Youth Basketball Skill Building Competitions
Races – Once you have taught dribbling basics you can use a
variety of fun competitions to improve the skills. The ideas
listed below can be used in any number of down and back
repetitions. You can divide the children into as many teams as
you want. 2-3 teams usually works best. Change members of the
teams often to give everyone a chance to be on a winning team.
When one race is over, move on to the next one. This lets the
children briefly celebrate – but not over do it.
hand down – One hand back
Weakhand: Have the children do the race with their weak
hand only. Make sure your coaching instruction reminds them to
look up at you as they race up and down the floor.
Crossover: Have the children dribble R-L-R-L all the
way down and back.
and Start: In this version, the children have to get
quick starts and stops to win the race.
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