The coach throws from approximately 10 paces away. Mark the front foot and back foot target areas on the floor with chalk or markers. Use markers for fielders to stand on or next to. Make sure that the batsman does not bat for too long (e.g. retire at 20)
Position all markers so the batsman can just about run a single without being run out.
Two teams with the coach bowling.
All batters have 4 balls. Each wicket that falls means that team loses four runs.
Catch after 1 bounce = out.
Players bat until they are out but must retire at 20 runs (optional). Runs are only awarded if the ball is played through the cones. If the ball is wide, or left, then the batter may have another ball.
All fielders except the wicket keeper and the player backing up must stand on the boundary between the cones until the ball is bowled. (Coach keeps hold of the ball when feeding every so often, to check whether fielders are moving too early).
The Ball must be driven towards the target area, along the ground, and not defended. It must pass the first set of cones or the batsman is out. The batsman must complete 2 runs after striking the ball. The ball must be hit in the V to score runs. If it is hit outside that area or behind the wicket the batsman is out. (Give younger players another feed.)
The wicket keeper must take incoming throws to the stumps either side of the original ones. Off side shots must be thrown to stumps on the off side (safety) and likewise on the leg side. Scoring: (Batsman bat one at a time):
4 runs if the ball is hit through the target area along the ground.
2 runs if the ball is hit towards the boundary and the batsman completes 2 runs.
2 runs if a fielder stops the ball with his foot.
1 run if a fielder move off the boundary too early.
4 runs if the player backing up the wicket keeper misses the ball (when boundary is not hit).
Ways of getting out: Bowled, caught, stumped, run out (no LBW). Also: not completing 2 runs after hitting the ball (unless boundary is hit); hitting the ball outside the V; not hitting the ball past the first set of cones; hitting the ball over the fielders on the boundary.
Organisation: Divide the group into 2 equal teams. Organise as shown in the diagram,set target for off drives only. Ball is served (on batters command of ready!) from the second cone infront of batter. Each player has 3 attempts to strike the ball. Fielders positioned between cones and boundary gather the ball and return to wicket keeper.
An alternative method to execute a run out is for the wicket keeper to stand in a circle and instead of breaking the wicket when a ball is returned, simply to bounce the ball in the circle.
Scoring: 1 run is scored if the ball passes between cones at fielders end, or is travelling in the correct direction when it is intercept (fielders remain behind the cones until the ball is hit). 3 runs are scored if ball passes between cones and batter runs around the cone and back again before the wicket keeper catches the fielders return and breaks the wicket. Direct hits count.
4 runs are scored if ball reaches boundary wall and any extra runs completed. Batters may be caught or run out. Team with the most runs wins.
Equipment: 1 bat and 1 tennis ball, set of wickets, 4 marker cones, and chalk markings.
(.) Coaching points A. For batsmen (running between the wickets) 1. Loud, quick positive calling. 2. Changing hands always looking at the ball. Never turning blind. 3. Non-striker backing up. 4. Run the first run fast. 5. Do not run past the crease after one run (because you might have to run again.) 6. Run with bat arm stretched out in front of you. 7. Hold the bat handle at the end. 8. Run your bat in over the line. B. For fielders (creating pressure, stopping singles) 1. Walking in, Threatening 2. Pace to the ball. 3. Watch the ball into your hands under pressure. 4. Always back up other fielders and the wicket keeper. 5. Get to the bowlers end to take an incoming throw. 6. Know when not to throw. 7. Know when to throw over the top of the stumps and when to hit them. 8. Remain focused when under pressure. Think! I must stop the single and build pressure for the batting side. Then I will force them into losing a wicket - and maybe the match!
"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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