Taking the ball away from someone running with the ball when you are the defender
Everyone starts out with a ball except for one person who is “it. Give the group
a destination some distance away that they must dribble to and back from. Those with
a ball must dribble as fast as they can while the “it person tries to take anyone’s
ball away. Once a person has her ball taken away then she becomes “it and tries
to take someone else’s ball away. (She cannot take the ball away from the person
who took it away from her.) The play continues this way until everyone returns to
the start line.
Dribble to several different locations and designate a different person to be “it
once you reach each destination.
For larger groups start out with two or three people who don’t have a ball.
Set up a large square and put a pile of balls in the middle. There should be one
less ball than there are players. On the “go signal everyone runs to get a ball.
The one person who does not get a ball must steal one or chase someone out of the
square to get that individual’s ball. At the end of a time limit, the person who
does not have a ball must do something funny, such as perform a dance or sing a song
for the group (or whatever consequence you decide upon).
As a coach you might allow the last person to take away your ball; that way you are
the only one at game’s end without a ball.
Capture the Ball
Dribbling with speed
Dribbling against a defender
Using disc cones, set up a line across the field and divide the team into two even
groups with one team on one side of the line and one on the other. On each side,
make a box out of cones that is at least five yards behind the center line. Place
three balls inside each box. Players try to go across the line and get the balls
back to their own side without getting the ball taken away from them before they
cross the line. Once a player runs across the line she can get tagged before getting
to the box and sent back to her own side; if she makes it to the box she is safe
till she leaves the box. Defenders may not enter into the box on their own side.
When a player is dribbling out of the box the defenders may take the ball away and
then the ball goes back into the box and the player must return to her side before
trying again. Any ball that is successfully dribbled across the line is added to
the box on that team’s side. The first team to get all six balls is declared the
This can be one of those never ending games since the balls can go back and forth.
I like to call the game to an end and declare it a tie when both teams have three