Line Basketball

Age Range: 7 - 11
By: Dr. Timothy Sawicki

1) Divide the class into two lines of players facing each other.

2) Number each player in each line - for example one side are numbers #1-15 and the other line are numbers #1-15 so that the lines form partners facing each other...it may be wise for the teacher to ask the children to line up across from someone of equal basketball ability...

3) Place two basketballs in between the lines which are 3 metres or 10 feet apart facing each other ...

4) The teacher explains that he / she will call the first number from 1-15 and those two players must race to the 2 basketballs in front of the two lines of players (half way into each line), i.e.

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5) Once the ball is retrived by the two players (i.e., #7's), they pass the ball to each player down their line.. one player passes to their teammates one way, the other team goes the other way.

6) Both players chest pass down the line to each teammate and once reaching the end of all passes tries to make a basket shooting from outside the key. The first player to score a basket gets one point for their team. If a players misses, he/she keeps shooting from outside the key... play continues until one of the basketballs goes in from the two competing players...

7) After one basketball goes in, both balls are returned to the centre between the two lines facing each other and the losing player gets to yell the next number from 1-15...Play the game up to 10 points (which requires up to 20 numbers called so everyone gets a turn)

Modifications:

  • if the class is odd numbered the teacher gets to play as the last number (it is not usually recommended for a teacher to play with the class!)
    but this is a very light, controlled activity and the class has great fun watching the teacher compete in a low organizational activity against a student
  • instead of a jump shot outside the key allow a lay up
  • instead of a basketball use another light ball like a playground ball
  • allow players to shoot from closer
  • instead of the chest pass dribble in and out in a zig zag between teammates..

This is a highly energenic exciting game with lots of cheering and nail biting... enjoy!

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Saniya1

very good drill.tried it and the kids loved it.... thanx

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Basketball Bett...

Well, this information about line basketball would be of fantastic help to anybody who would come to read this 1. Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts..

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dricx

Love this!

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Bec

I've recently taken on a PE teacher role, and this was a great game with my grade 5 /6 class. They really responded to the competitive nature and the variation in shooting allowed my more experienced basketball players, to try more difficult shots, keeping them interested in the game. Thank you

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tony

This game sounds like a perfect combination of passing, dribbling, and shooting for young kids while also keeping everyone involved and feeling like part of the team. Can't wait to try this out with my basketball camp!

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Katelynn Wolter

This sounds like fun.

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Mr. Godsey

I know a lot of my students next year and I know they will love this game. Thank you

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5

Miss S

Really fun & competitive game. My class loved it (age 11-13).

At first we played it with students in 2 random teams, then I got them to partner up with someone of similar shooting ability. Then I separated them apart, one on each team, so that they were competing directly with someone who was of the same level. This improved the game and I think the students enjoyed it more.

Sportsmanship is key to this game, encouraging one another, even if some students aren't quite as quick or skillful in shooting hoops

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5