Smash Play junior-tamariki

Smash Play junior-tamariki is a cricket programme for juniors (5 – 12 year olds), focused on providing quality experiences for all. With a focus on game play, values and enjoyment, every session has more hits, more catches, more action… more fun!
Adventure Holes | Haerenga Kōruarua
Skill focus
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Batting
Complexity
Level 1
Group size
Small, Large & at Home
Time
10 minutes
With a series of islands set up (similar to a golf course), Smashies play in pairs to hit from one hole to the next, taking them on an adventure around the course. Count how many shots it takes to get to each island and try to improve your best score
Junk Yard Smash | Haukurutia Te Para
Skill focus
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Batting
Complexity
Level 1
Group size
Small, Large & at Home
Time
10 minutes
With a series of gate targets set up to create a junk yard, Smashies hit balls towards the junk (cones and other equipment). Every junk gate hit through scores a point.
Make a Move & Play | Kokiritia Te Tākaro
Skill focus
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Catching
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Throwing
Complexity
Level 1
Group size
Small & Large
Time
5 minutes
A game for Smashies to explore movement and ball skills, including catching and throwing. An energetic game with lots of movement.
Clean Up & Play | Kohikohi Tākaro
Skill focus
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Ground fielding
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Throwing
Complexity
Level 1
Group size
Small, Large & at Home
Time
10 minutes
Two teams play each against other to clean their area and throw everything into the other team’s zone.
Meteor Smash | Haukurutia Te Matakokiri
Skill focus
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Throwing
Complexity
Level 1
Group size
Small & Large
Time
5 minutes
A meteor (group of wickets) is in the middle of a large circle. Work as a team to smash the meteor by throwing balls at it. Smashies move to retrieve balls and keep throwing, until the meteor is smashed (all the wickets have fallen).
Rollerplay | Tākaro Pīrori
Skill focus
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Ground fielding
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Throwing
Complexity
Level 1
Group size
Small, Large & at Home
Time
10 minutes
Playing in pairs, Smashies try to roll the ball through the gate their partner is defending. Each roll through the gate scores a point. Who can be the best gate keeper and stop the most rolls?
Battleship Challenge | Wero o Te Waka Riri
Skill focus
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Catching
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Throwing
Complexity
Level 1
Group size
Small, Large & at Home
Time
10 minutes
Playing in teams, Smashies throw their ball over the Forbidden Ocean and attempt to hit the opposition team’s battleships. The challenge is to be the first to sink all three battleships!
Rock 'n' Roll | Toka Pīrori
Skill focus
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Underarm throwing
Complexity
Level 1
Group size
Small, Large & at Home
Time
10 minutes
With a colourful series of targets set-up, Smashies play in pairs with one rolling the ball towards a target and their partner waiting to field the ball. Each pair moves around the targets, a timed game can be used for self-challenge and improvement
Super Stars | Ngā Whetū Rongonui
Skill focus
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Bowling
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Throwing
Complexity
Level 1
Group size
Small, Large & at Home
Time
10 minutes
Develop the movement of overarm bowling by being a ‘star’.
Super Steal | Tāhae Nui
Skill focus
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Perception skills
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Running
Complexity
Level 1
Group size
Large
Time
10 minutes
Playing in small teams, Smashies steal balls from a middle area to add to their home base. Once all balls are stolen from the middle area, Smashies can then steal from each other – you’ve got to move quickly and be sneaky!
Castle Smash | Haukurutia Te Pā
Skill focus
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Bowling
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Underarm throwing
Complexity
Level 2
Group size
Small, Large & at Home
Time
10 minutes
Playing in small groups each game has a bowler, batter and wicket keeper. The bowler is trying to smash the castle (wickets), which the batter is trying to defend. Points are scored for smashing the castle or successfully hitting the ball towards targets.
Hit Catch & Play | Haukuru, Kapo, Tākaro
Skill focus
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Batting
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Catching
Complexity
Level 2
Group size
Small, Large & at Home
Time
10 minutes
Playing in pairs, Smashies hit catches to their partner. Once the pair have made five continuous catches, the catcher takes a step back. It’s simple – hit, catch and play!
SuperRiver Hit | Te Awa Pāhi
Skill focus
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Batting
Complexity
Level 2
Group size
Small, Large & at Home
Time
10 minutes
Make your way through the river, hitting the ball into the air with your bat. Try to improve the number of hits with each turn. Watch out for obstacles and animals in the river!
Smash Bucket Ball | Haukurutia Te Pākete Pōro
Skill focus
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Batting
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Catching
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Stopping
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Throwing
Complexity
Level 2
Group size
Group Split into Teams
Time
10 minutes
Smashies play against each other through batting, fielding and teamwork. The batting team aims to hit as far as they can and move as quickly as they can to score runs, while the fielding team aims to return the balls to the bucket as quickly as possible.
Smashies Shuffle | Haukurutia Te Kokiri
Skill focus
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Throwing
Complexity
Level 2
Group size
Small & Large
Time
10 minutes
Smashies move (shuffle) their way through a busy arena of obstacles, being careful not to touch any. Once through the arena, they throw their ball to try and knock down the wickets. Lots of movement, energy and accuracy needed!