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.
This drill encompasses the competitive nature of your young athletes as well as involving the fun aspect in basketball. This drill will have your young athletes competing head-to-head to try and score in a one-on-one setting. Practicing this drill in your practice will get your athletes excited and ready to play.
Imagine you are in a very close game with 30 seconds left in the 4th quarter and your team is on defense. You steal the ball from the opposing team, and are now on a breakaway with defenders sprinting down the court to try and stop you from making that basket. How do you make that lay-up while moving at such a fast pace and under various amounts of pressure? Developing this skill may take some practice; however, this drill will help young athletes feel more comfortable in making lay-ups under pressure in a fun and engaging way.
The octopus drill is great to use as it not only works on an individual’s dribbling, but also their driving – both skills go hand-in-hand (literally) when going for a lay-up!
The Lay-up, easy to learn, hard to perfect.
The rebound, to the outlet, to the finish might be one of the simplest but prettiest plays in basketball. And though its only three steps, it’s far from easy. Gordon Hayward (albeit a much younger, skinnier version), a forward for the Utah Jazz, walks us through it.