How to Make More Layups with 3 Simple Tactics
I don't think there's a coach in the country that hasn't been frustrated by players missing lay ups. So this article will give you some simple ways to cut down on missed lay ups and get players finishing at a higher percentage!
Here are 3 simple things you can do to make more lay ups...
1) Make it Realistic - No More Lay Up Lines!
Travel around the country and you'll see thousands of pre-game warm ups and practices with players shooting lay ups in the traditional lay up lines. But is this really what happens in a game? How often does a player get to start right from the wing area, get 2 or 3 dribbles, and then get an uncontested lay up at the basket?
If you are really lucky that might happen one time per game. The rest of the lay ups will occur at odd angles... maybe directly to the basket, maybe from the corner, or maybe another angle. But rarely do players get the perfect angle from the wing. So why do we always shoot lay ups from there?
Instead, make lay up drills more realistic. Change the number of dribbles that players require to get the basket, change angles, and do what you can to simulate what actually happens in a game.
2) Add Competition
Again, how often do players get uncontested lay ups? In a real game they are rushed, have limited steps they can take, and often get contested near the basket from the help defenders.
Using drills like corner finishing make things more realistic and help players learn how to finish in a game.
It's no wonder players have trouble finishing. They usually don't get to practice the way they play. So in a game, it feels completely different.
3) Use Multi-Purpose Drills
We all know there just isn't enough time in the day to get everything done. So use multi-purpose drills that incorporate lay ups and a variety of skills. With a little thought and effort, you can incorporate lay ups and some type of finishing aspect in almost all the drills that you do.
For example, in your shooting drills, you can have players rebound their own misses and finish at the basket. When running ballhandling drills with cones or chairs, have guys shoot lay ups each time down the court. Or when practicing ball screens, have guys finish at the basket and add a help defender to contest the shot.
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