Game: Dog, Cat, Chicken

Dog, cat, chicken…oh my! The name of the game may sound like a riddle, but there is nothing puzzling about how this game is played. It is a good twist on the traditional “Octopus” game with the goal in helping the youth learn fundamental movement skills and to focus on agility, speed while increasing their heart rate before they jump into basketball activities.

Have all of the players line up beside one another along the end line of the gym. Place one player in the middle of the gym as the “Wolf”. Ask every other player to decide in their own mind and without telling anyone else, if they are a dog, a cat, or a chicken. Whatever animal they pick, they must stay that animal for the duration of the game, unless they get tagged by the Wolf.

  • Once everyone has decided, call out 1 of the 3 animals (Cat, Dog or Chicken)
  • Anyone who has picked that animal must now try to get to the other side of the gym without getting tagged by the Wolf
  •  Any player who is tagged becomes a Wolf. All wolves must return to the centre circle before the coach calls out the next animal
  • Play this game in quick succession and allow the last animal(s) standing to be the first wolf/wolves for the next round
  • Give everyone a basketball to use and allow players to work on their ball handling ability
SKILL FOCUS Movement, Balance, Coordination, Agility
AGE (STAGE) 6-9 (FUNdamentals)
EQUIPMENT SNYB Reversible Jersey and Basketballs
  • Encourage players to work on change of speed and change of direction movements
  • Make sure when players tag, they do so safely

2 thoughts on “Game: Dog, Cat, Chicken

  1. At first, I thought this article was indeed a riddle and not a basketball game until I read the whole thing. I coach a youth basketball team and we will be playing this game during our next training session. Thanks for sharing.

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