Children are ready to be introduced to the skill of dodging in Year 2 and should be fine tuning the skill by the end of Year 5. Some children may take a lot longer to experience to success with this skill as it is a more complex skill. The dodge is a more advanced skill from the sprint run and the gallop.

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Assessing the Fundamental Movement Skill of Dodging
Assessing the Fundamental Movement Skill of Dodging
Learn how to dodge
Learn how to dodge

Checklist of skill criteria:

  1. Changes direction by bending knee and pushing off the outside foot
  2. Change of direction occurs in one step
  3. Body lowered during change of direction
  4. Eyes focused forward
  5. Dodge repeated equally well on both sides

Teaching Strategies

For beginners (at the emergent level of dodging skill development):
  • Avoid breaking the skill down, teach as a whole skill
  • Set up markers in zig-zag formation and instruct children to touch markers with the outside of their foot (avoid going around markers this can lead to bad habits)
  • Play games such as Toilet Tag and Here, There and Everywhere which involve changes of direction
For children at the developing level of dodging skill development:
  • Have children experiment with different styles of dodging – wide base of support vs a narrow, body upright v body lowered
  • Set-up obstacle courses that involve dodging between markers
  • Play tag games where children have to dodge to avoid being tagged - Rock, Bridge, Tree Tag and Octopus Tag
For children at the acquired or accomplished level of dodging skill development:
  • Increase the speed of the dodge
  • Have a go at double dodges – dodge in one direction and then quickly dodge the other direction
  • Incorporate into games such as Dodge Ball, have to dodge ball not jump over it
Toilet Tag_photoHere There Everywhere_photo

Teaching Cues

  1. Bend, push & turn
  2. Look straight ahead
  3. Use only one step to change direction

Common Errors

  • Trying to do it too slowly with too many small steps
  • Looking down at the ground
  • Not enough knee bend
  • The whole body turns to face the intended direction of travel