Basketball Drills: Power Layup
This is perhaps one of the simplest basketball drills to run, but an effective way to refine what is probably the most used and most effective post-move there is – the power layup. Players able to make a strong, decisive step to the hoop and go up strong will come out on top almost every time. Every post-player should know how to perform a solid power layup.
In this drill, players work on executing power layups on either side of the basket, working continuously from one side to the next, developing a strong step and powerful entry into the layup – developing muscle memory and reflexive motion that will carry well into game situations.
Instructions to Players
Here’s what players need to focus on in this basketball drill:
- Players must move as in-game situation – strong step and dribble into position, up strong and high, keeping the ball protected tight in both hands.
- This is a timed exercise, so players must move to the next spot immediately upon releasing the ball.
- Focus on footwork – 1 step, no travels.
- The move is not only quick but authoritative – hard dribble, up-strong.
- It’s all one movement – bend the knees and reach down for the ball, bring the ball in as the inside foot reaches back toward the net, step, and one hard dribble together, square, jump, and release.
How this Power Layup Basketball Drill Works
- The offensive player – #1 – sets up on the right-hand block, his back to the basket. A ball is set on each of the blocks, and two teammates – #2 and #3 – stand on either side of the basket ready to rebound.
- On the whistle, #1 picks the ball up and executes a strong, fluid power layup.
- Immediately upon landing, #1 moves across the key to the second ball, resting on the other block.
- At the same time, #2 rebounds the ball just shot and replaces the ball on the block.
- #1 picks up the second ball and executes a strong power layup on the other side of the basket.
- Immediately upon landing, #1 moves back across the key to the other ball, resting again on the block.
- At the same time, #3 steps quickly to rebound the second shot and replace the ball onto the block.
This drill can also be run with baby hook shots or short turn-around jumpers, though in these cases the balls would be placed higher up the key.
The drill continues in this manner for 30 seconds. It’s a simple drill but a good drill for teaching and reinforcing basic skills for post-play.