The Ultimate Lay Up Drill with 5 Essential Lay Ups for Youth and High School Players
Joe Haefner: Hey, this is Coach Joe Haefner. Next you're going to learn one of the best drills that you can use to make more layups.
Joe Haefner: And this is great for all age levels and skill levels. You will learn how to make different types of layups from every angle of the basket.
Joe Haefner: You can also easily modify this drill to practice any type of layup. And it shows you great variations to turn this drill into a one on one drill that way you can practice finishing against a live defender.
Joe Haefner: Also in the first few variations, you'll learn the five essential layups that every player must master.
Joe Haefner: Now, let's go to the court with Breakthrough Camp's instructor, Coach Jim Huber.
Jim Huber: All right now, we're going to get into working on finishing. So, we have seven cones placed around the perimeter, and we're going to work on dribbling in. We're going to give you different types of finishes. And, I think it's really important to be crafty around the rim. We talk about players, a lot of times, having an A, B, and C option, having three different options you can finish at a high percentage to be effective.
Jim Huber: So, what we're going to do with Jacob is, he's going to start out, and we're going to have him dribble in on this side. He's going to dribble in on his left hand. He's going to dribble left hand. He's going to do left hand finish go ahead and go off a traditional inside foot, drive that hand up and then protect it, rip it to the ear to protect it.
Jim Huber: And, then, you're going to dribble out here, hard, and right hand pushed out. Turn, switch hands, left going in. So, you go right to left.
Jim Huber: You ready? Go attack. Good. He's going to dribble out hard, push it out, turn, direct line around that cone, good. Good, Jacob, good.
Jim Huber: I like how he turns in a direct line, step and it's high, getting right through, and push the ball out.
Jim Huber: And really, when you work on this, try to get here like within two dribbles, push it out like a speed dribble, get it out in front of you.
Jim Huber: Good to go, Jacob, good.
Jim Huber: And, notice that becomes almost an inside hand finish. Get it to a strong hand. Where I always tell players, at times, "If you can get to your strong hand, get to it." And, that's what Jacob's doing in this drill.
Jim Huber: Okay, stop there. So, if you noticed, Jacob went around to the left side and did that. This side he came in, he's using his outside hand. On this side, he's using his inside hand. And, I'm going to tell you right now, anytime you can get to your strong hand, get to it. You're going to shoot at a higher percentage and be more effective.
Jim Huber: So, now we're going to show ... We got Titus doing it. And, Titus is going to go around. We went around in this direction, now we're going to go opposite. And, I'm going to tell Titus, he's going to use his right hand going in, everything's going to be a right hand finish. We're going to do a regular inside foot, drive that outside leg up.
Jim Huber: Ready to go? Traditional lay up. You ready to go? Let's go.
Jim Huber: Good. I love for individuals to use the glass when they have the opportunity. At the rim. Like Coach K at Duke says, he says, "You can bank it, you can dunk it, or you can go home." Big gun using the glass. Any time you use the glass, you're going to shoot at a higher percentage. It's going to hit many different spots and still go in. You can shoot it higher against a shot blocker, be more effective.
Jim Huber: So, he pushes it out in front of him, getting it to a strong hand, and use that glass. Use the glass. Use that backboard. Go on in. You go good, good, good.
Jim Huber: There are times when you might come from the baseline side where you got to finger roll it and you can't use that glass. You need time to get an angle, we want to use it. So, again, now even if we go in the opposite direction, he used his right hand and he got to his outside on this side, his inside hand and outside. And again, push the ball out in front of you, attack, try to get there, minimize the amount of dribbles it takes you to get to the rim.
Jim Huber: Now, we're going to progress. We're going to get into something a little bit different. Now, I'm going to tell him I want, every time he goes up he's going to use the same foot and the same hand. Whatever hand he's using, he's going to use the same foot on going up. I'm planning that and exploding up to go finish.
Jim Huber: You go in the same kind of progression that you had going around the little seven cones, push that attack, get an angle, and use the glass.
Jim Huber: You ready? Go. Let's go.
Jim Huber: Again, let's just work on a different way of being more ambidextrous, feet and hands. You look at Kyrie Irving and that's one thing he's so effective. He's able to finish many different ways at the basket.
Jim Huber: Again, I'm going to have Jacob on the next one, try to push it out, like speed dribble it, try to minimize the amount of dribbles it takes for him to get it out and get there, to be efficient with his dribbles. And again, he's going in at different angles. Different angles are used in a finish, because in the game of basketball you're not going to always go at one angle.
Jim Huber: So again, he goes around the seven spots, push out finish, being more ambidextrous, and going at the different angles.
Jim Huber: All right, now we have Titus going around. And he's going to set the progressive. He's going to go right hand right foot. Right hand right foot.
