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Basketball Shooting Drills - Cougars Rapid Fire Lay-ups

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This drill teaches snappy passes, quick movement, lay-ups and emphasizes good communication. Because of the rapid pace and quick ball movement, failure to communicate will cause all types of havoc in the lane.


Have your team form a line at the low block facing towards the opposite low block. For this example, we will assume they on the right low block facing toward the left sideline.

Take the first three players from this line and assign one to the opposite low block and the two elbows of the free throw line (forming a box).

The drill is started with a ball at the right low block. This person passes to and replaces the person at the left free throw elbow. The person at the left free throw elbow passes and replaces the person at the right free elbow. The person at the right free throw elbow performs a right handed lay-up and replaces the person of the left low block. The person on the left block rebounds the lay-up and passes to the person at the front of the line and goes to the back of the line.

Put the line on the left low block to practice your left-handed lay-ups.

Number of Players:

5 or more


Make sure you emphasize communication in this drill. It will run smoother if you get your team talking.

We like to use this as a pre-cursor to stretching at the start of practice because of the variations and the pace is performed will get your players warmed up. Also with the talking, we find our players focus quicker with is great if some of them (and even the Coach!) is having a slow day.


See how many lay-ups can be performed in a set timeframe (We use 2 minutes a side)

Introduce a second or third ball as the team becomes more proficient. The more balls involved, the faster the pace.

Instead of player just moving from spot to spot, have them run to the next spot, jump stop and pivot (set a screen and roll) to receive the next pass.

Have them take no dribbles on the lay-up


Passing, Communication, Lay-ups and Rebounding


This basketball drill is licensed under a Creative Commons License. This drill is from Pål Degerstrøm at www.degerstrom.com/basketball.

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