How to teach the essential basketball skills

Give your class the opportunity to improve on their basketball skills – You don’t need to be the pro yourself as the teacher, you just need to know the core coaching points when starting out (for grades 3-6).

Take a look at the fundamental skills below, (part of the ‘Basketball PE lessons’ pack) – and teach them in your next gym class when working on basketball. If you need an example basketball lesson, click here to see an easy to follow 1-hour example lesson.

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  1. Use your fingertips to bounce the ball
  2. Stay low by bending your knees as you move
  3. Try to keep your head up as much as you can
  4. Keep your hand above/on top of the ball while bouncing it
  5. Use your body to shield/protect the ball when defenders are trying to steal it from you
  •  You are not allowed to bounce the ball, catch it, then bounce again
  • You must bounce the ball within every 1 and a half steps

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  1. Bounce the ball across your body from left…to right…to left in a ‘v’ motion of the ball
  2. Move/rock your body as the ball moves side to side, staying low with your head up

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(Chest pass)

  1. Hold the ball with 2 hands in front of your chest
  2. Step forward and push the ball to your target (once you have let go, point your hands to where you are passing to

(Pivoting)

  • If you stop dribbling and are holding the ball in both hands, you can keep one foot on the floor (it cannot come off), and swivel/rotate your body around and then pass

Other types…

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  1. Face the net with your feet shoulder width apart, holding the ball with your strong hand under it, and support the ball with your other hand on the side 
  2. Lift the ball up in front of your head, making an L-shape with your elbow/strong arm
  3. Use your whole body to push the ball, straighten out your elbow and release the ball off your wrist to get backspin with the ball

(tips)

  • Hold the ball with spread fingers, and snap your wrist as you release the ball to get backspin
  • You can aim to shoot the ball off the backboard and into the basket
  • Try to shoot in a high arc towards the basket

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(opposite for left hand from left side of basket)

  1. Dribble towards the basket from the right side and leap up off your left leg with a high right knee, and grab the ball with both hands
  2. While in the air, roll/release the ball off your right hand with your fingers to bounce it off the backboard into the basket

(tips)

  • You are allowed to take 2 steps after you have stopped dribbling, to shoot a layup
  • Jump off your foot opposite to your shooting hand
  • Try to stay upright and balanced in the air
  • Aim for the sweetspot (top corner) of the square on the backboard

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Take a look at our Basketball PE lessons pack – You’ll be fully equipped with a huge range of activities for your grades 3-6, and the unit is great to start anytime of year in the gym/sports hall

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Co-operate & Compete: 6 fun pair skill-stations cards (printable)

Need some refreshing and inspiring ideas for sport skills to teach? Try these simple to set up, self-running PE stations for your class to rotate around. Students work in groups of 2, and in some of the activities they play against each other, and in others they’ll need to work together – We’ve given you 6 station activities (striking, moving, bouncing, throwing & catching, kicking) to try below, part of the Grade 3-6 PE Skill Stations pack. 

› The pictures below are printable station cards (right click to view/save) that you can print out and fold in half to laminate – you can put the cards down at each station to remind the kids what to do…

  1. Set up the stations below (you can choose students to help), with enough equipment for the class
  2. Explain and go through each station to the class
  3. Get the class into pairs, and put an equal amount of pairs at each station (e.g 24 students = 12 pairs = 2 pairs at each station)
  4. Allow 4-5 minutes for the kids to complete the tasks
  5. Blow your whistle – kids reset the stations and move to the next activity
  6. Keep going until each group has been around all the stations

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Let us know you and your classes’ favourites – and check out 44 more stations in the resource pack, awesome for grades 3-6 ›››

50 exciting Sport Stations

1. 50 exciting Sport Stations 
You’ll be fully equipped with 50 easy to set up stations, with clear instructions on how to run each activity. Get high scores and set new records as pairs work together and against each other! There are 10 activities for each skill element, for:
Striking (hockey, tennis, baseball
Moving (running, dodging, jump, balancing)
Bouncing (basketball, handball)
Throwing & Catching (baseball, American football…)
Kicking (soccer)8

2. Printable station cards
You are also provided with a file with all the stations, layed out in a way that you can print out, fold in half, then laminate to last a long time. You can then put the station cards on the wall, or on a cone at the station you setup, so kids know exactly what to do.

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Check out the pack now!

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A Soccer lesson to try – ‘Controlling the ball and quick passing’

Are you teaching PE this week and need a few ideas on what to do? Here’s a soccer plan you can teach in an hour lesson (click here to view the essential soccer skills) – Easy to setup, simple to follow, and your class will have a fun time developing their soccer and teamwork skills!

