Eye-Foot Coordination

Balancing on rope

What is it?

Eye-foot coordination is the collaboration between the eye and foot so that movements led by the eye can be carried out efficiently by the feet.

Examples

Eye-foot coordination activities include:

  • stepping or jumping on a mark
  • walking on a line or rope (forwards, backwards and sidewards)
  • hopscotch
  • dribbling a ball
  • stepping over obstacles without touching them
  • jumping over a moving rope
  • step and catch beanbag apparatus

Why is it important?

Good eye-foot coordination will result in a child being able to control the direction in which he moves because he uses his feet and legs effectively. It is important to encourage the use of both feet. In this way the child’s grasp of laterality will be improved.

Assessment

Eye-foot coordination concerns include:

  • inability to kick or direct a ball
  • difficulty in stepping or climbing over obstacles without touching them
  • inability to direct an object between obstacles (e.g. ball or bike between cones)
  • inability to dribble a ball

Download the Gross-Motor Development Chart.

Please note that the chart is based on averages and is to be used as a guideline only.

If you have concerns about a child’s balance or coordination skills, have the child undergo a thorough examination by a GP or an occupational therapist.