The lay-up is a skill that seems easy but requires constant practice before it becomes second nature. Practicing it at an early age with both hands will help the youth become more confident to get those easy baskets whenever those opportunities arise.
The lay-up is a fundamental sport skill in basketball. The Mikan Drill is a great exercise that works on the technique of a lay-up, provides a lot of repetition with both hands, and works on multiple skills in basketball such as lay-ups, footwork, rebounding and balance.
The Mikan Drill
|AGE (STAGE)||6-12 (FUNdamentals, Learn-to-Train)|
|EQUIPMENT||1 basketball per basket|
|VARIATION:||Incorporate lay-up variations (power or reverse lay-ups)|
Key teaching points to keep in mind while doing this drill is to ensure players are using the correct hand and elevating off the opposite foot and they are using the backboard on each attempt.