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DVD: Skills and drills for stoolball

Stoolball England’s coaching DVD explains how to bowl spin, how to bat effectively, how to improve your fielding, and suggests practices for your class or team. It’s an excellent way to improve your stoolball.

‘Skills and drills in striking and fielding games through the context of stoolball’ is presented by Melissa Mantle, formerly our Coaching Development Officer.

Demonstrating the hand position for bowling a straight delivery

Demonstrating the hand position for bowling a straight delivery

Melissa first explains how to bowl straight deliveries time after time. She then explains the changes to the grip, hand position, and release which allow you to bowl top spin, back spin and side spin. Each technique and its effect is explained in detail, illustrated by footage from one of Melissa’s training courses and from real matches.

Melissa Mantle coaching a young bowler

Melissa Mantle coaching a young bowler

Melissa then moves on to batting techniques, demonstrating the on drive, the pull, the straight drive, the square cut, the fine cut and the off drive. She explains how and, equally importantly, when to play each shot.

Demonstrating the straight drive shot

Demonstrating the straight drive shot

Moving onto fielding, catching techniques are shown for taking both high and low catches using both the traditional and the reverse cup (Australian) method. Melissa also demonstrates the long and short barrier techniques for stopping the ball in the field.

Practice 1: Catching using the Katch It board

Practice 1: Catching using the ‘Katch It’ board

If you’re teaching stoolball or organising a practice session for your team the second DVD will be invaluable. It suggests a variety of drills and games designed to practice skills in batting, bowling and fielding:

  • Using a T-Ball
  • Self-feed
  • Co-operative feed
  • Competitive feed
  • Fielding using a Katch-It board
  • ‘Hit your own fielder’ game
  • ‘Join the back of the queue’ game
  • Safe bowling practice
  • Fielding practices
  • Hitting the ball between gates
  • Kwik Stoolball

How to buy it

‘Skills and drills in striking and fielding games through the context of stoolball’ costs £10 (plus delivery). It includes two DVDs, which run for 43 minutes (coaching) and 31 minutes (practices), and a copy of the official rule book.

You can buy your copy from any of Stoolball England’s agents – contact details are on our Buy stoolball equipment from Stoolball England page.