Category: Basketball

Red-Light Green-Light Dribbling

Grade level: 4-8
Equipment: Basketballs
Game Description: This P.E. game has students practice basic start and stop signals, as well as the dribbling skill in basketball. It’s the typical red means stop, green means go game but with the added difficulty of dribbling the basketball (but no double dribble)!

Bump

Grade level: 5-8
Equipment: 2 basketballs
Game Description: What a fun shooting game! Players can get really sweaty; a good sign of healthy exercise. This continuous shooting game gives lots of reps of practice for the shooting skill. Even when players get knocked out of the game, they can either cheer on their friends who are left in the game or go shooting around on another hoop. This is a definite must-play physical education game, especially as a part of a basketball unit.

3-on-3

Grade level: 5-8
Equipment: Basketball
Game Description: 3-on-3 basketball is a great way to play a scrimmage-type game using only 1 net. It’s great for practicing screens, picks and rolls, give and gos, triangles, cuts, and all other fundamental basketball skills. Many lunch hours have been spend in the gym playing good old 3 on 3 basketball.

HORSE

Grade level: 5-8
Equipment: Basketball
Game Description: The goal is to not be the HORSE. In this basketball shooting game, players must make the same shot that has been made by the player before them, or else they get a letter. So if your friend shoots from downtown and makes it, then you have to make that exact same shot, or you get a letter ‘H’. Fun little game to play with anywhere from 2-5 people.

Around The World

Grade level: 5-8
Equipment: Basketballs
Game Description: Another basketball shooting game where players attempt to be the first to make it around the world by successfully making shots from different spots around the hoop. At each shooting spot, players can take a 2nd chance if they miss the first, however, if they miss their chance, then they must return to the beginning. Another great shooting game for PE class.

21

Grade level: 5-8
Equipment: Basketball
Game Description: 21 is perhaps the most popular shooting game for basketball. The idea is simple: be the first to reach 21 points. Normally played in pairs or threes, players take turns shooting for 1 or 2 points – unless you’re really good, you could make it to 21 without your opponent even having a chance to shoot! Great game for practicing free throws (foul shots).

Knockout (Basketball)

Grade level: 4-8
Equipment: Basketballs
Game Description: Knockout is a dribbling game in which players attempt to keep control of their own ball, while at the same time trying to knock out other players. No double dribble allowed! If a player gets knocked out, then he can stand along the edge line and try to knock out someone else’s ball from there. Read More →