Coaching Association of Canada

Relay Races

Stage of Activity





5 - 10 minutes

Number of People


How it Works

Relay Races: Races in which players have to stop and start rapidly and change direction. Have a small number of people on each team, with team members changing so that everyone has a chance to be on a winning team. Avoid relays where children run to a wall, touch it, and run back — there’s too much danger of running into the wall with an arm out in front and injuring the arm or wrist. Relays in which players pick up objects (a ball for example) and put them down in a small receptacle are excellent, as they force players to stop completely and very rapidly.


Agility, keeping athlete’s head and eyes up, decision-making.


Can be used in all environments: field, court, pool, snow, ice, gym.