Striking and Fielding games are very complex from a conceptual perspective. As opposed to target games or invasion games, the rules for striking and fielding games don’t seem to be as intuitive for students. Two possible explanations for students struggling to understand the basic concepts of striking and fielding games are that there are fewer examples of striking and fielding games (baseball, softball, and cricket), and in an international context, students may have less experience with striking and fielding games due to their cultural context.
This presentation will be an inquiry-driven look into the essential elements of striking and fielding games. It is based on Teaching Games for Understanding approach and focuses on using progressions and fun/active kickball games to teach the concepts of striking and fielding games to elementary students as young as 5 years old. In addition, attendees will learn how to use the essential elements of baseball and cricket to design their own striking and fielding games based on their school context and student interest. At the very least, attendees will leave with a red face, a smile, and three kickball games that their students will love playing.
Job Role Applicability:
- Fundamental Motor Skills
- Game Sense
- Models Based Approach
- Lower Elementary [Age 4 - 6]
- Upper Elementary [Age 8 - 10]
- Middle School [Age 11 - 13]