Dribbling Game For Basketball Kids – ‘Freeze and Thaw’

This basketball drill for kids is called “Freeze and Thaw”. A fun competitive basketball dribbling game for kids.

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Freeze and Thaw Basketball Dribbling Game

Basketball Skill Acquisition

  • Dribbling, Ball Handling
  • Ball Control
  • Eyes Up
  • Dexterity
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Change of Pace
  • Change of Direction
  • Using Screens

Basketball Drill Purpose

This fun dribbling game can be used to develop both ball handling skills or be used as a fun warm up drill for middle school kids. It also allows basketball players to learn to keep their eyes up, control the ball and use both hands. As well as teaching dribbling, players without the ball learn body movement fundamentals, like starting and stopping, change of pace and change of direction running as well as spatial awareness. A great dribbling game for building confidence.

Basketball Equipment Needed

Minimum 2 different coloured balls. You will also need a playing area approximately 15 feet x feet or within the 3 point line or half court depending on numbers.

How To Play

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You may restrict the dribbling hand to the weak hand to improve dexterity. You can change the penalty required for more advanced players. The more players, add more Freeze and Thaw balls and increase the playing area. Less players reduce the balls and reduce the playing area.

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