...for Kids 10 & under
This is probably one of the most well-known basketball games that kids play. Player 1 shoots a hoop from anywhere they want. If Player 1 makes the shot, then Player 2 has to shoot from the same spot. If Player 2 makes the shot, the first shooter again chooses a place to shoot from. If Player 2 misses the shot they get a letter, "H." The object of the game is to not spell "Horse" first.
Each person needs a basketball. Define an area where you are going to dribble inside of (about 5-10 ft wide and long). The object of the game is to not stop dribbling your own ball while trying to knock other's balls out of the area. Fun for 2 or more people.
Builders and Destroyers
Set up 5-10 cones about 5 feet apart on a flat hard surface. Set up additional cones if you have more kids playing. Split the group into 2 even teams. Or just play one-on-one. One team is the Builders and the other team is the Destroyers. All players have to dribble the ball constantly. While dribbling, the Destroyers knock the cones over. The Builders dribble around picking up the cones. Continue this for a few minutes and rotate the teams so all kids get to be Destroyers and Builders.
Around the World
Start by picking five or more spots in an arc around the basketball net. The first player shoots from the first spot and has two attempts. If the player makes one of the shots, then they move on to the second spot. After the player misses two shots, the next player has a turn. The goal is to make a shot from all 5 spots before your opponent.
Identify a starting point and finish line about 20-40 yards apart. Go back and forth practicing your dribbling - you can alternate choosing what type of dribbling you will do.
Suggestions would include:
-- dribble with your right hand
-- dribble with your left hand
-- alternate hands
-- dribble really low
-- dribble while walking backwards
-- dribble while pushing the ball down really hard and fast to the ground
You are probably going to need to have a lot of patience to teach your child how to dribble and shoot a basketball. Remember,
1) know when to call it a day
2) 5 minutes of practice every day for a week is better than an hour on one day
3) watch the video so you are teaching the correct fundamentals
Videos coming soon!