area.

Field Events

  • Discus
  • Shot put
  • Throwing a cricket ball
  • Javelin
  • High jump
  • Long jump
  • Standing jump
  • Sargent jump

Track Events

  • 100m
  • 200m
  • 400m
  • 800m
  • 1500m
  • 100m hurdles

Team events

  • 4 x 100m relay
  • Team assault course
  • Assisted blindfold race

Top tips

  • For number 1 young people might decide to do skipping, running on the spot, stretching both arms high above your head and then relaxing down, bending the knees and dropping the head or rolling the head slowly around, tensing and relaxing the shoulders.
  • For the field events we recommend the shot weigh around 2.73kg, the discus 1kg and the cricket ball 0.135kg

Young people must be especially careful when doing the high jump. Young people will need to think about the way they jump, how they are going to land and what they are going to land on.

Proper equipment must be used at all times and unless expert tuition and supervision is available, no young person should attempt the Fosbury Flop. The scissor jump is an easier way to do it.