Why You Should Stop Doing The 2-Line Lay Up Drill In Warm Ups
One thing that I see in almost every pregame warm up is the traditional two line lay up drill.
Even though I'm guilty of doing this at the beginning of my coaching career, I think it's a mistake to do this. I think it's a waste of time and you could be doing something else that makes your players better.
Rarely does anybody shoot a lay up in a straight line, from the same spot, at the same angle, with the same amount of dribbles, and with no defense present.
But over the course of the season, we're wasting hundreds of repetitions doing this in warm ups.
At the very least, change the angle and the distance on every repetition. Similar to this drill:
I think you should also run some 1v1 finishing drills. Here is an example of one:
Kyrie Irving does something similar in his warm ups.
Here is an excerpt from a recent ESPN article on Kyrie Irving which is a good read.
Some will say that they just do the traditional lay up drill to warm up. If that's true, I believe you are wasting valuable court time.
You should have your warm up finished before you even get on the court. You can warm up in the hallway, locker room, or some other small space.
If you'd like to learn more common mistakes about pregame warm ups and solutions to help you overwhelm your opponent at the start of the game, check out this article:
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