Jim Huber: Push out attack, make sure you're trying to use that glass, getting that angle. Titus, good, that's right. Push the ball in front of you, turn in a direct line of attack.
Jim Huber: Again, when you're doing this drill by yourself, make sure you're pushing the ball out. When you push the ball forward, minimize the amount of dribbles it takes you to get her, being efficient.
Jim Huber: Going to use the glass on this one. Get in an angle, make it be your friend. Good push out, Titus. Good, direct line, not making a spoon-type movement. Attack get there, be efficient, beat an offender getting to the rim.
Jim Huber: So, that would be a progression that we would move into off of what we showed earlier of just going the traditional lay up.
Jim Huber: Now, another progression we can get into, but I want to just show you what this is and we call it a 'power lay up', going off of two feet. Anytime you know there's going to be any type of traffic, that you're going to be hit right, you got to finish through the contact. We'll tell our post players, we're going to always finish off of two when you're finishing inside. But, any time you dribble to the basket, and he's coming in and he thinks there's going to be contact, we want him to finish off of two feet.
Jim Huber: And notice how when Jacob went he got low, his hips dropped, he got his chest facing the backboard, ball on the side to make the defender go through you. Go ahead and dribble back out. Go and dribble in, come to a two foot stop, and give me a power lay up. Go in, explode, up, he's going to finish off of two using the glass angle.
Jim Huber: Now you notice on this segment we had, Jacob and I, we moved the cones. We have them, you can do this. You can change up on different days you work out. You can maybe move the cones for the back, for the rim. We're staggering the cones, moving it to show you. Now what I want also, Jacob, to do in this drill right now is you're going to make it random. So, we have the cones really random in distance, but now as you finish, I want you to change up every finish. You got three finishes. You got the traditional lay up. You got the two foot power, and we did kind of we talked about going same hand same foot doing that.
Jim Huber: So, I want you, every one of them that you're going around, everyone's got to be different, okay? You ready to go? Let's go. Push it out.
Jim Huber: Same idea, pushing the ball out in front of you, turning in a direct line, get to the basket as efficient as you can. But again, he's making the moves random, changing it up. So, that's how basketball's played. You're not going to finish the same way every time. You're not going to shoot the same shot every time. So, that's why they call it a random-type workout. Everything's different on every finish that he has at the basket. He's not doing the same thing twice in a row.
Jim Huber: And again, that can be used as a workout, just mix it up. As you get, I always tell people to get comfortable with finishing a certain way. And, you might do this same thing, the same rep, the same finish. And then, after you get that down, you feel comfortable, then make it random in your workouts.
Jim Huber: All right, now any time you go one-on-0 ... I really love it when you go one-on-one, because you got to make your workouts game-like, with what you're working on. So, we're going to do this drill that we had, seven cones on the floor, where we went one-on-0 doing finishing, now we're putting in a defender.
Jim Huber: So, if you were with somebody working out, we're going to have them stacked right behind each other. Ball handler's going to be in front facing the top of the key. We'll have a defender behind him. So, now, what's going to happen is Jacob's going to pick any cone he wants to go to. We're going to make it simple if you're working out, we're going to say if Jacob picks the corner, one of the corners, if he goes this way, you're going to have Titus going this way.
Jim Huber: All right, come back. If he decides to go here on the wing part, you're going to take that cone. So, you're going to go, where he goes, just go opposite. Push the ball up, try to get there. Try to make it difficult for him to score. So, now we got Jacob making it random. He can go to different spots right and he's working on different angles and finishing having a defender guarding him.
Jim Huber: You ready? Go. Let's go. Let's go. Push it out. Good. Now, you're behind him again. So, say, do it again, pick a different spot. You ready to go? Let's go. Good. And, you can switch it up, maybe have them do so many reps. He's playing defense. You could play make it take it or you could switch up every time.
Jim Huber: So, now, we're going to have Titus be offense and Jacob's going behind being defense. Ready to go, Titus. Good. Go one more time, Titus. Guard him Jacob. You're ready to go. Push it out. Let's go. Good.
Jim Huber: So, you can do that. That can be something you can do. The other thing you can do, too, is let's set it up. Jacob, be up front. We're going to have Titus be behind. Now, what I'm going to do is we're going to have Jacob can choose a cone, where he wants to go, and you can go to any other defensive cone where you want to go, too. You want to go top, you want to go wherever, you don't have to go to the same cone, this position, similar, opposite, just go wherever you want to go.
Jim Huber: You ready? Go. Let's go.
Jim Huber: So, again, now you're having the offense player pick wherever and you're having the defense maybe coming from different angles.
Jim Huber: Switch it up. You show it here, Titus. You ready? Go. Go, Titus.
