Rounders posts, bats, balls
Also have an activity for those in the batting team who are either out or waiting their turn to keep them occupied
Right, here's how to play rounders - but for Beavers, suggest a more simplified version:
Two teams compete. Each team has a maximum of 15 players and a minimum of 6, no more that 9 can be on the field at one time.
Batting. Waiting batter wait well behind first post. The active batter one good ball bowled to them. It's a no Ball if its not a smooth underarm action from the bowler, if the ball is above head or below the knee, if it bounces on the way to the batter or if its wide or straight at the body, or if the bowler's foot is outside the square area during the bowl. Should you wish you can run on a no ball, but once you reach first post there is no return.
Scoring. 1 rounder if 4th Post reached and touched before the next ball; 1 rounder if 4th Post reached on no ball (no catch out); 1/2 rounder if 4th Post reached without hitting the ball; 1/2 rounder if 2nd Post reached after hitting the ball; penalty 1/2 rounder for an obstruction by a fielder; penalty 1/2 rounder for 2 consecutive no balls (same batter); 1 rounder for a backward hit if 4th Post reached (you stay at 1st whilst ball is in the backward area);
Your out when. Caught by a fielder. By having a foot over the front or back line of the batting square before missing or hitting a good ball. By running inside a post. You're stumped at a post you are running to. You let go of the post during the bowl action whilst the bowler is in his square. By overtaking a fellow player. By obstructing.
Making a Run. Carry the bat, hold the post whilst at it. You can run to a post the has been previously stumped. Whilst the bowler has the ball in his square, you cannot move on, but if you are between Posts, you can carry on to the next. No more than one batter at a post. you can stay at a post with a new ball bowled should you wish. Play starts when the ball leaves the bowlers hand - at this point you can run. To score on getting to last (or fourth post) you must touch the post.
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