Wouldn’t it be great to get Kentucky’s coach John Calipari to teach teach Passing to your kids and have some NBA players demonstrate it?
Well with technology this is now possible. During the second lesson our basketball unit we focus on passing and shooting skills. Check out the video below to see how we quickly teach passing through a youtube video and demonstration.
The kids really liked seeing NBA players and I think it helped some of the more advanced students buy into doing some basic passing practice – it helps kids to see that even advanced players need to work on basic skills to get better.
Here is the youtube video we used for the demo, if you want to use it in your lessons:
After the passing practice we do a quick review of B.E.E.F. shooting cues that we learned during the previous week. After allowing students some practice time, we play a fun game called Hot Shotz. See a demonstration below.
This is an awesome game to play with any level. For our younger students we just crank the goals down and use Gatorskin balls instead of basketballs. We also move the dots in closer to the goal to make it easier for them.
For a long time I found it hard to teach younger students to shoot properly. It’s tough for them because they don’t have the physical strength to get the ball up to the goal. I’ve had a lot more success using 6” gatorskin balls or the smaller arcade style basketballs with my younger students and even offering them as a choice with my 2nd and 3rd grade students if they want to use them. It’s also good to remind your students to use their legs to jump up when they take a shot to help them get some more power behind the ball.
See an example of the smaller ball below as I teach B.E.E.F. to 2nd graders:
Hope those ideas are helpful! Thanks for reading.
If you have some more tips leave them in the comments!
Have fun and teach on!