The summer season has already started and the last thing I want is for my son to stay at home watching TV or just browsing the Internet all day. I needed to get him out of the house or do something outdoors just so he doesn’t just waste his time on useless things. Lucky for me I found an indoor cricket stadium near my house.
What’s Indoor Cricket?
Indoor cricket is nothing like outdoor cricket even if a lot of people think it is. For one thing, indoor cricket has a smaller playing field and it is much more exciting in my opinion. Some people say that indoor cricket is boring and there will be some downtime during the game. But this isn’t true because if you think about it, a smaller place to play means that every player will be engaged to join in.
Another difference of indoor cricket to its outside counterpart is the number of players in each team. Yes, there will still be two teams but unlike outdoor cricket, each team should have six or eight players. Usually, each team needs six, but depending on other places and traditions, the number can be eight players.
The mechanics of the game is almost the same with outdoor cricket. The goal is still to have as many runs and the team that has more wins. If you have 6 players on each team, then each inning should last for 12 overs. On the other hand, you are supposed to have 16 overs per inning if you have 8 players.
Why Indoor Cricket Is Good For You And Your Son
Aside from taking my son off the TV and phone, there are several benefits indoor cricket has given us.
It made us active.
One of the things I appreciate with indoor cricket is that we were able to play as a family. Usually, there aren’t many family sports where you can play with kids and adults. But with indoor cricket, everyone is in the same playing field literally and metaphorically.
It’s safe for children.
Unlike outdoor cricket, indoor cricket is a lot safer for kids because they won’t be forced to run so many meters off. The ball is also a lot softer than the original cricket ball used in outdoor games. You also don’t have to worry about your kid putting so much force on the bat because they don’t have to hit the ball a hundred yards away.
It improves socialization skills.
The main reason why I wanted my son to get out of the house is so he can be more active and to learn to socialize with other people. An indoor cricket stadium allowed him to do just that. He was able to meet kids his age and their games became regular so he was able to make new friends.
Indoor Stadiums Are Always A Great Idea
If you are like me and you’re looking for summer activities for your kids, enrolling them to a sports group that plays in indoor stadiums is always a great idea. I highly recommend this for several reasons. First, is that you don’t have to bother about the weather. There’s less exposure to UV rays and they won’t end up getting soaked to the bone if it rains.
Another reason is that indoor stadiums are “friendlier” to children since the playing field is not subject to harsh climates. The artificial turf itself is often well-maintained so you don’t have to worry about your kid getting hurt because of the grass.
If you have free time, you can also try playing indoor cricket with your family. Trust me, it’s exciting!