Basketball Drill: McHale Lay Ups
Drill Purpose

Improves rebounding, change of direction, lay ups, and explosive jumping.

Video Demonstration

Click here to watch a video demonstration of this drill. A video will pop up on the screen when you click on the link. There is a 3 or 4 second hesitation before the video starts.

Written Instructions

  1. 2 balls are needed for this drill.

  2. Place a chair on the right elbow with a ball on the seat.

  3. Player has a second ball and starts on the right side of the backboard.

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  1. Player jumps continuously and bangs the ball on the backboard 3 times. On the 4th jump, player puts the ball in the basket (after scoring, that ball goes out of play. If a coach or a 2nd player is available, he should pick up the ball. If not, let the ball roll out of play).

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  1. Player then immediately cuts up the lane, inside the chair.

  2. Player cuts around the chair, scoops the 2nd ball off the chair.

    Note: In the video, the player cuts to the chair, instead of around the chair..
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  1. Player drives for a 1 dribble layup.

  2. Repeat the drill as many times as you feel necessary. I usually go 5 times.

  3. Take drill to the left side.

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  • Increase number of backboard bangs
  • Mandate a specific type of shot for the score (hook, dropstep,etc)
  • Take a jump shot with the second ball instead of a layup.
  • Back-peddle from the backboard to the chair.
  • Cut outside the chair to the inside for shot.
Points of Emphasis

  • Get as high on the backboard as you can.
  • Bang the ball on the board as hard as you can.
  • Explode off the chair. The drive to the basket should be hard, as if the player has to go through the defense to score.
  • Use as little rest as possible between repetitions. Drill is a great conditioner.

Solutions and Resources

For Coaches - How To Teach The Attack and Counter System

For Training - 300+ Drills | 80+ Workouts - Attack and Counter Workout App

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amanj says:
10/4/2007 at 2:48:29 AM

its good


Kurt Dingman says:
10/5/2007 at 5:52:37 AM

THis looks like a great drill. THank you for all the information that you send.


Ferri J says:
10/5/2007 at 10:39:30 PM

I would like try this drills in my team.thank you


Daniels LILPAK says:
10/6/2007 at 1:32:08 PM

this is great, watch out for we Nigerian guys after mastering this guys are doing a great job keep it up


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10/14/2007 at 3:00:00 PM

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wilson says:
10/22/2007 at 1:59:07 AM

The skill is great if you watch the Nigerian and Angolan teams. They re great on this system. Hope to teach it to my team. Compliments to you joe. My team lifted the national championship for the first time in the history of the game! thanks to yo skills. keep on posting those articles. you have no idea the extent of good that your work has done t revolutionize African basketball. An what you would consider an rural African coach but the skills startled the 'town' guys.


Marlon says:
11/24/2007 at 9:31:08 AM

I've got 2 big guys (middle school) and this drill will be perfect for them


new coach says:
7/22/2008 at 11:37:14 AM

can the players do this drill if they are able to hit the backboard yet


Joe Haefner says:
7/22/2008 at 1:05:25 PM

If they can not hit the backboard, just have them do the same motion while jumping. They should try to get high on each jump.


Jim in Maine says:
7/22/2008 at 1:05:30 PM

Hi from the great state of Maine.
New Coach I would suggest you run the drill as described but have your kids pound the ball on the wall behind the hoop as high as they are able. They can still shoot the layup with the 2nd ball. I have found that kids can really improve their jumping ability over time using this drill. Thanks, Jim in Maine


kemar davis says:
7/23/2008 at 5:48:07 AM

i love the videos,they are really helping me out on the court.......thanks


hassan says:
7/23/2008 at 8:10:42 AM

i appreciate what u guys have done,cos right now doing good in my basketball. thanks


Derrick says:
7/23/2008 at 9:33:03 AM

thanx for the tips


new coach says:
7/23/2008 at 8:32:36 PM

thanks for your help, i will use this exercise during the upcoming season


David says:
8/5/2008 at 4:01:23 AM

Looks cool,havnt tried yet but am goin to try.


thankyousr says:
1/13/2009 at 12:20:45 AM

i couldn't understaand


Johnson says:
1/13/2009 at 4:28:26 AM

I try the drill but i cant slam the ball like shown in the video... but i can manage to bang the board though... any advices??


Joe Haefner says:
1/13/2009 at 1:36:13 PM

Hi Johnson,

Banging the ball agains the board is sufficient.


Coach C says:
3/6/2009 at 4:14:59 PM



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3/21/2009 at 9:38:00 PM

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JPV says:
5/25/2009 at 11:09:19 PM

great drill for big men


eb says:
11/13/2009 at 8:49:19 AM

for thoughs that cant hit the backboard, have 4 - 5 subs line up opposite with bb. have coach with pad, post #1 in and post #2 to stand for box out. Have subs with ball shoot off backboard/rim for post #1 to backside rebound. Post #1 boxes out Post #2, gets rebound powers up thru coach, repeat. once post #1 gets thru everyone they sprint out retrieve ball at elbow and drive finish through coach and post#2. #2 rotates in, #1 out, new player to box out position.


Carlmay says:
11/30/2009 at 10:38:36 PM

I'll try this drill to my team.


Coach Boyd says:
1/2/2010 at 11:54:30 PM

THis is a great drill!!!!!!


Dewi McNamara says:
10/19/2010 at 5:25:36 PM

it's a bit confusing :O


Drew says:
10/27/2010 at 11:18:29 AM

That's an awesome Drill!! Is there any other weight lifting that we could do to help us post players jump higher? If so how hard do we push ourselfs?


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Coach Ramirez says:
9/2/2012 at 1:45:56 PM

where is the video?


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10/12/2012 at 6:44:15 PM

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ozan says:
7/28/2015 at 8:50:08 AM

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