» This is 1 example lesson below, there are 6 plans along with over 45 different activities in the ‘Soccer PE lessons’ pack « 

(you can click on the pictures below and save them to your computer to teach) 

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Hopefully these activities will give you some confidence in teaching soccer to your grades 3-6. If you liked these, we’ve got a whole soccer unit available for you to check out ››

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PE Coaching fundamentals. 6 ways to get the most out of your lessons

Now you’ve had a chance to look at some skill activities to try out (if not, have a look here), this short post covers a few fundamental principles to really MAXIMISE what your kids can get out of the lesson.

At elementary level, it is crucial that focus is placed on 🏀 enjoyment 🎾 individual effort 🏈 team co-operation 🏒 skill exploration. Naturally, kids may be drawn to competition, but never place the emphasis on the winners – always give praise and reward to those who put in the most effort no matter what the outcome.

Read the 6 tips below (or watch the video) – Perhaps try to put into practice 1 principle a lesson, and within 6 lessons your teaching technique and confidence will be greatly developed ›››

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Always visually show the children what they need to do – it doesn’t matter if you can can’t do the skill properly yourself! Click to view our “How to teach the core PE skills” videos for a recap on what exactly to say when you are demonstrating skills to your class.

  • Use a child to demonstrate where possible
  • Show the action from the front and side

Ask for feedback with questions to check for understanding…

  • “Look at my legs when I kick the ball, what are they doing?”
  • “What is my non-throwing hand doing”
  • “What can I do to get more power?”

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Once a skill has been shown, get the students to copy you, without a ball, going through the motions of performing the skill so they can get an idea of what it feels like.

  • Do this 3-4 times, then give plenty of opportunities to experience with a ball

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Use unique phrases the children can relate with, making it fun and easier to grasp

  • “Stand in your warrior pose holding your cannonball behind you, and point to the castle before firing.”
  • ” Swing your golf club leg behind you before shooting the egg into the cave”

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The less waiting around the better…whatever you can to maximise  hands-on participation time.

  • Where and when needed, create an additional line, group or extra team to if you have the space and kids are just standing around waiting
  • If you have extra players, put them into 3’s instead of 2’s

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Encourage personal achievement, trying to beat your personal best,  or “one more than before”, for example:

  • “See if you can score more than 4 goals”
  • “See how many catches you can do in a row
  • “How many cones can you collect in 2 minutes

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High energy levels and excitement (from our awesome activities) sometimes needs management out on the field or in the sports hall:

› Get them to hold their balls still when you are talking/explaining

  • Sit on your ball like it’s a horse”
  • “Squash the tomato with your foot”

› Get their attention and keep them quiet, educating them about different muscles

  • “Hands on your biceps (arms)”
  • “Touch your hamstrings (back of legs)”
  • “Sit on your gluteus maximus (bottom)”

Award ‘player of the day’ as positive reinforcement of good behaviour.


Hopefully you will take some of these tips and put them into practice in your next lessons. We’d love for you to let us know in the comments of any other great ways you have managed to develop your kids skills out on the field. These tips are a great support to the complete K-2 PE games pack, which has HEAPS of content – lesson plans, games, skills, challenges and ideas to get your class loving your sport lessons ›››

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How to teach the ‘Kicking’ skills -Turn your K-3’s into soccer stars

Are you struggling with ideas for your next PE lesson you need to teach? Do you need help with some of the key points when trying to teach soccer? It’s time to impress your class as the most awesome soccer coach/teacher, and it starts with the basics of:

  • Dribbling and control
  • Inside foot passing
  • Shooting and big kicks
  • Individual skills

First, watch the ‘How to teach Kicking ‘ PE instructional video below ›

Now you’ve watched video to see the simple demonstrations on the variations, recap with the printable skill cards (click to view) ›

Take a look at the “See if you can…” poster below (click it to view and/or save), which gives you some quick ideas for individual challenges your students can try out, exploring their soccer dribbling and ball handling ability (you can print it out a put it in your sport hall) ›

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Now most importantly, check out the Complete K-2 PE and Sport skill & games pack – a perfect resource for elementary teachers who need everything prepared for them when it comes to PE! It’s packed with all the fundamental skill elements, and the kicking section includes the following games/drills:

