This exercise to develop running skills is generally suitable for players of

4-6 years


  • In a stationary position hold the arms behind the back; one at a time flick the heels up to touch the bottom
  • Introduce the arms; perform the exercise using a ladder, putting every foot in every second space.

Key Points

  • Ensure the ladder is properly laid out; reset it if necessary before each ‘go’
  • Stand upright with the head up
  • Synchronise arm and leg movement, i.e. lift the right knee and right arm simultaneously and vice versa


  • An inventory of equipment to support ABC exercises is available in the Resources section