How to Teach the Essential Skills of Cricket

Having a shot at teaching cricket for your Physical Education class?  Cricket is a great sport to teach students.  It develops great hand-eye coordination and ball handling skills and it involved skills such as hitting, running, “bowling” and throwing.  Take your P.E. class to the next level by incorporating this sport.  You will be giving your students experience in developing a certain skill set and create a fun, engaging class.

SKILLS

Bowling

- Stand side on to the batsmen/wickets with your dominant hand at

   the back.
- Hold the ball with both hands under your chin and turn your head

   sideways to face the batsmen/target
- Rock back and forth transferring weight from the front foot to the

   back foot in a smooth consistent motion
- Now as you rock back extend your back arm and when you rock forward let your front arm extend and pull down and your back arm comes over your head and releases the ball in the direction of the batsmen

Batting

- Stand about 4 metres back from a concrete wall and hit a tennis ball into

   the wall. When the ball rebounds hit it again
- When hitting face side on to the wall, feet shoulder width apart, bat lifted

    ready to hit the ball. As you hit the ball keep your front elbow up and hit

    straight through the ball so it bounces once before hitting the wall

- Try to hit the ball as many times as possible before you lose control and you

    can even compete against your friends to see who can get the highest

    number of hits
- As you improve try using a golf ball to increase the difficulty

Fielding

- Place two balls on the ground 3 metres in front of a wall
- Pick up the first ball throw it at the wall, clap your hands and the catch the ball with two hands as it rebounds off the wall
- Then place the ball back on the ground, run to a marker behind you 10 metres away from the wall and run back to the second ball
- Pick up the second ball throw it at the wall, clap your hands and

   catch the ball with one hand
- Place the ball on the ground, run back to the 10-metre marker

   and return to the first ball, and repeat
- Aim to increase speed and go as many times as you can

   without dropping the ball
- You can also practice catching with your non-dominant hand

    at the second ball station

Cricket is lots of fun for everyone.  It is a sport that promotes

coordination and teamwork.  Have a look at the Primary PE

Cricket Lessons Pack (click the link above).  You will be fully

equipped to teach a huge range of activities for your grades 3 – 6

as well as have your hands-on essential lessons, assessments

and more.

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