email this idea to a friend Export to pdf Export to doc

Name of Activity:

Pivot Practice in Basketball Dribbling

Purpose of Activity:

To practice principles of protecting a basketball while dribbling using pivoting.


Students should at least have some basic dribbling skills in place.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

balls to dribble (1 for every pair of students), poly spots

Description of Idea

During a basketball dribbling lesson, do you tire of watching your dribbling students running aimlessly away from defenders? Here is an activity that can help you teach them some basic principles of effective ball protection by using poly spots to help students place their pivot foot.


Select a student to try to steal the ball away from you while you are dribbling it. Correctly model how to properly protect the ball by turning your back to the defender, but rather than paying attention to him/her, look at the ball while you dribble instead. It will only be a matter of time before your opponent steals the ball from you, right? Ask the class if they notice that you are doing something wrong. Now dribble once again; only this time keep your eyes on the defender, and keep a pivot foot in place while you continually turn your body to keep your back between the ball and your opponent. It should now be much more challenging for the defender. Introduce the poly spot by placing it on the floor. Tell the class that the idea is to keep your pivot foot on the poly spot at all times. Once you lose control of the ball or step off of the poly spot, you must trade tasks with your partner and become the new defender. Pair up your students and begin!


Signal the class when it is time to change partners. On the signal, everyone must select a new partner they have not practiced with. This may prevent the most skillful dribblers from dominating the activity.

Assessment Ideas:

Informal Assessment: Observe the dribblers to see if they are practicing the principles you taught about protecting the ball while dribbling.

Submitted by Robert Weekes who teaches at Harvest Preparatory Academy in Yuma, AZ. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 11/12/2015.
Viewed 39085 times since 8/17/2015.

| More

Pivot Practice in Basketball Dribbling

Post a Comment:

Let others know how this idea went when you implemented/tried it with your kids. Include any variations, suggested teaching tips, positive comments, etc. so others can benefit from your tips. Please be helpful and positive with all comments. Look below to see all posted comments.



Previous Comments:

There are currently no comments to display. Be the first to add a comment!

Search for lesson ideas