Ball Skills Introduction

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

Ball Skills Intro

Dribble Train

Rotating/Stationary Line Passing

Recycle the Basketballs

Polyspot Basketball

Music in the Gym

Music in the Gym 2020

  • Be Nice (feat. Snoop Dogg) 3:49 The Black Eyed Peas
  • The Other Side 3:08 SZA & Justin Timberlake
  • Dance Monkey 3:29 Tones and I
  • It’s Gonna Be a Lovely Day    3:52 (The Secret Life of Pets 2)
  • Go 2:27 The Black Keys
  • All I Want 2:57 Olivia Rodrigo
  • I Just Wanna Shine 3:28 Fitz & The Tantrums
  • Unbreakable 3:25 Janelle Monáe & Kelly Clarkson
  • 123456 3:05 Fitz & The Tantrums
  • Yo Quiero (Finale Version) 2:52 Jacob Forever
  • Salsa Y Sabor 3:01 Tito Puente
  • Beautiful Life 3:23    (From Abominable) Bebe Rexha
  • House Party 3:03 The Cash Box Kings
  • Shout (Glee Cast Version) 4:21 Glee Cast
  • All the Feels 3:16 Fitz & The Tantrums
  • Internacionales 3:08 Bomba Estéreo
  • Everyday Life 4:19 Coldplay
  • Back Down 4:10 Bob Moses
  • Feel It Still 2:43 Portugal. The Man
  • Eugene Oregon 2:54 Dolly Parton
  • Coming Home (Oregon) 3:24 Mat Kearney


Transition Songs

  1. Rebel Blockade Runner (Star Wars)   ♫   John Williams
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark   ♫  John Williams
  3. Light the Fuse (Mission Impossible Theme)   ♫ Michael Giacchino
  4. Jeopardy Theme   ♫   TeeVee Tunes