Line Pass (Stationary Line/Rotating Line): Get a lot of practice passing balls/ etc. with a variety of partners
- Line up the class so that there are two lines facing each other about ten feet apart.
- Spread out, so everyone is directly across from a partner.
- For K-2, it helps if each participant has a polyspot to stand on. You may want to use playground balls rather than basketballs.
- One line is the Stationary line – each person in that line gets a ball. They are in charge of the ball and always hold it during transitions.
- The other line is the rotating line – they will rotate down to the next person in line during the transition music.
- MUSIC: I set up a playlist of about 20 songs and set the time for 40 seconds. Then I place a transition song that repeats between songs that is about 10 seconds long.
- Start music: Students pass the ball back and forth. Start with a bounce pass which is usually more accurate and easier to catch.
- Rotate: After the songs ends there is a ten second transition song for the person at the end of the rotating line to run up and take their place at the beginning of the line. Everyone else in the rotating line moves down one place.
- Reminders: A good pass is one that your partner catches. How many passes can you make in 40 seconds.
- Adjust the length of the pass according to each grade level. Then adjust during the activity for each grade level.
- Vary the style of passes: Bounce, chest, overhead
Variations: Stop the activity at any time to make changes. The stationary line now gets a chance to run over and make the change this time. Here’s some possibilities:
- Chest Pass with Playground Balls/Basketballs
- Bounce Pass with Playground Balls/Basketballs
- Foam balls
- Deck Rings
- Spinjammers/ Soft Frisbee
Equipment and Setup:
- For Grades K-2 Use playground balls
- For Grades 3/4/5 Use basketballs
- Students spread out in their personal space
- Adjust this list to the level of your students
- Teacher up front to lead activities
Teacher Leads – Students Follow
- Foot Dribble: Bounce ball up to self using foot
- Hold ankle dribble: Dribble ball while holding one ankle and balancing on one foot.
- Heel Slap Dribble: Dribble with one hand while slapping your heel with the other
- Massage and Dribble: Can you rub the back of your neck and dribble a ball?
- Bounce High: Bounce ball high while ball doesn’t go above hand
- Bounce Low: Bounce as low as possible
- Catch while you’re off the floor: Throw ball and catch while jumping
- Catch as low as you can: Bounce ball and catch as close to the floor as possible
- Butterfly Drill: Hold ball between legs – do scissors – ball stays between legs
- Throw back to front: Hold ball in back with both hands and throw in front to catch
- Throw front to back: Throw ball up and catch it behind your back
- Throw, jump 360, catch: Throw ball up and make a complete turn and catch
- Roller ball: Balance ball behind your neck, let the ball roll down your back, then catch ball at your lower back.
- Floor slap: Throw ball on the floor – slap both hands on floor – then catch
- Stand to Lying Down Dribble: High dribble, medium dribble, sit on the floor and keep dribbling, then lie down on your back and keep dribbling. Keep dribbling and slowly begin standing up.
- Homer Simpson: Run in a circle while dribbling your ball in the same place.
- Monkey Walk: Walk while moving the ball between your legs
- Crossover Dribble: Dribble right -left- right -left.
- Heads Up Dribble: Watch the teacher move a ball side-to-side and move accordinglyHold ball in back with both hands and throw in front to catch
- Homer Simpson: Run in a circle while dribbling your ball on an exact spot on the floor. Then reverse directions. Can you do it while skipping? Skipping backwards?
Basketball/Playground Balls Game and Activity Links
Recycle the Basketballs
Teach these a few at a time while students move around the gym by themselves. The music stops whenever it’s time to teach a new set of skills. When you get to the partner section, students pick someone close to them.
Group Formation: Spread out on the floor with space between you. Move around the gym in a clockwise direction (random style if group is capable).
- Stomp Clap: Stomp one foot and clap to the Music: An Angel Went up in Flames
- Hit the Lonesome Trail: Walk/strut to the Music: Turkey in the Straw
- Turn One Alone: Pivot around one time while moving. Music: Ol Joe Clark
- Cyclone: While walking turn around 2 times and continue walking. Music: Ol Joe Clark
- Pony Express: Do the step twice as fast Music: Boil the Cabbage Down The Grascals
- WildHorse: Keep one foot in front and gallop like a horse around the gym. Music: Wild Horse by RaeLynn
- Riding a Horse, Lasso: Wrist over Wrist Gangman Style PSY
- Honor Your Partner: Face your partner and bow. Music: Salty Dog Blues Grisman
- Circle Up Two: Join hands and skip in a circle. Music: Rocky Top
- Elbow Turn: Do right arm turn, then left. Music: American Folk
- Horse and Jockey: Stand one in front of the other, back partner’s hands are on the shoulders.
- Gallop together. Music: William Tell Overture Wee Sing
- Change Jockeys: Switch places.