DRIBBLING & TRAPPING:
Part 1: DIRECTIONS. Begin with a warm up activity that allows the students practice using the three physical directions (Forward, Backward and Sideways) while moving around an open space. Encourage them to move to open spaces, watch out for others and to try different ways of traveling in each of the three directions. When you are reviewing the physical directions it is a good idea to verbally review the surfaces of the body and what body parts will lead them as they travel in each direction. For example the front of the body has the face, chest, stomach, knees and toes, as you travel forward those parts of the body would be arriving to your destination first!
Part 2: Teach the concept and steps of dribbling. Give the students guided discovery questions or commands that will lead them through the process of dribbling. If you are using a guided discovery approach, be sure to allow the students time to explore the possibility of answers physically, before asking them to answer the question. Ask only one question at a time, beginning with the easiest and progressing to the more difficult. Understanding that difficult for a kindergarten student will seem obvious to you. If you are going to use a command style approach, tell the student the point that you want them to focus on, (As you dribble your ball around the space, I want you to look at the ball, and also watch where you are going.) and allow them to practice that point before moving on to the next part of dribbling. You will cover up to three important points regarding dribbling and three regarding trapping. Be sure the majority of your students physically understand the point before moving on to the next one. It is also a good idea to verbally review the point after the practice period. (These are the basic points: 1.Look at the ball and look around you as you dribble the ball around the field. 2.Use short controlled taps to move the ball around with your feet, in order to keep the ball close to you. 3. Use all the different surfaces of the foot to change direction while you dribble the ball. 4.Use the bottom of your foot to stop or trap the ball. 5.Slow the ball with your feet before attempting to trap it. 6.When you are trapping the ball, put your weight on the foot that is on the ground, NOT ON THE BALL.)
Part 3: Play a game or set up a drill that uses dribbling and trapping only. There are a variety of games in the lesson that only include the skills of dribbling and trapping. Do not introduce any new concepts at this time.
This activity is a great way to show the connection between dribbling with feet and hands. It can be done with the playground balls if you don’t have soccer or basketballs.