Hoops and Nets | Ophea Teaching Tools

    Hoops and Nets

    Physical Activity Level
    • Moderate

    • Gymnasium

    • Outdoors

      • 4 basketball hoops

      • 4-8 small balls

      • 7-9 pylons

      • 10-20 basketballs

      • 10-20 hockey sticks

      • Appendix B

      • Audio equipment and music

      • Station Cards (see GETTING ACTIVE)

    Safety Considerations

    Ensure that students are aware of a safe movement pattern between the stations. Remind students to be aware of the personal space of others as they move, and to always wait until the space between them and a target is clear, before taking a shot.


    Students will actively and safely explore territory games through a series of stations.

    Warm Up

    Whistle Fitness

    Students respond to whistle blasts as follows, reacting as quickly as possible while continuously moving.

    • 1 blast of whistle = power walk sideways
    • 2 blasts = power walk 3 steps forward, and 1 step back
    • 3 blasts = jog on the spot
    Getting Active

    Hoops and Nets

    • Set up a circuit of 9 stations using stations cards created by the teacher, around the activity area.
    • Divide students into groups of 2–4.
    • Each group selects a starting station and will spend 45–90 seconds working at each station.


    • If you do not have enough equipment for 9 stations or if you have a smaller number of students, this activity can be modified for as many stations as there is available equipment.
    • Demonstrate the activity at each station (or have a student do so) before the group begins the circuit, highlighting safety considerations and movement clarification.

    Station 1 - Basketball: Lay-ups
    Student A shoots a lay-up, gets the rebound, and returns to repeat. Student B follows as soon as Student A has shot the ball; continue the process so all group members get to shoot. If you do not have enough basketballs for each student, Student A throws their ball to the next student waiting in line, after getting the rebound. If everyone has a basketball, students continue dribbling the ball while waiting in line, focusing on ball control.

    Station 2 - Hockey: Figure-8 Stickhandling
    Students control the ball with the hockey stick while stickhandling in a figure 8 formation around 4 or 5 pylons lined up in a row.

    Station 3 - Basketball: Tap-Away
    Working in the groups, each student dribbles a basketball within a designated area. While dribbling, students attempt to tap the balls away from other students in the group while maintaining control of their own ball.

    Station 4 - Lacrosse: Passing
    Students move feet quickly from side to side, take 2 quick running steps, raise arms and pretend to throw ball as hard as possible, then run 2 steps backward, raise arms, and pretend to catch ball with stick.

    Station 5 - Basketball: Target Pass
    Students stand 2–3 metres from wall and practice continuous passes against the wall, aiming at a target (a taped square). Passes should be varied (e.g., chest pass, bounce pass).

    Station 6 - Hockey: Aiming the Shot
    Students stand at taped line on the floor (at 5 and 10 feet intervals), line up their shot with a spot on the wall (a taped square), and aim and shoot the ball using the hockey stick.

    Station 7 - Basketball: Right/Left Hand Dribble
    Students dribble the ball (i.e., zigzag) from pylon to pylon (4-6 pylons set up in a row), with the right hand and return with the left hand. Encourage them to keep heads up as they dribble between the pylons.

    Station 8 - Hockey/Basketball: Fancy footwork
    Students form a line. The leader does crossovers for five steps to the right, then five steps to the left, starting slowly and then increasing speed each time.

    Station 9 - Hockey: Passing Pairs
    Pairs start at one end of the area, and pass ball back and forth using their hockey sticks as they move down the court as quickly as possible until one person puts the ball in the net (two pylons).

    Cool Down

    Pass It On

    • In groups of 4-6, students form a circle and walk on the spot.
    • Give each group a small ball. When music starts, students continue to walk on the spot as they pass the ball around the circle.
    • When music stops, student holding the ball leads group in a cool-down stretch (see ideas in Appendix B).
    • Encourage students to stretch large muscle groups and to focus on slow movements.
    Other Considerations
    • If your school does not have a gym, this activity can be done outdoors.
    • Encourage students to keep moving at all stations to maintain a moderate to vigorous level of activity.
    • Be aware that there will be a significant range of skills in shooting, passing, and dribbling.
    • Encourage students to monitor their own personal bests.
    • Integrate numeracy by having students record and calculate their shooting percentage during the stations.
    • For higher intensity: students can increase their pace while running, shooting, and passing at each station.
    • Remind students to replace all equipment in its starting position before moving to the next station.