Rebound Outlet and Lay Up

By Fabio Fogato

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Drill Purpose

This is a multi-purpose drill that will improve conditioning, rebounding, timing, outlet passes, dribbling, and finishing. This drill stresses grabbing the rebound and making the outlet pass. Players also have to dribble full court and execute a lay up in fast break situation.


  1. Form two lines at both elbows, facing the basket. All players in the lines get a ball. Two more players (without the ball) stand at both foul line extended.

  2. The first players in each line (1 and 4 in the diagram) throw the ball off the board, get the rebound and make an outlet pass to the players at foul line extended (1 and 5). Players 1 and 4 move to foul line extended.

  3. Players 2 and 5 catch the ball and dribble full court making a lay-up at the far basket. No more shooting attempts are allowed. They get their rebound and switches lines.

  4. Players 3 and 6 repeat the same pattern passing the ball to 1 and 4 etc..

  5. The drill continues for five minutes or until a given number of basket are made.


Teaching Tips:

- Players must jump and catch the ball as high as they can. Their arms are fully extended Timing and coordination are very important.

- Protect the ball by securing it under the chin with elbows spread.

- Pivot to the outside and make sharp outlet passes. The player in the outlet position should yell “outlet” (or “ball” or anything you like...) and show his hands as a target for the pass.


- Advanced players should be able to rotate their bodies from the jump and make the outlet pass before they touch the floor.

- Use the two-hand overhead pass to outlet the ball.

- Set some cones on the floor and add dribbling moves before the lay up.

- Shoot jump shots instead of lay ups.

- Box out variation: Players 3 and 6 throw the ball off the board. Players 1 and 4 (without the ball) execute a block out on 3 and 6. They get the rebound and make the outlet pass.

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


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pablo says:
12/10/2019 at 6:31:10 PM

easy matt.. add your own tweaks to the drill and it can be great. Can''t expect free drills to be perfect bud.


Matt says:
5/27/2019 at 1:03:47 PM

This drill is crap. No defensive pressure at all. Ball handler should be pushing ball up the middle not wide. Players running the court should be wide not running in the middle but filling the wing lanes. This is something from the 80's....


Phillip Austen says:
1/15/2015 at 10:28:35 PM

Agree with this. It is important to be aware of the potential for a defensive pressure when finishing. Drill as proposed increases awareness.


Chris says:
1/15/2015 at 4:55:40 PM

Can someone post a video about this drill. Does not have to be professional. I coach special olympics and video work better when they can see the action.


Jana says:
1/15/2015 at 1:38:52 PM

I am excited to use this drill with my 9th grade girls. We have been doing something similar and I think it helps a lot with coordination and the patience to get the ball to the outlet.


S Alorro says:
1/15/2015 at 11:02:38 AM

Matt ... I myself would not worry about them running into each other. I think the body contact is helpful in finishing under game-like pressure. I like the idea of swapping sides.


Thomas Mathis says:
1/15/2015 at 10:33:42 AM

Great drill will have to try... I think I will add another line or 2 in the middle and do a 4 man weave fast break make it game like.... you can also add a defense


Matt Phillips says:
1/15/2015 at 7:59:57 AM

This is a great drill. I''ve been using something similar for a couple of years now with my youth league teams. The one variation that I have is that the two lines start at separate ends so the dribblers aren''t finishing and running into each other. After a few run-throughs, I have them swap sides of the goal so they get the same effect of using both sides of the court.

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