We always love modified games. Modified games help to shape or adjust play to incorporate and develop a specific skill. All the while maintaining the fun of a game, instead of feeling like a drill designed just to get in lots of reps.
Ball Tag is a textbook example of a successful modified game.
We used to play this all the time in the basketball camp I attended when I was younger. The best part of Ball Tag is that it is scalable – you can play this with a group as small as 10 or a group as large as 50 (provided you have the gym space of course).
It is also really easy to play across age groups and skill levels. By eliminating the dribble, you help to even the playing field and force teammates to work together, regardless of age or experience. This makes it a great warm-up game before splitting a large group up for breakout skill development.
Check out the quick video on Ball Tag below, and experiment with our suggested variations!