Blake Rubin: Getting Kids Interested in Basketball
It’s great when kids get interested in basketball (or any sport!) – it gets them out of the house and into the fresh air. It’s also great if they start playing a sport when they are very young and find out that they love it. It may be something they want to pursue through high school and even into college and beyond!
Your kids may be too young to play a “real” game of basketball, but there are other games you can play on the court with them to encourage the love of the sport.
- H-O-R-S-E. You may remember this one from your childhood. One player picks a spot on the court and takes a shot. If they make a basket, the next player has to make the exact same shot. If they don’t make it, they get an “H.” The game continues like this until a player gets all five letters to spell “horse.”
- Firing squad. In this game, kids don’t have to wait around too long for their turn to play. Each player has a ball and starts at the first spot, say at the right corner of the court. The player keeps shooting, rebounds their own shots, and gets to advance to the next spot after they make the basket. The first player to get to the last spot (at the left hand corner) wins.
- Red light, green light. There are also fun games to improve their dribbling skills. Have the kids line up on the base line with a ball. When you yell “green light” the players move forward as fast as they can while dribbling. When you yell “red light” they have to stop while still dribbling. If a player’s dribbling is uncontrolled, they go back to the starting line. The winner is the first player to cross the end line.