Played to a length ball pitching on or around line of the stumps
Can be done in pairs/ groups of three. One batter and one feeder minimum required. 6 tennis balls per pair/group.
Feeder looks to feed the ball around middle stump, using an underarm 'bobble' feed. Already down on one knee in sweep position, batter looks to play orthodox sweep shot (shot number 1), aiming for the line indicated on diagram.
Try to get the bat as parallel as possible to the ground as you make contact with the ball
This drill can be done in pairs/groups of three (minimum one batter and one feeder required), with six tennis balls per pair/group.
Batter plays shot from one knee and progresses to ordinary stance when competent in the kneeling sweep position.
The types of feed should be rapid fire feeds, where hands only move, and balls are fed quicker. Move onto the types of sweep below, hitting:
Feeds need to be altered slightly here, quicker for the paddle, and wider and more looped for slog sweep.
Looking to hit ball towards mid off
Quick feet from the batter are essential when getting to the ball.
When advancing down the wicket, batter must aim to keep head as still as possible, and eyes level.
Batter needs to be in a still position by the time they make contact, and well balanced.
Encourage player to loosen bottom hand upon impact, and maintain their weight into the shot by leaning forward not back. Bat following through straight s key, with a ‘checked’ follow through not full. This will help direct the ball to mid off.
11 fielders (including 1 bowler and wicket keeper), with 2 players batting and two padded up, waiting to bat.
The 2 batters have one over to chase the target score successfully.
If the players lose one wicket, they have 5 runs added to the required total. If they lose two wickets, they are both out.
Their first over target score is 6 runs, then if successful, this increases by 1 every over. (6, 7, 8 and so on...)
If players are unsuccessful in the run chase, they are out, and the next two batters come in.
Bowlers rotate ends they are bowling from and fielders should be encouraged to get between the overs quickly.
The aim of this game is for your players to make 10 catches without any of the players being touched by the opposition whilst holding the ball.
If touched the ball goes to the other team and they can then try to complete 10 passes.
The first team to take the 10 catches whilst staying in the grid wins.
"It is not only useful for staff who are experienced but a valuable tool for those subject staff who have to take teams."
The variety of sessions across sports - sometimes we steal session ideas from one sport and use them with another.
As we enter the business end of the competition, we take a look at the remaining eight teams and the key talking points surrounding each side.
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