Jim Huber: You notice they went to the same side, so you got a defender trailing from behind coming from his hip and he's got to position, he's got to push it out and beat him. So, again, it's a good little drill you can work on and make it random. And, you can move the cones we talked about, you can adjust the cones how you want to do certain things. Do whatever. Be creative, but get into one-on-one segments, so now you're used to finishing in a game-like situation with a defender trying to attack you and not allow you to score.
Jim Huber: So, now we're going to show you another progression of one-on-one finishing. And, now we have it to where we set it up to where on this side we have the cones more in closer, like a help-side defender. The help-side defender is going to get there quicker, so it's going to force the offense player to really push it out, attack, get quicker to the basket. Really, if there's going to be contact, a two foot finish is going to be something that you got to be thinking about. And, again, you're going to have these three cones, so you have the disadvantage of the cones being further out. So, you got to get there quicker and beat them.
Jim Huber: Now, you can make it in your drill to where, again, you could go out to the corner and he's got to go to the corner, wing, wing, more of the kind of like elbow up and you got to go. That's fine, but we're going to make it random where you can pick any cone you want to go to. And, then, defense you can go to whatever cone you want, as well, okay.
Jim Huber: All right, you ready? Push it out. Let's go. Good. Two foot stop, got a little pro hop action, avoiding the contact, and going to finish. Do it again. Do it again, Titus. Do it again. You ready, Jacob? Guard him. Go. Let's go. And, push out and finish.
Jim Huber: So, again, this is a drill you can work on where you can adjust the cones, make it more of an advantage for the defense, harder for the offense player. You have the sides established. After you do reps on one side, then move these cones further off the three point line, move them in, so now they're coming in from the left side. . So, you're working on both sides.
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As mentioned in the video, we believe this is one of the best drills to improve your ability to make more lay ups!
You learn how to make different types of lay ups from every angle of the basket. You can also easily modify the drill to practice any finishing move!
This is great for all age levels and skill levels.
And it shows you great variations to practice finishing against live defenders.
5 Essential Lay Ups for Youth and High School Players
The five essential lay ups for youth and high school players are actually quite simple. You need to be able to finish off either foot, either hand and both feet.
- Right Foot - Left Hand Finish
- Left Foot - Right Hand Finish
- Right foot - Right Hand Finish
- Left Foot - Left Hand Finish
- Both Feet (Quick Stop) - Either Hand
That way, you can jump and shoot at any point. This gives you more lay up opportunities. You don't need to take an extra step that gives the defense more time to recover and contest the shot.
You should practice these from all angles approaching the basket.
You should also practice shooting from different distances. That way, you can stop early and shoot over taller players or quickly extend to the basket to beat help defense.
Lay Up Drill #1 - 1v0 Arc Finishing Drill
You place cones multiple cones around the 3-point arc.
The player dribbles around each cone. Once facing the basket, the player dribbles towards the basket and shoots a lay up.
Practice dribbling around the cone with each hand equally. Practice finishing with each hand equally.
Younger players can move the cones closer to the basket. You can also vary the distance of each cone.
Lay Up Drill #2 - 1v1 Arc Finishing Drill
Two players start at the baseline, one stacked in front of the other with the ball handler in front, facing the top of the key. The defender will start behind.
The ball handler will pick any cone they want to go to. Whichever cone they pick, the defender will run to the opposite cone.
The ball handler will push the ball up the court, around the cone and try to finish with a lay up. The defender will run around the opposite cone and try to get back to the basket to contest the shot.
The ball handler can make it random and go to different spots to work on attacking the basket from different angles. Each time the defense must go to the opposite cone.
Repeat as many times as you want and switch offense to defense.
If you find that the defender is not reaching the offensive player in time, you can also switch the defense and the ball handler. The defense starts in front and the ball handler reacts to the defender starting the drill.
Lay Up Drill #3 - Offense & Defense Pick Any Cone
This time, the ball handler will pick any cone they want to go to, but so will the defense. They can't go to the same cone, but they can go to the same side of the floor if they want.
Now the defense will come from different angles and force the offense to work on different finishes.
Be creative - adjust the cones to different distances or spots on the floor. This will make it more game-like.
Lay Up Drill #4 - Defense Cones Closer
Move the cones on one side of the floor closer to the basket. The defender will run to the closer cones. This will make it easier for the defense to get back to the basket and will represent a help-side defender.
The offense has the disadvantage of the cones being further out which will force the ball handler to attack quicker and be stronger with their finish.
The players can go to opposite cones like the first variation of this drill or they can go to any cone they want, as long as it is on their side of the floor.
After a few reps, switch the side of the floor with the close cones to get practice finishing from both sides of the basket.
- Practice different finishing moves - The offense should not use the same finishing move every time. This is the time to work on new moves.
- Give the offense different angles - Move the cones around the floor so that the ball handler is attacking the basket from many different angles.
- Game speed - Both the offense and the defense should go full speed. This will create the most game-like situations.
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