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Learning Intention

Beat the bucket is a fielding game that develops teamwork. Runners are challenged to place balls tactically and fielders to position themselves effectively and to return the balls in the shortest time possible.

Band Level

3 - 4, 5 - 6, Skill Development, Game Concepts

Content Description


Skill Focus

Catching, Fielding, Shot Placement, Striking, Teamwork, Throwing


  • 1 batting tee per group
  • 1 foam bat per group
  • 3 foam balls per group
  • 1 target (bin, bucket) per group


  1. A batter hits 3 balls into the field and then attempts to run around 4 markers before fielders place all 3 balls in a bucket and call ‘STOP’.

Change It...


  • Players run to a base before all the balls are fielded


  • Fielders cannot move until the third ball is hit
  • Fielders have to run the ball into the bucket rather than throw it


  • How do you get the ball back in the bucket faster?
  • Where should the batter place the ball to score the most number of points?
  • How could we make this activity easier or harder?