From my perspective, there are way too many missed layups in today′s game. Some players make the crucial mistake of not going up strong when they go up for a layup. It is very important to teach your players the importance of making layups on the run.
It is difficult to find time for layups in a two-hour practice session. Meanwhile, conditioning takes up a lot of time without accomplishing any basketball-related skills.
This drill incorporates the conditioning of a sprint with the importance of finishing around the basket. You can make this into a competition to further motivate your players.
1 and 3 start out with the ball. 2 and 4 are at the free-throw line extended.
A coach is stationed near each basket to contest all layups. Make sure all players are going up strong when they go up for the layup.
Note: Both sides are going at the same time to involve more players in the drill.
To start the drill, 1 passes it to 2 while 3 passes it to 4.
1 and 3 will sprint to the right corner. 2 and 4 will dribble the ball all the way to the basket for a layup.
As soon as the layups are made, 2 will pass it to 1 while 4 passes it to 3.
1 and 3 will go all the way to the basket for a layup. 2 and 4 will sprint to the left corner.
The drill continues until all the players have each made 3 layups.
Always have the players switch sides so they can have equal practice finishing with both hands.
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