How to Teach the Essential Skills of Two Hand Strike

Fundamental motor skills are important to enable children to perform every day functions, such as walking and running, playground skills (e.g. climbing) and sporting skills (e.g. catching, throwing and hitting a ball with a bat). Two-hand strike is one of the primary eleven important

fundamental motor skills to learn, particularly for students in Early

Childhood.  Teachers will learn the importance of two-hand strike, as

these actions require proper coordination and strength from multiple

body segments to produce the skill. Children will develop improved

hand-eye coordination through ball and game play.

As a teacher, you will learn to develop the following skill set in your
students:

  1. Eyes are focused on the ball throughout the strike

  2. Preferred hand grips bat above non-preferred hand

  3. Stand side-on to target 

  4. Bat held behind shoulder prior to strike 

  5. Step towards target with foot opposite preferred
    hand during strike

  6. Marked sequential hip to shoulder rotation during strike

  7. Ball contact made opposite front foot with straight arms

  8. Follow through with bat around body 


Teaching Two Hand Strike is a great way to engage your students with essential fundamental movement skills.  This unit promotes coordination and team skills.  Have a look at the Early Childhood PE Two-hand Strike Lessons Pack (click the link above).  You will be fully equipped to teach a huge range of activities for your grades K – 2.  You will also receive the I CAN posters, student checklists, lessons and more.

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