There are two extremely important aspects of going about teaching your child basketball when it is something they’re genuinely interested in. First, and most obviously, instilling good training and practice habits is an absolute must for becoming a good basketball player. But, just as important, a sense of drive and motivation needs to be instilled in the child to keep up these practice habits. One of the best ways to do that is to make practice fun. Working at our Edison trampoline park, we here at Rebounderz have a little bit of experience making basketball fun with our trampoline basketball court. To that end, we’d like to list some fun basketball drill examples.
The Bulldog Drill
This is a simple drill that blends ball control, concentration, and healthy competition to improve your child’s overall ball handling skills. The rules are as follows:
- Pick a player or ask for a volunteer, that person will be the bulldog. Give them a ball and have them stand at half court.
- Line up all the rest of the players on the baseline, and give them all basketballs as well.
- On your mark, the players will try to advanced passed half course while dribbling. Set a time limit to keep things interesting.
- The bulldogs will try to steal or knock away the balls from the rest of the team, all while maintaining a dribble themselves.
- Each time a bulldog knocks away a basketball, that person also becomes a bulldog.
- The last one standing wins, and gets to be the first bulldog next game.
This is a great drill for a plethora of skills. Not only will it help your kid perfect their free throw, but it will teach them to keep their cool in stressful situations, as well as improve quickness and reaction time. The rules are as follows:
- Line players up at the free throw line, and give the first two in line a ball.
- The first player shoots the ball. If they miss, they have to get the rebound and get it through the hoop before the second player makes the shot from the free throw line.
- If the first player makes their first shot, then they pass the ball to the next in line and run to the back of the line. Same goes if they make their layup after a miss before the second player makes their free throw.
- Should the second player make their shot before the first, the first is out of the game and gives the ball to the next player in line. This process continues until there is only one player left, who wins the game and gets to be the first shooter next round.
Loose Ball Drill
This is an intense one on one drill that builds up the tenacity necessary for competitive sports, while also improving reaction time and speed. The rules are as follows:
- Split the team up into pairs. Have them stand side by side on the baseline while facing the court.
- The coach then rolls the ball out onto the court, and when it gets some distance, they blow the whistle.
- At that point, the players sprint to the ball, and the first one to reach it tries to score a point on the other player.
- Should the player with the ball score, they win and both players go to the back of the line. Should the player with the ball miss, or have the ball stolen from them, they lose and both players go to the back of the line.
Hopefully these drills help your child on their journey to become a basketball superstar. Should you find them losing motivation for the sport, you can always take them to our Edison trampoline park basketball court. Give us a call for more information about our trampoline park activities!