Wiffle Cricket is a drill used primarily as an Early Activity. It involves only wiffle balls, so no athletes are throwing before being warm, and can be executed with as few as three athletes.
EXECUTION – Set up Wiffle Cricket in the outfield grass, using two throw-down bases approximately 30 feet apart. The field of play is 360 degrees, meaning defenders need to be prepared to field a wiffle ball hit in any direction. As coach, you will stand on or near one base and fire wiffle ball pitches to a offensive batter at the other base. Hitters score points in this fashion: The number of successive bases touched by the hitter, before the struck wiffle ball is returned to coach.
- The Game – Hitters will tally points at every at-bat. Clean hits result in points – as many bases as they can touch before the ball is returned to coach. For every hit that results in points, that batter stays up and rejoins the offesive line to hit again. Any popup caught, or ground out returned to coach before the batter can reach the first base, results in that player switching to defense and the next defender rotates over to the offensive line.
- Spread Defenders Out – This keeps more players engaged and also provides opportunities to get outs.
- Tally Points for Running Score – Player with most points as time expires is crowned cricket champion.
- Empower Through Leadership – Award winner with opportunity to lead warm up line. Doing this creates a culture where positive and responsible leadership is “cool.”
- TWO BASES - 30FT APART
- HIT - POINTS EARNED, HIT AGAIN
- OUT - PLAYER TO DEFENSE, ALL ROTATE ONE
- SPREAD DEFENDERS OUT
- TALLY POINTS FOR RUNNING SCORE
- EMPOWER THROUGH LEADERSHIP
- Wiffle Ball10