Layup drills and full court weave (Week 2)

In Week 2, we will be covering some layup drills and full court weave in the second half of the session. We will also be covering some basic dribbling drills and touching a little bit on the 2-3 and 3-2 zone defense.

Layup Drills

We will be working on the Mikan basketball drill. This drill is named after the NBA legend, George Mikan. This drill is a continuous layup drill geared to help  players with their layup footwork and finishing with either hand.

Beginners (one foot)

Player starts in front of the rim looking at the basket. Take a big step with the left foot towards the right side of the basket, jump off that foot, drive right knee up, and shoot layup off backboard with right hand.

Grab rebound quickly, and reset in front of the rim. Take a big step with the right foot towards the left side of the basket, jump off that foot, drive left knee up, and shoot layup off backboard with left hand. Grab rebound quickly, and reset in front of the rim. Repeat as necessary. No dribbling necessary.

Beginners (two feet)

Player starts in front of the rim looking at the basket. Take a big left-foot-right-foot step towards the right side of the basket, jump off both feet, and shoot layup off backboard with right hand.

Grab rebound quickly, and reset in front of the rim. Take a big right-foot-left-foot step towards the left side of the basket, jump off both feet, and shoot layup off backboard with left hand. Grab rebound quickly, and reset in front of the rim. Repeat as necessary. No dribbling.

Intermediate

Same as beginners except there is no resetting. Player continuously goes from right side to left side making without dribbling or the ball hitting the floor.

Full court 3-man weave

In the second half of the session, we will be doing a three-man full court weave.  This drill teaches footwork, conditioning, passing as well as a number of other important fundamentals.

One player stands directly beneath the basket with the ball. The two other players one on each side outside both three-point lines. Spacing is key in this drill.

Firstly, the player in the middle passes the ball to the left and follows his pass.  Secondly, the player on the left catches the ball moves in a sharp diagonal line towards the center of the floor, as he passes the ball to the man on the opposite side of the floor, who is moving diagonally ahead of him. Thirdly, the player who was initially in the middle, has now moved behind the man he threw the ball to, while the man now throwing the ball will proceed to move behind the player that he has passed to.

Ideally, the movements of the three players make a type of amoebic figure-eight as they move down the floor, constantly moving behind the player that they just passed to. At the other end of the floor, the drill repeats when the player in the middle catches the ball from the basket.

This drill repeats until the team scores 60 successful lay-ups.