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Copy Cat

A form activity that promotes positive attitudes and teaches how attitudes and feelings can affect running

Tags: middle school, form

 

Instructions:

  1. You can do Copy Cat standing or jogging in place.
  2. Announce a feeling or attitude (e.g. "tired") and have runners act it out.
  3. Then, announce its opposite (e.g. "energetic") and have runners act out that feeling or attitude.
  4. Continue with a variety of attitudes and feelings such as Tired/Energetic; Tense/Relaxed; Shy/Confident; Angry/Happy; Wild/Controlled; Heavy/Light; and Weak/Strong.
  5. Repeat the exercise throughout the season, asking kids to act out how they feel and then asking them to show you their "ready to run" attitudes.

Performance Points:

  • Discuss and compare the effects of negative and positive attitudes.
  • Remind kids that part of being a great athlete is acting like one – confident, energetic, controlled and happy.
  • Have fun with it!

Training Specifics:

When: At the beginning of the running session

Benefits:

  • Increases awareness of how attitudes can affect running form and cultivates positive attitudes while running, which will lead to happier, more confident runners with better form

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