Such a classic. And with good reason too.
Simple, adaptable, and fun – Simon Says is one of the most successful group games ever. Not only that, Simon Says is ideal for developing dribbling and footwork, and all anyone needs to play is a basketball.
The best part of Simon Says is how easy it is to adapt the game. One day you could play Simon Says with 5-year-olds to introduce the basics of dribbling, and the next day you could be using the same game with elite high school players to develop reaction time and decision making with the ball in their hands.
The best advice with Simon Says is to make the game yours. Adapt it to your audience, use it to achieve specific goals, and get creative with your calls.
|DESCRIPTION||Have all players grab a ball and space out at one end of the court, facing the coach. Call out an instruction, using the precursor “Simon Says”. Players follow along until a new instruction is given. If players follow an instruction without the coach calling “Simon Says” they are eliminated, or perform some exercise to reenter the game. Continue calling instructions, increasing the speed and challenge for players.|
|SKILL FOCUS||Ball Handling, Footwork|
|AGE (STAGE)||Ages 6+ (FUNdamentals & Learn-to-Train)|
|EQUIPMENT||1 basketball (per athlete)|
|Get wild and wacky with your instructions! The more you have fun with it, the more the players will enjoy the game. Try to think like a kid – or even better, have players take the role of the leader and come up with their own crazy “Simon Says” instructions.|
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