Basketball Golf


Basketball Golf

State Standard1, 2, & 4

Equipment: One basketball per student, poly spots, score sheets, & pencils Grade: 3-5
Purpose of Event: Shooting Technique & Counting
Time: 15-20 minutes
Organization: Students work individually during this activity.  Before beginning, arrange poly spots at each basket.  Try to have at least 9 spots (holes) total.  Arrange each spot a different distance away from the basket.  Assign 2-3 students to each spot.

Basketball Golf: The children begin this activity by shooting the ball from the spot (hole).  If they make their shot on the first try, they mark a one on their score sheet.  If they miss the first shot, they run and get the rebound.  Wherever they get the rebound is where they shoot the next shot.  This process continues until they have made the shot.  Once they have made the shot, they record their score on the score sheet and move on to the next hole.  Variation: Instead of having students continue to shoot until they make the shot, set a limit of five shots at each hole.

Concerns: Move safely around the gym.
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Dot Shooting


Dot Shooting

State Standard: 1, 2, & 4

Equipment: Several basketballs, basketball hoops, cones, poly spots, & hula-hoops Grade: 2-5
Purpose of Event: Dribbling a basketball while attempting a shot.
Time: 20-25 minutes

Organization:  Divide the class into 4 teams (relay style) and have them line up outside the three point line at each basketball hoop (my gym has four hoops). Give each team one basketball. Place several poly spots (I used six) around the inside of the perimeter to mark the spots where students shoot from. 

Dot Shooting: On the signal, the first player in each line will dribble their basketball to a poly spot “dots” and attempt a shot (using the proper progression as much as possible). If the player makes their shot from the specific dot they pick-up it up and place it in their teams hula-hoop (holder for poly spots). The next player in line then attempts their shot from another dot (once receiving the pass from the first player). However, if this player misses their shot they do NOT pick up their dot and return the pass the next player. The goal is for each team to collect all their dots before the other teams by making their shots from each dot. Once a team has collect all their dots that team wins. If there is time we start another round.

Variations: For older students; move the poly spots outside the perimeter or three point line for tougher shots. May have to move spots in closer and lower the hoops for the younger students.

Concerns: Move safely around the gym. Make sure students are taking turns and staying in their order in their lines!!
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State Standard: 1, 3, & 4

Equipment: 1 nerf ball, jerseys  (I use about 6-8 balls for 22 students)
Grade: 4+
Purpose of Event: Kicking, shooting, throwing, Working on Basketball and Soccer skills
Time: 15-20 minutes

Divide class into 2 teams, and each team stands on their sideline.  Five players from each team go onto the court to start the game.  I start with the ball on the floor in the middle of the gym (if using more than one ball, have them all scattered)  The remaining sideline players are goalies.  Each team has unlimited passing between the sideline and the court. 

Court players cannot pick a ball up off the floor but my use their hands to catch a ball in the air or can convert it by lifting it with the feet and then catching it, only side lines players may pick a ball up off of the floor.  Court players could also kick the ball to a sideline player and have them pick it up and throw it back. Court players can kick the ball any teammate and if it is in the air, they can catch it with their hands.  Once the ball is in the hand, court players may only take 3 steps, then they need to pass, kick or shoot.  Goalies may not move with the ball in their hands.

The object of the game is to score points in the following ways: (Only court players may score!)      throwing the ball through the goalies on the other sideline and hitting the wall (1 point);  kicking the ball through the goalies on the other sideline and hitting the wall (3 points); by shooting the ball through your own basket (1 point). If a basket is scored, the ball is immediately given to the end goalie on the opposite team.

Players remain in the middle for 1-3 minutes and then go to the end of their sidelines, and the other end of their line goes to the court.

Variations: Have 3-4 balls going! 

Concerns: Keep kicking low and under control, don’t add additional balls until they understand game.
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