Manawatū Cricket Association

Smash Play 

Year 1 & 2 (optional to Year 4)

What is Smash Play?

• Smash Play is a programme consisting of modified games - it’s a non-linear programme where coaches select games to build a session. There are games to cater for all abilities, various group sizes or can be played at home.

• Each game is values-based – an approach that is based on enhancing personal and social engagement

• Each game develops fundamental movement, with cricket specific outcomes

- Essentially, getting children more active, developing skills with a cricket focus

What is a game-based approach?

We know there is not just one way to bowl or to bat. Cricket has evolved to include various styles, exciting techniques and many different ways to play.

A game-based approach gets everyone involved and enables them to explore, learn and develop. Technique is developed individually, through the design of the games and the challenges faced. Not simply being rigidly taught by a coach. Skill development in context is an important part of the skill acquisition process.

We know that children at this age struggle cognitively with the concept of teamwork or team play. This is why the vast majority of our games include as many participants in action at once. Not only does this accelerate individual skill acquisition within game context but it maintains high levels of engagement. We do introduce the value of cooperation at his level so young players can explore what this value looks like. 

Where can I take part?

Palmerston North HUB

All sessions at Ongley Park, Park Road

Mondays 4-5pm or Wednesdays 5-6pm 

Pahiatua HUB

Bush Multisport Park, Thursdays 3.30-4.30pm

Dannevirke HUB

Dannevirke Domain, Thursdays 5.30-6.30pm

Feilding HUB

Kowhai Park, Fridays 4-5pm 

$20 for the programme. Register here -