Defensive Basketball Drill – Competitive Knee Taps

Knee Taps is a basketball game for kids which is a fun competitive defensive basketball drill helping teach stance and balance.

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Knee Taps Fun Defensive Basketball Drill

Basketball Skill Acquisition

  • Defensive Stance
  • Balance
  • Low Hands (Steals)
  • Defensive Slide/Shuffle
  • Footwork
  • Confidence
  • Taking Contact
  • Making Contact

Basketball Drill Purpose

This fun defensive game can be used as a warm up. Players learn to move in a defensive stance with some simple rules applied for safety and good balance. Focus on keeping the head up to keep the back straight, like players are sitting in a chair.

Basketball Equipment Needed

Players need to be in pairs (recommended) However a group of 3 if an odd number is also possible. A space of about 10 square feet per pair.

How To Play

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Play to a certain number of knee taps. Play for a specific period of time, with the highest score after ‘x’ amount of seconds being the winner. Could also be played as an ins and outs game, or knockout game with older kids.

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