Soft-Stix™ Cricket Set
Introductory set is the perfect way to introduce students to the popular international game of cricket!
Instead of hard balls and intimidating wooden bats, this cricket set for kids features softer, gentler materials. Students can focus on learning the game and getting acclimated with the skills needed to play it, instead of worrying about protecting themselves or developing a fear of the game. Everything you need is included to play the game indoors or out.
Traditionally, Cricket is played with wooden bats and balls made with a core of cork, layered with tightly wound string, and covered by a leather case. Players wear pads, gloves, and helmets to protect themselves from injury because games can become incredibly fast-paced. This cricket set is designed to slow things down and emphasize safety. Players do not need pads to play this version, making it a great choice for schools, recreational clubs, and other institutional settings.
Instead of wood, 30”L bats in this set are made with softer polyurethane, making them lighter weight and easier to handle. This minimizes the power and velocity that can be put into hitting the Cricket ball, yet still gives students a true reaction when the game gets going. They also feature a grip that allows for optimal handling at all times.
How to Play
Each team plays an inning with a pre-determined limit of “overs.” The fielding team positions themselves around the field with the goal of getting the batter out or preventing runs from being scored. One member from the fielding team, the bowler, takes the ball and stands behind one of the wickets. Another member from the fielding team, the wicket-keeper, squats behind the opposite wicket.
One batter, the non-striker, stands near a wicket behind each crease. The other batter, the striker, stands farthest from the bowler in a batting stance. The batter holds the bat down in front of the wicket and hits the ball after it is bowled from the other end of the pitch. The non- striker stands behind the other crease and waits to run. The bowler runs up from behind the non-striker’s wicket, passes to one side of the wicket, and then bowls the ball towards the striker after reaching the non-striker’s crease.
The striker attempts to hit the ball with the bat. If they miss it, the wicket-keeper will catch the ball. If they hit the ball, the two batters will attempt to score runs. To score a run, the batter must run between the creases and cross over midway between them. When both the batters reach the opposite crease, 1 run is scored. The batter can immediately return for another run. If the batter thinks it is not safe to run, they can choose not to run.
The fielding team attempts to run out one of the batters by breaking that batter’s wicket with the ball while the batter is out of the crease. When 10 batters are out, the innings is complete and the teams switch roles. When the teams complete the previously agreed upon number of overs, the team that scores the most runs wins!
Everything You Need
Set includes 2 bats (30”L), 4 balls, 2 wickets, 2 bails, 1 DuraBag™ Storage Bag, and activity instructions. Everything can be easily transported or stored within the DuraBag, which features a nylon bottom and a mesh top for bag ventilation. The bag also features shoulder and hand carry straps, along with a zipper closure.
Included comprehensive instructions explain how to set up cricket games and related activities. Instructions also familiarize students and instructors with different positions, terminologies, scoring, game variations, and more, with diagrams and images available to ensure everyone understand the concepts of the game they’re about to play.