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:
Teaching Shooting with BEEF Cues
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 Spots.
If you’re interested, check out a run through of the game 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.
Note: If you have 4 students on a team, use 3 gator skin balls per team to reduce any waiting around and to give students more practice time.
Using a Smaller Ball for Shooting Skills
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 way more success using 6” gatorskin balls or the 7″ Mini Basketballs with my younger students and even offering them as a choice with my 3rd and 4th 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.
Another CLASSIC shooting game that I teach my 3rd – 5th graders is the popular basketball game Knockout.
I play a version I call “Round Robin Knockout” which you can check out below if you’re intersested:
Basketball Station Activities
With my K-2nd Graders I also do lots of Station Work so they can build up the fundamental skills needed to play modified games – you can purchase my Station Signs HERE if you’re interested (see a few examples of the signs below)
And last but not least, if you want to see my Basketball Cues Poster (and all my other posters) make sure to check out the PE Poster Tour of all the infographics on my gym walls.
Hope those ideas are helpful! Thanks for reading.
If you have some more tips leave them in the comments!
Have fun and teach on!