Cricket at Home – Coaches Challenge 23

Cricket at Home – Coaches Challenge 23

Hi all,

I hope that everyone is continuing to have fun attempting the daily challenges being set by the coaches. The Coaches Challenge for Thurs is as follows :-

Challenge 23– Batting with a stump

Equipment: 1 tennis/soft ball, a stump ( or stick ) and a golf ball ( or smaller ball )

Activity demo :

i ) This challenge is to see how a batmans reacts when you have a smaller bat ( in this case a stump ) & also a smaller ball to hit. This will need a family member to feed the ball underarm and your objective is to get a clean strike of the ball and to hit the ball forwards. This challenge is not about power, you don’t need to hit the ball hard just focus on watching the ball onto the stump. The challenge is in 2 parts – 1. Hit a tennis ball like in the demo using the stump. Feed 10 balls underarm to the batsman to see how many get a clean hit forward ( balls hit backwards or missed don’t count ) and 2. Hit a golf ball using the stump ( don’t worry if you havent got a smaller ball ) you can use the tennis ball for 10 more balls. The objective is to hit as many balls forward out of 20 feeds.

This type of drill is really useful before you bat in a game as it enables you to be focused on watching the ball onto the bat which results in getting a better contact on the bat i.e. hitting the middle of the bat to generate most power and also control when playing shots.

Coaches Tips:

a) have a few practices first to get use to batting with a stump as its a lot lighter than a bat
b) Bat normally i.e. balanced and comfortable set up enabling a ready to move quickly position
c) Coordinated body movements ( hips, shoulders, arms & hands ) to enable clean contact with ball

Please email me by 7pm on Thurs 28 May with the following: –

a) Child’s name,
b) The number of hits forward out of 20.

Bonus points will be awarded to the individual(s) with the most forward hits

Please let me know if you have any queries.

Many thanks and stay safe.

Carl & the coaching team


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