PreK and K practice games

Practice game ideas for the PreK and K divisions.

1. Greeting Game – All the players run around randomly inside a rectangle. The coach calls out
various types of greetings, which each players then has to carry out with others: shake hands,
high fives (one hand), high fives (other hand), shoulder to shoulder, back to back, etc.

2. Red Light Green Light – All the players start on a designated line with the coach about 15 yards
away. With his back to the players the coach yells green light and the players try to dribble to
the coach. When the coach yells red light he waits a moment and then turns his back to face the
players. Anyone who is not stopped moving has to go back to where the person farthest away
from the coach is.

3. Goal Chase – The coach sets up several small goals or gates (two cones a yard apart) inside a
larger area. There should be at least one or two more gates than there are players. Have the
players start running around; on the coaches signal the players try to run through as many gates
as possible, keeping track of how many. Play for 30 seconds at a time.

4. Ouch – Each player has a ball. The coach jogs around in a rectangle and the players try to kick
their ball so that it hits the coach. The players get a point each time they hit the coach. The
coach should yell “ouch” each time they are hit to make the game more exciting. Progressions:
The coach can stop for three seconds or vary how fast they are moving depending on the level of
the players. Specify how the players must strike the ball (laces, one foot, other foot)

5. Simon Says

6. Frog Attack – The game takes place in a rectangle; all the players start off on one side of the
rectangle and try to get to the other side. Two players who are frogs must hop and try to tag the
other players as they try to get to the other line. When a player is tagged they become a frog as
well. Play until only two children are left. Those children become the frogs for the next game.

7. Tigers in the Jungle – Each child chooses to be a type of animal that lives in the jungle and
makes the sound of that animal. Only tigers are not allowed. The tiger is going to kick the other
animals’ balls into the surrounding alligator infested swamp. When an animal gets their ball
kicked away they have to doge the alligators, go get their ball, and stand holding the ball over
their head making their animal noise. Another animal can unfreeze them by dribbling the ball
through the frozen animals legs.

8. Tunnel Soccer – Each player has a ball. The coach has no ball but moves about the field with
the players. From time to time the coach stops and spreads his legs to form a tunnel. The
players dribble after him and try to shoot through the tunnel whenever he stops. After three shots
or so the coach moves on again. Who can score the most points in one minute?

9. Cross the Ohio River – The players go boating (run) from one shore (a line) to another shore. In
the river between there are piranhas (start off with two) that try to tag the boaters. If tagged, the
boaters either become a piranha as well or the two can switch places.

10. Disney Game – Two teams of equal numbers stand at either end of a 25 x 18 yard field of play.
Give each player a Disney character name (make sure there’s a matching character at the other
end). Coach sends in a ball and calls out a Disney character and that character from each end
goes onto the field and plays 1v1. Progressions: Try calling out different characters (Goofy from
one side and Mickey from the other side).

11. Around the World – Set out four or five cones on the perimeter of a large area. Ask the children
for names of towns. Assign each cone a town name. As players dribble in the area the coach
calls out a town name and the players must dribble around the town cone and then return to the
dribbling area.

12. I Can, Can You? – “I can do something without the ball, can you?” At this point the coach does
some sort of physical movement without the ball (skip, walk and clap hands through legs, etc).
After the coach does several examples he should ask the players if they have any suggestions
and allow them to demonstrate. Progressions: Introduce the ball and have them move it with
their hands, then have them play with the ball on the ground.

13. Relay Race

14. Fruit Salad – The coach makes a circle with cones; each player needs to stand by a cone (their
should not be any extra cones, just one for each player). The coach assigns a fruit name to each
player (apple, orange, banana). The coach calls out a fruit name and any player who has that
fruit name must run to a different cone. When the coach yells fruit salad every player must run to
a different cone.

15. Bingo – A number of tall cones are distributed throughout the field. Two coaches are replacers.
Each player has a ball. The players dribble around and try to knock down as many cones as they
can, yelling “bingo” as they do so. The coaches stand the cones back up immediately. Who can
get the most bingos?

16. Bumper Cars – All players dribble a ball around in an area. Each player tries to kick his or her
ball and have it hit another player’s ball. If they hit someone else’s ball they get a point.

17. Ball Retrieval – The coach tosses the ball for each player to bring back with his or her hands,
elbow, forehead, etc. Have all the players gather closely around you, but not in a line. Each one
hands you their ball, which you toss randomly into an open area where they have to go retrieve it
and bring it back to you in the manner that you specify as quickly as possible.

18. Musical Balls – Everyone has a ball and is dribbling. The coach should sing or play music.
When the music stops everyone stops dribbling and goes to find another ball. After a while, the
coach can take a ball away each time. Whoever does not get to a ball must go report to the
coach. The player should have to do some sort of task (Tick tock, tap dance, something with the
ball) before they can get back in.

19. Dribbling Maze – The coach sets up several small goals or gates (two cones a yard apart) inside
a larger area. There should be at least one or two more gates than there are players. Have the
players start running around; on the coaches signal the players try to run through as many gates
as possible, keeping track of how many. Play for 30 seconds at a time.

20. Torpedo – Have the players form two teams and face each other. Everyone on one of the teams
needs a ball. Two coaches should pass the ball between the two teams. The players with the
balls try to pass their ball (torpedo) to hit the ball the coaches are passing. If the player misses
the person standing across from them collects the ball and tries to hit the coaches ball on the next

21. Moving Targets – Everyone has a ball and is dribbling in an area. Two coaches hold a practice
vest between them, forming a goal. The players must try to kick their ball through the goal.
However, the coaches should move around into open space so that the players have to dribble
around and kick their ball through a moving target.

You can download this list here > PreK and K games.

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