Free Basketball Games to Play
for Young Kids

Young players love these basketball games to play. Perfect for team workouts with your elementary age players, these free basketball games for kids make learning basic ball-handling skills fun!

The 3 games below focus on dribbling the ball under pressure while changing directions and speed. Players learn quickly to keep their heads up so they can navigate across the playing space. And they have to protect the ball under pressure while being chased and trying to avoid others!

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Free Basketball Games to Play #6
Fox in the Henhouse

Everyone has a ball and spreads out around the court, which is the "Henhouse."

Coach is the "Fox" and roams around outside of the boundaries of the court while the kids dribble around.

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When Coach yells, "Fox in the henhouse!" she runs onto the court and tries to knock players' balls out of bounds. Everyone who loses their ball joins the fox. If players are able to get their ball back before it goes out of bounds, they can pick it up and resume dribbling.

After a short period of time, stop play and have all of the foxes gather outside of the court. After players get a bit of a breather, resume play.

The winner is the last player with the ball, and he gets to be the new fox for the next game.

Free Basketball Games to Play #7
Car Lot

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This is one of the all-time favorite free games for kids! It works on dribbling under pressure, avoiding defenders, and it's great for basketball conditioning. Young players love it!

Designate one player to be the "car salesman" on the car lot who tries to knock the ball away from "cars" that dribble by. It works best at first if the coach or some other adult is the car salesman to help control the game.

The car salesman stands in the center of the area between 2 lines about 50 feet apart (sideline to sideline or from the baseline to half-court.)

Lightening McQueen

The salesman asks players to select 4 different types of cars (motorcycle, Ferrari, bus, SUV, etc.) Part of the fun is letting kids come up with car names.

Once you establish what 4 cars you are going to use for the game, each player secretly decides what kind of car he will be.

The car salesman calls out the name of a car. All players who chose to be that car attempt to dribble to the other line without getting their ball knocked out of bounds.

The salesman continues to call out car names until all players have gone. If the salesman calls, "Car Lot," all of the cars must go at the same time.


Once all of the cars have been called, the car salesman turns to face all of the cars at the other end and starts calling out names again. The dribblers try to cross the court back to where they started.

When a player loses his ball, he must stand at the spot where it was taken and place the ball on the floor between his feet. He can't move from that spot, but his job is to reach out and try to knock the ball away from other dribblers that go by.

The game is played until there is only 1 dribbler left.

Coaches can make this drill a huge success by chasing players hard enough to make them work, but allowing them to make it down and back a few times before knocking their ball away.

You might start out with 2-3 car lot salesman if using a bigger court or if it's too hard to catch anyone.

As the game progresses and the court starts filling up with stranded cars, the few dribblers that are still in the game have an incredible challenge of dribbling around lots of obstacles.

Kids really have a blast with this game.

Free Basketball Games to Play #8
Basketball Pirate

Jolly Roger

Designate 1 player to be the Pirate for every 4 players. Pirates start at one end of the court without balls. Everyone else gets a ball and scatters around the entire court.

On a signal, the Pirates chase the dribblers and try to steal their balls. If they are successful in stealing a ball or causing the dribbler to lose the ball out of bounds, the players exchange positions.

The dribbler who lost the ball becomes a Pirate, and the Pirate becomes a dribbler.

The object of the game is to last the entire game without becoming a Pirate.

With kindergarten basketball players, have the coaches or parents be the Pirates to control the level of success the dribblers have. Plus, little kids get excited having adults chase them around acting goofy.

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