2-Person Chaser Lay-up Drill

This drill expands on the chaser lay-up drill and adds additional variables (hat tip to Brianna Finch for the drill). On the weak side, the cone for the defensive player is ahead of and to the inside of the cone for the offensive player. The set up should create a 1v1 with the ball handler against the defender from the weak side with an offensive player trailing on the weak side and a second defender sprinting from behind. Therefore, the drill becomes more of a transition drill than a strict lay-up drill, and adds a small amount of decision-making to the drill. […]

Improving Offensive Footwork: Extension Lay-up Drill

In youth basketball, coaches should utilize a variety of lay-up drills that focus on different things, such as speed lay-ups, contested lay-ups and bad angle lay-ups because lay-ups determine the outcome of games. The following is a half-court lay-up drill focused on footwork, finishing with both hands and utilizing a good first step to minimize dribbles and maximize offensive efficiency.

The drill is simple. Each player makes three of each kind of lay-up before switching to the left side (a total of 24 lay-ups in the entire drill). Every lay-up starts on the wing at the three-point line, free throw line extended. As the previous player goes, players spin the ball and catch on a one-count or jump stop with knees bent and butt low. Each move uses only one dribble and three steps. Players must learn to extend with the dribble on their first step. […]