striking & fielding games
The following invasion games come from the great minds at SPORTAUS (Sport Australia)
rounders x 2
Equipment:Pinnies 2 x Tee Ball StandsBaseball bats, tennis rackets, Paddles rackets (or anything you want the kids to hit with)Hoops for bases.Cones to mark out “No go zone”Bucket to return balls to (to stop runners)
Grade level: 4 - 12
How to play:1. After 3, 2, 1 countdown 2 strikers hit the ball at the same time at into space.2. Once ball has been hit strikers run in opposite directions around the bases.3. Fielders get strikers out by throwing both balls back into “bucket keeper/s”who place balls in bucket as fast as they can. If strikers are not on a base/hoop when balls are in bucket they are out.4. Strikers may stop on bases so that they are safe. 5. Fielders may also catch the ball on the full to get the striker who hit the ball out.
Focus Skills: Skills that students need to think about when they play this game are.Clean strike of the ball. Hitting to space.Throwing (Over-arm, side-arm or under-arm)What’s the best option? Catching (Two hands bringing into chest. Safe hands)
Variations: 1. You can make playing areas bigger or smaller.2. Different sized balls or bats to get students thinking about the way they hit, throw or catch the ball.3. Only 1 hitter (this means there less people involved which means it can get boring for the students)
Equipment: Soft ballsLarge playing area.
Grade level: 3-8
How to play:
This is a fairly straight forward game. 1. 1 thrower stands at the side of the playing area while the rest are all lined up at the end of the playing area. 2. Teacher yells "GO!" and the group of players run to the other end of the area while the tagger/thrower tries to hit them (below the shoulders) with a soft ball.3. If tagged players then joins the tagger and sequence is repeated. 4. Game will end up with more taggers than runners.5. last person running wins.
Focus - Dodging, throwing, aiming, spatial awareness, movement.
Variations - different sized ball (easier to throw but harder to hot players)
WARNING: This game requires players to throw balls at other humans. Some people don't this (players and teachers) so you may want to check with students if this is ok. and if this type of game isn't for you as a teacher then you might want to give it a miss.