Ground Fielding Principles

This Sportplan session looks at using ground fielding techniques in a pressured game situation to help prevent mis-fielding nightmares.

The key to a good out-fielding side is that they attack the ball. By attacking we mean come towards the ball and meet it rather than simply waiting for it to come to you. By being positive and alert you can get to the ball quicker and subsequently plant doubt into the batsman's mind by reducing the space that they can openly hit the ball into.

Your players should be used to getting their feet, legs and body behind the ball so that even on the bumpiest of pitches they're able to get the ball under control quickly to send it back towards the wickets. Using the long barrier in a non-game situation is completely different to in a match when the stakes are raised.

To put the fielding theory into practice this session uses a series of conditioned games to see how your players use the ground fielding techniques they know in a pressurised situation - ensuring your players keep their eyes on the ball right until the moment it's in their hands.

After using this session you would hope to see your team play more comfortably in their next game, focusing better on the incoming ball and stopping it in its tracks.

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