Basketball Drill: McHale Lay Ups
Improves rebounding, change of direction, lay ups, and explosive jumping.
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.
- 2 balls are needed for this drill.
- Place a chair on the right elbow with a ball on the seat.
- Player has a second ball and starts on the right side of the backboard.
- 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).
- Player then immediately cuts up the lane, inside the chair.
- 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..
- Player drives for a 1 dribble layup.
- Repeat the drill as many times as you feel necessary. I usually go 5 times.
- 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.
- 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.
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