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These hand-dribbling exercises stress “keep your ball in your foot pocket”
P.E. & Health
Title – Hand Dribbling
By – Justin Laurence
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – 2-3
Cues: Keep the ball in your “foot pocket”
Activity 1: Have students stand facing the wall. Give each student a rubber spot to put behind their back foot. Have the students stand perpendicular to the wall. Have the student dribble their ball, each time trying to land the ball on the designated spot next to their foot. This will introduce to them the idea of keeping the ball in their “foot pocket.” This activity will help to give the students an easy way to keep control of the ball. Also, encourage students to use both their dominant and non-dominant hand.
Activity 2: Have students get a partner. Each student in the class will need a ball. This will be a matching/mirroring activity. Students will face each other and one will begin to dribble. The other student must match/mirror the actions of their partner. Matching will prove to be easier than mirroring, so remember to start with matching before escalating to mirroring. Make sure to emphasize children to practice keeping the ball in control, and to remind them that by keeping the ball in their “foot pocket,” they will find it much easier to do so.
Activity 3: Place rubber spots all around the center of the gym. Have half the students go to the end line with a ball, and the other half stand on one of the spots. The object of the game is for the students with the ball to safely dribble to the opposite end of the gymnasium. The object for the other students is to knock the ball away from the dribblers while having their two feet remain on the spot. If one of the spot holders knocks the ball away, they will then switch places with the dribbler. This will help the dribblers to focus on keeping the ball in a safe spot, dribbling it right next to their leg.