Rounders is taught to Key Stage 2 pupils during the summer term and is a wonderful opportunity for children of all abilities to participate in a striking and fielding competitive team game. Children enjoy rounders as it is fully inclusive, the rules are easy to understand, and it provides an opportunity to develop sportsmanship, strategy and tactics in a more ‘relaxed’ environment.
At Airthrie, we develop the following skills with a clear progression from Year 3, providing the opportunity for self-improvement and increased confidence:
- Batting - the grip, bat position, stance, swing
- Throwing - good technique for throwing over and underarm, good grip, eyes on target, aim for the catcher’s hand
- Ground fielding - teamwork, staying close to the ground, watching the ball, footwork, how to use knees to crouch, how to stop a ball, understanding the ‘hop’ or bounce of a ball
- Bowling - the rules of staying in the box, good grip, technique, stepping, angles, adding spin, ‘donkey drop’
- Catching - ‘seeing’ the whole field and all players at once, correct positioning, awareness of different ‘types’ of ball, eg, high, chest-high
- Running - ‘intelligent’ running (fast, straight, without hesitation) for both fielders and batters
See 'Clubs - Rounders' for more information about our after-school club.