• squash the tomatoes • strike the coconuts • boot the fruit • falling plums • space launchers • cross the river • tidy the bedroom • paint the eggs • dash & dribble • slippery snakes • bump the bees • save the eggs • the sleeping giant • castle knockdown • through the gates • golden nuggets • follow the leader • guard the yard • angry birds • soccer bull rush • pun the pears • go for goal • challengers • clean the sea • captain ball • traffic lights • shooting stars • the amazing adventure • zig-zag relays…

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How to teach the ‘Moving’ skills – Key cues for skipping, leaping, jumping…

Let’s get your kids at lower elementary school off to a flying start by teaching them the different ways we can move around with our bodies. In this post we are going to cover the key words you can use for:

  • Jumping
  • Leaping
  • Skipping
  • Sprinting

First, watch the ‘How to teach Moving ‘ PE instructional video below ›

 

Now check out the printable skill cards for some of the basic things the kids need to know (click a skill to view) ›

 

 

Take a look at the “See if you can…” poster below (click to view and/or save), which gives you some quick ideas for individual challenges your students can try out, exploring their locomotion (you can print it out a put it in your sport hall) ›

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Now most importantly, check out the Complete K-2 PE and Sport skill & games pack – a perfect resource for elementary teachers who need everything prepared for them when it comes to PE! It’s packed with all the fundamental skill elements, and the moving section includes the following games/drills:

• rotten eggs • incredible imaginations • cross the pond • mouse traps • climbing up the ladder • sprinting cheetahs • flags • chase the chickens • frogs on the lilly pads • over the canon • jump the crocs • hurdling horses • circus training • collect the treasure • safe to shore • copy cats • follow the leader…

How to teach the ‘Bouncing’ skills – Key cues for basketball dribbling and control

You may have never played basketball yourself, but that’s why we’re here to help – In this post we’ll give you the simple phrases to use when teaching basketball in your next PE lesson, to help your class on the way to becoming basketball stars!

Watch the ‘How to teach Bouncing ‘ PE instructional video below, which covers

• Bouncing with 1 hand
• Cross-overs
• Dribbling and ball handling skills

Take a look at the “See if you can…” poster below (click it to view and/or save), which gives you some quick ideas for individual challenges your students can try out, exploring their basketball dribbling and ball handling ability (you can print it out a put it in your sport hall) ›

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Now most importantly, check out the Complete K-2 PE and Sport skill & games pack – a perfect resource for elementary teachers who need everything prepared for them when it comes to PE! It’s packed with all the fundamental skill elements, and the bouncing section includes the following games/drills:

• all you can dribble • ball control • dodge the dinosaurs • paint the eggs • grumpy grandpas • chasers • rob the nest • sweep the beach • shark attack • the iceman • weaving’ wasps • racing cars • air traffic control • nifty ninjas • round the world • into the hole • babel challengers • the incredible journey • zig-zag relays..

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How to teach the ‘Striking’ skills – Key cues for hitting a ball with a racquet, stick or bat

Do you need to help when it comes to teaching the key cues for tennis, baseball, and hockey? Your kindies, grade 1’s 2’s and 3’s will love you for your new-found expertise in coaching them what to do to turn them into little sport stars! In this post you will be given some quick tips on how to successfully (and safely!) instruct your kids to perform:

  • A baseball swing ⚾
  • A 1-handed tennis hit 🎾
  • Overhead striking 🏐
  • Hockey dribbling 🏒

First, watch the ‘How to teach Striking ‘ PE instructional video below 

Now you’ve watched video to see the simple demonstrations, recap with the printable skill cards (click to view) ›

Take a look at the “See if you can…” poster below (click it to view and/or save), which gives you some quick ideas for individual challenges your students can try out, exploring their tennis and hockey ability (you can print it out a put it in your sport hall) ›

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Now most importantly, check out the Complete K-2 PE and Sport skill & games pack – a perfect resource for elementary teachers who need everything prepared for them when it comes to PE! It’s packed with all the fundamental skill elements, and the striking section includes the following games/drills:

• catch the egg • knock the nuts • feed the lions • over the fence • quick baseball • hurl the pancakes • balloon juggling • feed & hit • in the hoop • charge • jailbreakers • knock over the towers • the blockers • through the gates • battleship strike down • dribble mayhem numbers hockey…

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‘Rapid Relay Races’: 6 competitive, challenging relay race ideas

Do you need some competitive sport ideas for your kids to do to break up their class time? Are you looking for some captivating ways to get your kids interested in your sport lessons? We’ve got a few ideas here for you to use in your next gym lesson using simple equipment that should be available at your school! Split your class up into equal teams, maybe in their house groups or school colours, and have them complete against each other with these exciting sport skill challenges.

