Firstly, the children will be placed into 2 teams which will be balanced according to age to ensure equal opportunities. One team will be batting and the other will be fielding. To start with, the aim of the game will be for the fielding team to catch the ball to get the batting team out. Batters will have to strike the ball and run to the opposite coned area, they can stay in this safe area until the next batter hits the ball. If a child on the batting team returns home they score a point for their team.
Assess both groups overall ability: If any batters are struggling to hit the ball then replace the bats with tennis rackets to make it easier. Ensure every batter has had a turn and then swap the teams around so the children fielding first have a turn to bat and vice versa. If possible, find opportunities to step in and coach different techniques to develop their skills. For instance, demonstrate the correct way to pick up a ball that's approaching fielders' feet. Allow each team one minute to discuss tactics, batters should be thinking about where they can hit the ball to be able to return home and score a point. Fielders should be encouraged to discuss their positioning and work together as a team in order to pass the ball to whichever teammate is closest to get the batter out.
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