Believe it or not, dribbling is a multi-sport skill. It may play a prominent role in basketball, but dribbling is much more than pounding the hardwood.
Our dribbling activity teaches basic bouncing skills, enhances eye-hand coordination and instills good listening skills, all important fundamentals for team sports. Grab your child’s favourite ball, find a wide-open space and let the learning begin.
- Go outside to your favourite play area. Pavement produces the best bounce.
- Pick a size appropriate ball for your child (the smaller the ball, the more difficult the activity). You’ll also need a ball.
- Begin the warm-up by letting your child bounce the ball however they please. They may surprise you with what they already know!
- Once they’re in the bouncing mood, it’s time to begin. Show them a two-handed bounce. Both hands should come into contact with the ball at the same time.
- Then demonstrate a right handed and left handed bounce. Depending on whether your child is left or right handed, one of the bounces will present more of a challenge.
- Practice all three bounces.
- Once they’ve learned all three dribbles, have them mirror the leader (that’s you!) When you bounce, they bounce. Call out what bounce you want them to use: two-handed, left, or right.
For added difficulty
Change the size of the ball
Challenge your child to not look at the ball while bouncing