Sports Relays and Field Days

Relays and Field Days can be fun, exciting, challenging, and rewarding. They help build teamwork, cooperation, leadership skills, and teach kids to play by the rules. They also teach students to set goals, persevere through obstacles, and be prepared for failure. Read more

In a Sports Relay, the team that gets its final member across the finish line with the baton in hand wins the race. The baton is usually a hollow cylinder of wood or plastic. It is passed between runners who are running in a destination exchange zone, marked by lines drawn at right angles to the track. The outgoing runner typically starts his run when he hits a visual mark on the track (usually a smaller triangle) and holds out his hand for the incoming teammate to take the baton. Alternatively, the incoming runner may give an auditory signal to his teammate (such as “Stick!” repeated several times) to indicate that he is ready to take the baton.

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The choice of the first leg runner is normally made by an athlete who is confident in receiving and passing the baton, can run the curve well, and has sufficient speed endurance. The second leg runner is usually the fastest accelerator/starter. The third leg runner is usually the slowest but must have sufficient speed endurance to catch up to the other teams. The anchor is often the team’s best straightaway runner.

Besides the obvious physical benefits of relays, they can be used to develop a variety of skills including agility, coordination, and timing. In addition, they are a great way to get kids moving and bending in new ways, such as crawling sideways on their hands and knees like a crab or imitating the bunny hops of a penguin waddle.

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