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Striking & fielding – Track and return a ball


Striking & fielding – Track and return a ball

Ball skills, Coordination

The activities in this pack are all designed to help pupils develop the skills of fielding a ball and returning it accurately. These are required in a wide range of sports including cricket, rounders, softball and baseball.

What resources are in this pack?

How long does it take to deliver this pack?

clock 55 minutes

Learning outcomes

Pupils will be able to:

  • Track a ball and retrieve it
  • Return a ball with accuracy
  • Describe what happens to the body during a warm-up activity

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Warm-up: Fielding fun

Playing 'Fielding fun' helps pupils prepare body and mind for the activities that follow. They use the actions of catching, bowling and getting a player out, whilst increasing their heart rate and raising alertness.


Skill development: Track and collect

Pupils develop the skill of tracking and retrieving a ball, and turning to aim at a target. These skills are useful in many striking and fielding games, from throwing at stumps in cricket to throwing to a teammate in rounders.


Film: Awesome aiming

This film is all about 'Awsome aiming'. In it, pupils learn to accurately throw, track and collect a ball in this fun skill development activity. 


Skill development: Awesome aiming

'Awesome aiming' is a great personal challenge that allows pupils to work in pairs to evaluate one another's retrieving and accurate returning skills.


Film: Rapid retrieve

This activity puts throwing, aiming and retreiving skills to the test in a fast-paced and fun game 'Rapid retrieve'.


Game: Rapid retrieve

This striking and fielding game is a great way for pupils to practise their fielding and accurate returning skills. A fun and competitive game, 'Rapid retrieve' is played in groups of six; players score as pairs, and rotate the roles of fielder, batter and runner.


Cool down: Pair and share

'Pair and share' gives pupils a chance to reflect on what they have learned and to listen to another pupil's ideas.


Star training: Skittles

This is a quick and fun activity that will help develop your fielding skills. It is similar to a game of skittles or 10-pin bowling. You can play it on your own or with a friend.