This module introduces children to ball handling skills and movement concepts most often associated with the sport of basketball. Hand dribbling, passing, and receiving (catching) are the primary skills emphasized. However, a variety of other learning outcomes are also addressed within the module’s activities. Note: there are no outcomes for 2-handed passing associated with basketball. However, we have included the skill in this module.

Module Documents

Instructional Materials

Link to Basic Equipment Pack

Activity Plans


Teacher Evaluation

  • Teacher Self-Evaluation and Reflection Guide:

Planning Tools

National Standards and Outcomes Focus for Ball Handling & Dribbling Skills

Standard 1. Demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.

  • Outcome E16.K-2.
    • Drops a ball and catches it before it bounces twice (Ka);
    • Catches a large ball tossed by a skilled thrower (Kb);
    • Catches various sized balls self-tossed/tossed by a skilled thrower (1b);
    • Catches a self-tossed or well thrown large ball with hands, not trapping or cradling against the body (2).
  • Outcome E17.K-2.
    • Dribbles a ball with one hand, attempting the second contact (K);
    • Dribbles continuously in self-space using the dominant hand (1);
    • Dribbles in self-space with a preferred hand demonstrating a mature pattern (2a);
    • Dribbles using the dominant hand while walking in general space (2b).