Basketball Drill: McHale Lay Ups

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Drill Purpose

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

Video Demonstration

Written Instructions

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  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.


  • 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

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jeff says:
10/19/2016 at 2:53:30 PM


Thanks so much for your generosity in sharing this info. I really appreciate it and am using it right now for tomorrow's practice. My OCD is curious though in wanting to know if any of this is copyrighted material and I would need to ask permission from someone else to use it. Thanks again

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10/24/2016 at 7:49:07 AM

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

how to lay up buy left foot cause i cant left lay up


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

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

where is the video?


3/7/2011 at 3:51:20 PM

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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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