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Basketball Curriculum for Denton Detention Center

KINS 5913 – Professional Paper, presented to

Dr. Ron French

Dr. Ron Davis

Dr. Lisa Silliman-French

Department of Kinesiology, Texas Woman’s University, Denton

By Ranu Singhvi, BPT (India)





An excellent physical education program is required to enhance personal, as well as, social improvement of youth. Youth who are residents at the Denton Detention Center are in need of a program that will not only increase their sport performance but improve their social interaction skills. Therefore this manual will be used to improve strength, flexibility, endurance and agility of the youth at Denton Detention Center, as well as improving basketball skills and sport social interaction. The manual is organized in four parts: (a) Part I contains assessments for basic basketball skills; (b) Part II contains general teaching points for basic basketball skills along with brief explanation of the skills; (c) Part III contains activities and drills that promote basketball skills; and (d) Part IV contains a 30-day activity program which includes warm-up activities, general activities, Texas Woman’s University (TWU) sport activities, and cool down activities. Clip art is used throughout in this manual to give an idea of basketball drills and activities. In addition, an organization chart is provided on page 62. This chart provides types of skills for e.g., dribbling, passing, shooting, etc. and their corresponding page numbers. The skill pages relate to their drill pages, respectively.

Basketball is possibly one of the most popular and extensively played sports in the world by all classes and manner of people. It is usually played by two teams of five players on a specially designed court. Players focus on to scoring points by shooting a ball through a 10 foot high hoop basket. Basketball is a game of quickness and speed used at a proper time with an organized set of rules. The instructor aims to conserve time, space and energy to reduce unnecessary motions so that players make a purposeful move for the goal. Points are scored via shooting the ball through the basket and at the ends of each side of the court; the team with the most points is winner. The basketball can only be moved down the court by dribbling, which is a special form of bouncing while moving, or passing the ball back and forth between teammates. (Wikipedia, 2008)

 One of the most difficult parts of the game is to learn do not carry out actions which are considered a foul such as physical contact. In basketball there are two types of movements, one is without the basketball which primarily deals with offensive and defensive strategies, and another is with the basketball which is offensive skills like, dribbling, passing, catching, shooting, and rebounding. The main focus of this manual, besides physical fitness development, is to work on individual defensive skills and offensive moves without the basketball while emphasizing on ball related offensive skills so that it insures balance and complete development of the players.

The manual is easy to follow since the information in the manual covers a physical fitness program designed to develop the major areas of physical fitness, as well as, improve basketball skill. The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are used as the learning standards which ensure that all players are prepared to meet the challenges ahead of them. Specifically the program meets all the TEKS which will assist teachers in assessment, planning, and implementation of an age appropriate physical education program related to physical fitness and basketball (

I would like to acknowledge all the authors of the numerous resources that were used to develop this manual, who are referenced in the Resource section of this manual. Also, I would like to acknowledge the contribution of website ‘’ for giving me an idea about lesson plans and daily progression of lessons accordingly. A special thanks to following authors; J.G. Bliss (1929), R. Haun (1985), J.V. Krause (1991), J. Pruitt (1980), G. Rizak (1984), and, G. Wilkes (1982), who has been the great resource of various basketball drills and games. Further thanks are extended to Ms. Mandy Goff who developed the one month daily lessons in which basketball components were infused. 




Part I – Assessing Basketball Skills

Assessment I – Basketball Skills -Task Analysis

      Skill I – Dribble

      Skill II – Foul Shot

      Skill III –  Game Play

Assessment II – Basketball Assessment Sheets

      Sheet I. Right and Left Handed Lay-Up

      Sheet II. Right and Left Handed Shot

      Sheet III. Right and Left Handed Dribble

Assessment III – Cognitive Assessment

Part II – Basic Basketball Skills






  Offense – Defense

Part III – Activities to Promote Basic Skills in Basketball






  Offense – Defense

Assessment Areas and Accompanying Location of Skill Development and Activities to Develop the Skills Chart


Part IV – 30-Day Curriculum

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