Dribbling and layup drills (Week 4)

In Week 4, we will focus on dribbling and layup drills.

Dribbling and controlling the ball

Dribbling and controlling the ball is a skill that can be practiced alone. Ball handling, however, involves knowledge of the game and integrates dribbling, passing and decision-making. Practicing and improving your dribbling is a simple task. There are many dribbling drills that are in use today that are challenging and effective. We will show you some dribbling drills at the sessions that you can practice anytime during the day on your own.

4 tips to improve your dribbling and ball handling skills

  1. Dribble the ball hard. The more time the ball spends in your hand, the more control you have of the ball.
  2. Head up at all times.
  3. Use your finger tips to control the ball, not your palm.
  4. Practice outside your comfort zone. Experiment; go faster than you are used to once you get used to the ball. When working on new skills, don't be concerned with losing the ball. Just pick it up and do it again. If you practice only things that are comfortable, then you will never improve.

Lay-up

The lay-up is the easiest shot and the first shot players should learn. A lot of players have difficulty getting the correct footwork, and shooting off the correct foot. Players must also learn to use either hand, and, as you become more advanced.

Footwork

When dribbling toward the basket, move slightly to one side of the hoop to create the proper angle. If you're on the right side, dribble right-handed, and plant your left (inside) foot and jump off that foot, and finally shoot with your right hand. As you raise your right hand, your right knee should also elevate. Reverse this form if shooting from the left side.

As you approach the hoop, take a half step with your outside foot, then take a full stride with your inside foot pushing off the court. When jumping your outside knee should be bent. Go directly toward the basket, with your head up and eyes focused on the backboard. Go up strong and straight to the hoop. Don't shy away if there is a defender, just go strong to the hoop. You may get fouled and get a three point chance.

Aim

Always use the backboard when shooting lay-ups from either side. Aim for the top corner of the box on the backboard. Focus in on this area; don't watch the ball. Keep your head up. We will work on getting your footwork correct and get players aiming properly by doing some simple layup drills.