Run Jump Throw Wheel

Run Jump Throw Wheel (RJTW) is a national program developed by Athletics Canada that teaches fundamental movement skills and develops physical literacy.  Using track and field inspired games, activities and skill challenges lead by instructors specifically trained to teach the fundamentals of running, jumping, throwing and wheeling (for children in wheelchairs). 

Our goal is to provide a physical activity program that serves as a strong foundation for all sports. Run Jump Throw Wheel assists children in learning to move efficiently so that they grow into adults who are active, productive and healthy citizens. 

Any teacher, sport club coach or community recreation leader is capable of delivering the basic Run Jump Throw Wheel program!

What We Teach

All activities are designed to teach fundamental movement skills using developmentally appropriate progressions to introduce and develop skills, with skill consolidation done through games and skill challenges. 

In an initial 6-8 week program, these skills and concepts are introduced and are subsequently refined in more advanced sessions, working through a progression of 5 skill levels, taking two to four years to complete. 

Children runningRunning

Starting technique – how to accelerate effectively and transition from a stopped positions to running

Posture & body position – Proper posture and body position to be able to run effectively

Arm & Leg Action – Proper positioning and timing or arm and leg movements

Hurdling – how to maintain effective running technique between obstacles and hurdle not jump over obstacles

Pacing – how to effectively maintain/mage pace over a distance

Relays – used as a fun way to engage participants in group activities and fun races while introducing basic concepts of how to transfer the baton effectively


Approach – how to effectively approach a jump so as to be able to take off effectively

Take-off –technique and body position to take-off for a jump

Flight – Controlling the body in the air to maximize height/distance

Landing – How to land safely and effectively absorb impact 

Children throwing ballsThrowing

Preparation – finding an appropriate position from which to initiate a throw

Building momentum – How to use your legs to help build momentum

Delivery – Proper sequencing and weight transfer to deliver maximum force and accuracy with a throw

Follow Through & Recovery – How to effectively complete throwing movement and weight transfer 


For participants in wheelchairs, they will learn throwing techniques from a seated position, while learning proper wheeling technique and control in place of running and jumping.  Where equipment permits, delivery partners are encouraged to include a wheelchair component for all participants. 

Starting technique – how to accelerate effectively and transition from a stopped positions to running

Posture & body position – proper posture and body position in chair

Pushing – Proper pushing technique to move the chair forward effectively

Chair control and steering – How to effectively maintain balance and steer the chair, including navigation around obstacles

Stopping – How to stop effectively so as to avoid collisions

Quick Facts

  • More than 100, 000 children participated last year – our goal is to increase this number to over 500,000 annually
  • Nationally recognized by Canadian Sport for Life and a quality sport program and empirically validated to improve the physical literacy or participants
  • Learning to run, jump, throw and wheel properly will provide children with the confidence, motivation, self-esteem and skills necessary to engage in a large number of sports – without these fundamental skills a large number of sporting options will be closed.
  • The program uses age define developmentally appropriate progressions and includes adaptations to allow for participation in an integrated manner for participants with all physical and intellectual disabilities.
  • Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel can be offered anywhere – in a gym, on a field or any other flat surface with minimal equipment.  If you don’t have equipment, your can purchase a pre-packaged equipment bag directly from Athletics Canada.


Run Jump Throw Wheel Professional Development Opportunities

To ensure quality,  Athletics Canada requires that Run Jump Throw Wheel Instructors be led by trained instructors.

A variety of different training opportunities exist to become accredited as a Run Jump Throw Wheel Instructor.  Based on the target audience of programs and prior training of participants training is tailored to the specific needs of each group based on existing qualifications including HIGH FIVE®, Certified Teachers and NCCP qualifications in other sports.  The Run Jump Throw Wheel Instructor Training program is recognized as part of the National Coach Certification Program established by the Coaching Association of Canada.

Run Jump Throw Wheel Instructors is highly interactive with a majority of training time spent in the gym/on the field learning how to demonstrate and practicing the delivery of the track and field inspired activities and games described in the program’s lesson plans and activity guides in a fun, safe and developmentally appropriate manner.

Instructors are  recognized by the following statuses:

 Run Jump Throw Wheel: Instructor in Training

Instructors in training have participated in an introductory workshop familiarizing themselves with all of the core activities of the Run Jump Throw Wheel program, program lesson plans and how to lead small groups of participants through a variety of activities in a fun, safe and interactive manner.  Instructors in training should always be working under the supervision of a Trained Instructor or Certified Instructor who will oversee the selection of appropriate lesson plans and activities as well as group assignments.

Run Jump Throw Wheel: Trained Instructor

Trained instructors have completed a full day workshop which provides them with the ability to lead and coordinate a Run Jump Throw Wheel program with one or more groups of participants, ensuring a fun safe environment for participants, application of appropriate skill progression and group management techniques. Trained instructors have also completed Making Ethical Decision Training and/or Evaluation administered by the Coaching Association of Canada, delivered independently from Athletics Canada’s instructor training program.  This training may be condensed for individuals who have completed complimentary training and certification.

Run Jump Throw Wheel: Certified Instructors

Certified Instructors have an advanced level of training addressing practice planning and program management considerations, as well as having been formally observed in the delivery of the Run Jump Throw Wheel program and are qualified to lead instructor training.  Certified Instructors are required to participate in on-going professional development  to maintain their status as Certified Instructors. 

Who offers the program?

Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel is delivered by recognized delivery partners across Canada.  Delivery partners commit to using instructors trained as part of the National Coach Certification Program and adhere to national standards for delivering the program using instructional tools and resources provided by Athletics Canada, while being empowered to customize the program to a local audience.

To learn more about the Run Jump Throw Wheel program in Canada, click HERE

About Us

Athletics Nova Scotia is a non-profit amateur sport governing body affiliated with Athletics Canada, and a member organization of Sport Nova Scotia.
Phone: 902.425.5450
Fax: 902-425-5606

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