Basketball is a popular game when played in its traditional, vanilla style; however, if you ever want to mix it up, here are a few more varieties that are great for children.
1. Dribble Knockout
Dribble Knockout is a classic. It’s a fantastic way to develop spatial awareness, ball protection skills, and, of course, dribbling ability. The game is simple and doesn’t require any special equipment. Players are confined to a single area of the court (within the 3-point line, for example) and given a ball each.
The object of the game is simple: keep your dribble going while trying to knock other player’s balls away. Anyone who loses their dribble or leaves the designated area is eliminated. You can introduce an additional layer of difficulty by shrinking the size of the play area as the number of players diminishes.
2. Basketball Bingo
This is a great way to keep kids engaged while they’re not on the court. Children can become impatient when sidelined, but there’s a lot to be learned simply by observing. Giving them an activity that forces them to focus on the game is a fantastic way to keep them interested.
Most people are familiar with the rules of bingo and use a bingo sites reviewer to find their preferred format, but it’s just as easy to make your own bingo rules! Basketball bingo involves creating a custom bingo card with terms like ‘fast pass,’ ‘airball’ and ‘double dribble.’ Players mark their cards every time one of these occurs in the match.
The best thing about this game is that it encourages children to watch carefully and compete to fill their cards first. It can even be developed by adding increasingly technical terms.
Golf has always been popular amongst elite basketball players. This game takes golf’s unique scoring system and fuses it with basketball. Certain areas of the court are designated as ‘holes.’ Players must make their way around the court, shooting from every hole.
The aim is to get around the court with the fewest possible shots, a system that encourages accuracy and precision shooting. When everybody has finished their round, the person with the lowest score wins.
There are plenty of possible variations to this exercise. Players can take their shots from the spot where they caught their rebound, or coaches can increase/decrease the number of holes involved.
A game that feels nearly as old as time itself, H-O-R-S-E is probably the first warmup that kids will play. Relative simplicity is its major benefit. It also encourages creative shot selection. H-O-R-S-E can be played with any number of participants.
The first player announces the type of shot they plan to make and from where. If they’re successful, the second player has to replicate it. Should they fail, the next player chooses a different kind of shot – these have to be unique, so the game demands creative thinking.
Anyone who misses is given the letter H. If they miss again, they receive an O and so forth until they’ve spelled the word ‘horse,’ at which point they’re eliminated from the game. Some coaches choose shorter words like pig or dog to increase the difficulty, and countless strategies for success at this game have developed over the years.