Name/Title: Basketball Shipwrecked (Dribbling with Hands)

Purpose of Event: To practice dribbling in different directions, speeds, and levels while maintaining control and not double dribbling. In addition, students will practice ball handling skills and passing.

Prerequisites: Students should know how to hand dribble and do the following ball handlings skills: Around the World, Clams, 8 O'clock, Waterfall. Partner chest pass & bounce pass using two balls for 4-5. The regular game of Shipwrecked could be taught prior but it is not necessary. All directions to skills are on the pdf.

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5

Materials Needed: Basketball court and one basketball (or any ball to dribble) per student.

Description of Idea

Basketball Shipwrecked is a Call & Response game. The teacher gives a call and the class does the corresponding action. See PDF for all the calls for both the original and modified Basketball Shipwrecked.

Teacher should teach a few direction calls first such as starboard, port, overboard and shipwrecked. Once students have a grasp of these calls add in the ball handling calls students already know, Around the World, Clams, 8 O'clock, Waterfall. Then add more calls at teacher's discretion. Keep in mind the skill level of your students..


Give calls slowly.
Let student dribble with 2 hands.
Give the student a larger ball such as a small exercise ball.
Assign a shipmate to help the student.

Assessment Ideas:


Can the student change direction, speed and level and maintain control?
Can the student change direction, speed and level, maintain control and not double dribble?

Submitted by Sandy Hagenbach who teaches at Heritage Elementary in De Pere, WI. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 7/21/2021.
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