What other skills could be involved?
Think Quick - what to look out for...
- Feeding the ball – encourage hitting a moving ball (underarm roll, bounce, throw). Good batting starts with being able to hold the bat in a way that allows the player to swing the bat through a full range of movement.
- Encourage decision making. Positive reinforcement around hitting power.
Mix it Up
- Smashie ‘batter’ to throw the ball instead of hitting.
+ Gates of cones can be placed as targets around the hitting arena for additional point scoring. Targets can vary in width and distance to encourage strength of hit.
+ Fielders can be allowed within the hitting arena and able to move towards the balls once hit.
Honesty | Pono - How could the Smashies be honest when they play this game?
Support | Tautoko - In what ways can Smashies support their partner or teammates when playing
Cooperation | Mahi tahi - How could Smashies work together when they play?
Smash it Up
Mission – Introduce a bonus target in the outfield. If the target is hit then the
Smashie receives an Extra Life (extra ball/s) to hit before the fielders can move.
Boss Battle – Smashies vs Activators / Coaches / Teachers / Whānau.
Arena Mode – Make the arena smaller or bigger as the game progresses.
- What were some of the ways that your team cooperated today?
- How did you show support for each other?
- How were you honest in the game
Don't forget to ask...
- I like the way you...
- For fielders, encourage through questioning an understanding of how the ball could be returned to the bucket most effectively.
- What body position do you need to make to hit the ball where you want?
- Tolerance, understanding, and empathy are also important because many children may need help and encouragement.