2-Man Layup Drill: Combines Conditioning with Layups

- By Kevin Germany

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.

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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Joe Haefner says:
3/23/2014 at 11:44:56 AM

We appreciate the insight and tips, Mike and Junior!


Joe Haefner says:
3/23/2014 at 11:43:57 AM

Ron, since this is Kevin's drill, I am not absolutely sure. I'm pretty sure that running multiple groups at one time will work.

Let us know how it works!


coach joseph says:
3/19/2014 at 8:52:17 PM

i think it will help, we will try it out on our next practices, thank u


Junior says:
3/18/2014 at 4:37:19 PM

I agree about missed layups, I do not let them practice layups without making it "game-like". I have a simpler method than can use half-court or two "sets" for full-court:
I line up two player lines instead of your usual one at the half-court line, the outside line with the balls, the inside line without. The player line with the ball be given the first initial step/bounce before the other player line commences to "chase" down to the post for defense or the block. (Duplicate if on other half-court). First, it will completely changes their layup speed to "game-speed" and increases their needed effort to finish which really makes them work harder/efficiently on layup finishing and consistency. I think it also adds a "paranoia" aspect, having someone "hot on your tail" which can with repetition can help a player get acclimated to "real-game pressure and/or fears". Of course, this would not apply to the early youth still working fundamentals.


Mike Sanchez says:
3/18/2014 at 4:21:29 PM

A similar drill is to have the team line up along one side line. The only player on the court is 3. 3 passes to the last person in line, and then begins to sprint down the ball side of the court, the pass is returned to 3, who then passes to the first person in line (kind of like a pass/pass-back drill). The first person in line passes back to 3 and then trails 3 to the basket as 3 shoots a layup. The trailer rebounds and throws a lead pass to 3 who, after making the layup, is sprinting down toward the other end of the court. Again the trailer gets the rebound and begins the process all over again.


Ron Valente says:
3/18/2014 at 3:28:21 PM

Drill sounds good: question what would you have the rest of the team doing while they wait for their turn?
My thought could you run two at a time after the first players reach half court start the next group, thoughts?


Coach Kip says:
3/12/2014 at 7:16:16 PM

Love the drill!!! I'll try it at my next practice.


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