Speed Dribble and Lay-Up Relay Race
This is a fun and competitive drill that helps players to improve their speed dribble and lay up under pressure in fast break situations.
Divide your players in two balanced teams. Each team lines up on a corner of the same baseline as shown in the diagram.
The first player of each line gets a ball. On the coach's signal the drill starts.
Each player has to dribble fast towards the basket at the other end of the court for a lay up (keep shooting until he/she makes it).
When the lay up (or the subsequent shot) is made, get the rebound and dribble back to the other basket for another lay up (again: keep shooting if miss).
Pass the ball to the next teammate, who begins the same routine.
The team that finishes first is the winner.
Put emphasis on competition! Encourage players to cheer their teammates.
You can establish rewards for the winners or penalties for the losers.
- In speed dribble push the ball forward in front of you (the palm of your hand is behind the ball), bounce it higher then normal and run fast.
- The players should always dribble and execute the lay ups with the hand closest to the sideline. So they have to use both right and left hand (this does not apply to younger kids).
- If any player fail to make the lay up, they must react quickly grabbing the rebound and shooting again.
- Give two balls to each team. The second player starts when the first player has executed his lay up (this only applies to the first run). This variation is highly recommended if you have two teams of 4 or more players.
- You can arrange games best of three.
- If you have poor skilled players, you can allow them to continue the drill anyway after a given number of failed shooting attempts.
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