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Grade Ladder – Basketball
Level Quality of skills Decision Making
9

(20)

Jump shooting both mid-range and beyond the 3 point line is excellent.  Can use all advanced skills to excellent effect to beat an opponent.  A dominant presence on defence and offence with excellent fitness levels. Successfully selects and uses appropriate skills on nearly all occasions. Demonstrates an excellent understanding of the activity.
8

(18-19)

Jump shooting both mid-range and from the 3 point line with good consistency. Can beat an opponent from the triple threat position or off the dribble with either hand. Can finish at the basket whilst drawing contact with good consistency. Excellent consistency with boxing out and rebounding. Successfully selects and uses appropriate skills on many  occasions. Demonstrates a very good understanding of the activity.
7

(16-17)

Can score in a game consistently, driving to the basket at speed and under control scoring with either hand. Can now shoot from range with some consistency. Will box out before rebounding  and rarely dribble the ball unless beating an opponent or during transition. Successfully selects and uses appropriate skills on many  occasions. Demonstrates a very good understanding of the activity.
6

(14-15)

Lay ups are more consistent with weaker hand. Can fake and drive from the triple threat position with some effectiveness. Can use a range of passes to assist team mates.  Can change direction effectively with the ball to beat the defender. Mid-range jump shot has good accuracy and consistency. Successfully selects and uses appropriate skills on some occasions. Demonstrates a good understanding of the activity.
5

(11-13)

Lay ups are demonstrated in a game to a good standard, may be inconsistent with weak hand. Player, always squares up to the basket on offence and  can use a jump shot with more consistency. Can play a role effectively in a zone or man to man defence. Will often intercept passes and attempt to rebound the ball. Successfully selects and uses appropriate skills on some occasions. Demonstrates a good understanding of the activity.
4

(8-10)

Lay ups are more consistent in a game situation. Can consistently use the triple threat position to attack the basket. Will pass forward before dribbling. When dribbling, can use either hand and lift the head to make a pass. Can move feet well to stay in front of the opponent on defence. Successfully selects and uses appropriate skills on some occasions. Demonstrates some understanding of the activity.
3

(6-7)

Can utilise the chest and bounce pass with good consistency and power in a game, lay ups are attempted with some success in a game. Shooting often lacks accuracy and is often from a stationary position. Attempts to play a role in a man to man or zone defence but will often foul the opponent. Successfully selects and uses appropriate skills on some occasions. Demonstrates some understanding of the activity.
2

(4-5)

Can use a chest pass with some consistency in a team game, can attempt a lay up in isolation but often off balance and travels frequently. Shooting lacks accuracy and consistency. Successfully selects and uses appropriate skills on some occasions. Demonstrates some understanding of the activity.
1

(1-3)

Can pass with limited power  and accuracy in a game situation, often intercepted. When in control of the ball will travel or dribble with little control with head down. Successfully selects and uses appropriate skills on few occasions. Demonstrates little understanding of the activity.
W3 Can pass in isolation with some consistency.  Within a competitive situation is rarely involved, often not catching the ball and travelling. Demonstrates limited physical fitness during performance. Rarely selects and uses appropriate skills successfully. Demonstrates limited understanding of the activity.
W2 Some participation in activities. Some basic development of core skills , passing and shooting in isolation Fitness levels have  negative impact on performance. Rarely selects and uses appropriate skills successfully. Demonstrates limited understanding of the activity.
W1 Very little participation in activities. Little evidence of skill development, attempts to throw and catch in isolation. Fitness levels have  negative impact on performance. Shows little or no understanding of the activity.

Advanced skills

  • Lay up with either hand
  • Hook shot
  • Rebounding
  • Dribbling with either hand
  • Fake & Drive
  • Cross over step
  • Intercepting passes

Core Skills

  • Triple threat position
  • Pivoting
  • Chest Pass
  • Bounce Pass
  • Javelin Pass
  • Set Shot
  • Jump Shot
  • 1-on-1 marking
  • Dominant hand:
  • Lay-up
  • Dribbling

Tactics

  • Finding Space
  • Use of appropriate passes
  • Fast Break
  • Zonal Defence
  • Full/Half court press
  • Man-to-man marking
  • Awareness of rules