I tried another couple of basketball-based games with 3rd and 4th graders this week. These focus on dribbling skills. I divided my class of 35 into 3 groups. One group had shooting practice while the other two played dribbling games.
Dribblerama: everyone has a ball. I used a big circle painted on the black top as boundaries. They must stay in the circle and dribble their ball. While dribbling they try and knock another players ball, causing them to lose control. If you lose control of your ball you are out. They played until their were 2-3 players left and those were declared winners. I had the “out” players dribble on the line around the edge to practice while they waited.
Stealer Ball: 1/2 the players have a ball. They must dribble continuously. Other players try and steal a ball. If stolen, then the stealer gets that ball and begins t0 dribble. The person who lost their ball must then try and steal from a different player. I used a half court as their boundaries.
Before these games I taught basketball standards of traveling, double dribble, etc. They could not stop and hold the ball or dribble with both hands.
PROS: Good dribbling practice with everyone engaged. More fun than just dribbling up and down and also gave them practice of staying in control in a game-like situation.
CONS: For dribblerama, you need a lot of balls (luckily my school has a good supply of equipment). Kids wore out quickly, don’t do for too long (5-7 minutes)