Instruct players to take several warm-up laps around the court. Organize them into even lines and lead a team stretch. Demonstrate upper-body, lower-body and core stretches (see Resources).
Perform individual drills for each position. Guards should work on ball-handling, passing and jump-shooting. Post players should work on rebounding and scoring in the paint. Experiment with players at multiple positions to see where they fit best.
Hold an intrasquad scrimmage. Organize players into evenly matched teams and have them play an exhibition against one another. For added competition, provide incentives to the winning team, like less conditioning after practice.
Condition. Have players run sprints back and forth across the court. Designate reasonable times in which players must complete the conditioning (guards should be able to complete the sprints in less time). Times should improve as the season progresses.
Gather with players at the end of practice. Address what the team did well during practice and what needs improvement. Remind players when and where the next game is, as most elementary school teams practice just once a week. Offer to stay after practice to work with players looking for extra help.