Basketball Relays

Basketball Relays

Age: 
5-8 years, 8+ years
Participants: 
1 - 30
Time: 
10 minutes
Setting: 
Home, School
Basketballs , Cones , Flat markers
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Skills

Set Up:

  • On a hard, flat surface set-up six cones in a row (can increase or decrease this depending on the number of children), 10 metres in front of each cone place a marker and then another marker 10 metres in front.
  • Children stand behind cones, have at least two children behind each cone.

Description:

The child at the front of each line holds the basketball.

Children are instructed to:

  • Run to first marker and bounce and catch 5 times and then run to second marker and move ball around body 3 times, then run back and give ball to next child to have a go
  • Bounce and catch ball all the way to the last marker and then run back
  • Dribble the ball to the first marker and then run to second marker and move ball around head
  • In pairs throw ball to each other (1m) away as you move towards the end marker and then run back
  • In pairs bounce ball to each other as you move towards the end marker and then run back

Variations:

  • To avoid too much waiting in line, if you have enough balls, next child can go once child in front of them reaches first marker
  • Can make this into a relay race
  • If you have access to a basketball goal you can have this at the end of the markers for the children to have a shot at

Teaching Points:

Catching

  • Watch the ball
  • Soft fingers, big hands
  • Thumbs together and up (butterfly hands) for balls above waist and fingers pointing down (wriggly worms) for balls below waist
  • Reach out for the ball and catch with two hands

Dribbling

  • Push the ball down when dribbling
  • Keep the ball in front and to the side
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