2-Cone Contested Lay-up Drill

This is another lay-up drill that uses the idea of the 1-second advantage (Renato Pasquali). Read more

Foster’s 1v1 Transition Drill

This is one version, or one way, to do the Foster’s 1v1 Transition Drill. Read more

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. Read more

Slalom Dribbling and Lay-up Drill

A drill that I picked up from a French basketball clinic online. We use it as a finishing drill during our high-school skill workouts. Read more

Stride Stop

Here is a stride stop used in the Playmakers Basketball Development League curriculum:

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. Read more

1v2 to 2v1 Fast Break Drill

Here is the 1v2/2v1 Fast Break Drill from the Playmakers Basketball Development League curriculum.

Marauder Lay-ups

Here is the Marauders Lay-up Drill from the Playmakers Basketball Development League Transition League curriculum:

  • What Is A Playmaker?

    Who decided that a point guard has to be small? More importantly, what is a point guard? We expect a point guard to be a leader and have a high basketball I.Q. Why don’t we expect or challenge all players to develop this game awareness? Why rely on only one player? Read more →
  • The PBDL Concept

    English soccer academies wait until players are 11 to play full 11v11 soccer; in Italy, youth basketball players participate in skill-oriented clinics at 6-years-old, but start competitive games at 12. In the United States, kids play 5v5 full court games and compete for national championships when they are 8-years-old.

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  • Starting A PBDL

    The PBDL emphasizes learning and development. Presently, players and parents have numerous recreation options - leagues based on fun and equal participation, typically for beginners - and numerous competitive opportunities - teams focused on strategy, game preparation and winning. There are few true development leagues - until now.

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