Children will be introduced to some of the basic/fundamental parts of cricket such as batting and fielding. A focus will be placed on Batting, learning how to grip and swing the bat effectively.
- Set up with a hoop for each team and a ball in the hoop
- The hoops can be placed in the corners of the room - You want to have no more than 5 per team, less is better.
- Each team should also have a bib to use as a relay baton - it helps you and them determine who's turn it is.
- When the game starts - by coaches whistle - the first player in each team - holding the bib - can run and retrieve a ball from any of the other teams. The method of how they bring the ball back and the type of ball you use will be determined by the sport you are warming up for - Football: use footballs and dribble back with feet, Basketball: bounce a basketball back, Tennis: you could use a racket to balance a tennis ball back etc
- When the player gets back to their teams hoop, place the ball in and then hand the bib to the next player who does the same.
- If the game is going on for a long time, you can add in extra balls to try and speed the game up, just pop them down in the middle of the area when you like
- When a team has 3 balls in their hoop, they should all shout 'FULL HOUSE'.
- Awareness: look for which teams have 2 balls in their hoops and steal from them!
- Use the relevant skill from the sport you are working on to get the ball from A to B under control!
Grip - Cricket Bat
Drive Off Tee
This game was invented by us in 2015 as we wanted a fun version of cricket that you could play with a class of 30 children, inside a small school hall when it’s raining outside.
We split the class into 3 teams. 2 teams bat and the other fields and after each innings they rotate - so will bat twice and field once.
The bowlers (coaches) bowl 3 consecutive balls at each batter - 6 balls in total between the two batters - that then means the fielding team have 6 balls to collect. This means most fielders get a ball on every turn. We had found that generally, if using just one ball, the fastest most alert fielder gets the ball all the time and the batters that struggle to hit the ball only get a couple of goes at hitting the ball during a lesson. Meaning lots of children find cricket boring.
This game brings everyone into the game. It increases your number of hits during a lesson by 6x compared to continuous cricket and gives you a 6 in 10 chance of getting a ball when fielding compared to a 1 in 10 chance (if that).
Hold the bat correctly, with 2 hands
Keep your head still as you swing the bat - don't forget to have a backswing
Fielders need to move quickly and work together as a team to get the balls back efficiently and reduce runs