Basketball Drills and Plays

Basketball Drills for Second Graders

Basketball Drills for Second Graders

Focus on Fun 

When selecting basketball drills for second graders, it is important to look for drills that place the emphasis on fun while reinforcing the fundamental skills of the game such as dribbling and passing.  Practices provide a crucial opportunity to reward sportsmanship and teamwork, qualities that these young athletes will carry with them throughout their sporting careers, whether they make it to all the way to NBA or simply end up coaching their own kids’ teams someday.

Lay-Ups with Speed

It is important to include a variety of basketball drills for second graders at each of your practices to keep players engaged and interested in the task at hand.  This involves a mélange of solo, pair, and group drills.  A good solo drill to promote sportsmanship is this speed lay-up drill.

For this drill, one player is given a basketball and stands to the right of the basket while the rest of the team stands alongside or behind the player.  The coach blows their whistle, and sets a timer for one minute.  The player with the ball takes a lay-up shot from the right side of the basket.  After taking the shot, they catch their own rebound and try a lay-up shot from the left side.  As the player alternates sides for their lay-ups, their teammates count the number of successful shots.  After one minute, the coach blows the whistle again to signal the end of the drill.  

If some players are noticeably stronger in this drill, their time may be reduced to 45 seconds.  This drill provides players an opportunity to compete against their own personal bests as well as their teammates for the most successful shots in one minute. 

All Together Now 

Group basketball drills for second graders provide an excellent opportunity for the kids to practice their dribbling skills.  For this speed dribbling drill, have the players line up side-by-side at half court.  Each player begins with a ball in their hands.  

As the whistle is blown, players begin walking and dribbling towards the end of the court, counting their dribbles as they walk.  After they’ve reached the end of the court, have your players turn around and dribble back to half-court, reducing their number of dribbles by one.  As the number of dribbles decreases, the speed of the players increases.      

Another great dribbling drill is this variation on the classic “Red Light, Green Light” schoolyard game.  This drill begins the same as the previous one: each player holding a ball and standing side-by-side.  

When the coach or drill leader calls “green”, players dribble forward.  When “blue” is called, they stop and dribble with their left hand.  When “yellow” is called, they dribble with their right hand.  When “red” is called, the players must stop.  If a player is caught performing the wrong action, they are out of the game.  Play continues until only one player remains.