These relay activities below are just a part of the Rapid Relay Races PE Sport – Grades K-3 pack, available now for immediate download onto your computer, tablet or smartphone, which now includes access to all 25 online ‘how-to-play’ videos.

🎽 6 races to try

Try these activities out these free activities below, we’ve given you a quick rundown for reach activity and the video of what it looks like! The first team to have each player complete the activity (one at a time) then all sit down wins. After, check out the complete pack containing 25 variations to work on your kids’ striking, moving, bouncing, throw & catching and kicking skills – where you’re also provided with instructions on how to teach the specific parts of the skills, and exactly what to say! 

  1. Split the class into 4 or 5 equal teams, then set up the relay race for each team
  2. Each group sits behind a starting cone at the start
  3. On “GO”, 1 person at a time from each group completes the task then comes back
  4. The next person in the group then goes…keep going until everyone has had a go
  5. The first group to all have completed the task wins

1 • Hockey target knockdown • a ‘striking’ pe challenge

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2 • Zig-zag sprinting • a ‘moving’ pe challenge

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3 • Weave in & out then shoot • a ‘bouncing’ pe challenge

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4 • Throw bean bags in the hoop • a ‘throwing’ pe challenge

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5 • Throw, clap and catch • a ‘catching’ pe challengecatch ball skills kids elementary school sport activity

6 • Dribble around the witch hat • a ‘kicking’ pe challenge

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We hope get a chance to play these 6 games at your gym or sports field, let us know your classes’ favourite out of the 6 – there’s 25 awesome activities to enjoy in the pack ›››

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‘Exploring PE Stations’ 6 awesome PE Station Activities for you to try straight away (K-3)

Stuck with ideas to engage your kids in gym class? Why not run these super fun, easy to set up stations for your class to rotate around through, challenge themselves, set personal records and record their results. We’ve given you 6 station activities to try below, part of the Exploring Stations PE & Sport Skills pack (K-3).

  1. Once you have set up the stations, explain and go through each station to the class
  2. Divide the class into 6 groups (1 group for each station), and put them at a station
  3. Allow 6-7 minutes for the kids to practice the skills
  4. Blow the whistle, each group rotates around to the next station
  5. Keep going until everyone has had a go on each station!

1 • Tap the ball through the hurdles • (striking)

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2 • Walk across the benches • (moving)

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3 • Bounce into the buckets • (bouncing)

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4 • Throw hoops over the cones • (throwing)

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5 • Catch the ball in the cone • (catching)

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6 • Drop, kick & catch • (kicking)

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Let us know your kids’ favourites – and check out more info on the whole pack below ›››

1. 60 exciting Sport Stations

You will be fully equipped with 60 easy to set up stations, with clear instructions on how to run each activity and improve your kids sports skills. There are 12 activities for each skill element, for:

 Striking  Moving  Bouncing  Throwing & Catching  Kicking

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These activities are going to help turn your kids into budding baseball, basketball, tennis, hockey, volleyball, american football and soccer stars in no time!! Impress your principal and other staff members with confidence, working on your pupils’ hand-eye co-ordination, balance, agility and fundamental movement skills!

2. Printable Station Cards
You are provided with a file with all the stations, layed out in a way that you can print out and laminate them to last a long time. You can then put the station cards on the wall, or on a cone at the station you setup, so kids know exactly what to do.

3. Individual score sheets 
You can print out a score sheet for each student, where they can record their results from the tasks given at each station. Not only does this encourage a personal challenge, it aids with reading comprehension and counting and recording data.

Example questions for the students to fill out:
• “I carried ___ balls into the bucket”
• ” I jumped over the hurdles ___ times”
• “I hit the pin down ___ times”
• ” The most fun station was number ___”

4. Online video access
Now you’ll have access to online videos for EACH individual skill station activity – you can play the video to your class so you can see exactly how the station is setup and what you need to do – Teaching PE has never been so easy!

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Check out the full pack now, complete with 60 stations to get your kids challenging themselves, setting records and getting awesome at sport!!

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Having these great ideas readily available on your iPad or printed out is a fantastic resource to use week by week, term by term, year by year, and we guarantee your kids will LOVE your new PE station ideas. This pack is also a great compliment to the Complete Kindergarten PE Sport Skills Games Pack , which has in-depth whole lesson plans for large classes, going through technique and progressions on each skill element.

Check out the stations at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/PE-Sport-Station-Activities-The-Exploring-Stations-PE-Sport-Skills-Grades-K-3-2857949


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