These fun drills for youth basketball seem to help the younger players quickly grasp the concept of a basketball about to go out of bounds,i.e.- when and when NOT to swat it back into play.
It teaches the concept and the differences between when the opponents last touch the ball VS. when our team last touches a ball.
Teaching them the concept of a basketball about to go out of bounds,i.e.- when and when not to swat it back into play.
- First, I have the kids circle around me and I discuss what ‘out of bounds’ means, particularly when a ball is crossing that line.
- I mix-in a lot of questions to keep them listening and involved.
- I line them up near the foul line and I’ll announce either “US” or “THEM”.
- Immediately, I’ll bounce the ball toward the foul line.
- My bounces are not always perfect, and sometimes a kid will react correctly,e.g.- “THEM” yet recovering the ball safely—the youth’s foot stays in bounds.
- I give immediate praise for proper responses: “Great job” / “Excellent”, AND “Uh-oh! See what happened?” / “Let that one go next time, and use your body to guard the other team from knocking it back in. You’re getting it(!) for boo-boos.
Smiles and laughs abound!
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