Skills: How to teach a lay-up to children
Do you remember learning the multiplication tables in math
class? Your teachers started off with single digit multiplication
facts and then moved forward from there.
I have had success in teaching lay-ups with a similar building
block approach. Listed below is a text description of my method and
a free link to a video clip that shows my teaching method at
In the teaching process outlined below, I always break down the
drills into the same four parts.
Part 1: The lay-up component without a ball.
Part 2: The lay-up component with a ball – but no dribbling. (The
players run with the ball.)
Part 3: The lay-up component with a ball and dribbling – but with no
Part 4: The lay-up component with ball, dribbling, and the lay-up
This four-part break down of the lay-up serves as a building
block for each of the basic skills. It also lets the child focus on
one skill at a time. Once he or she masters one skill set they can
move on to the next.
Step 1: Have your player stand on the right side of
the free throw lane on the first big free throw block. This is about
5 feet from the backboard. The rest of the players get in a line
behind the first player.
Step 2: Instruct each player to approach the starting
spot (that block on the free throw land) and to put both of their
NOTE: At this point, put some kind of “X”mark on the court
surface (use tape or chalk.) This is where you want the players left
foot to land (called ‘left foot marker’) as they shoot the lay-up.
This will serve as a visual reminder to help them jump off of their
left foot. This mark will be placed about 3-4 feet in front of the
backboard and about 2-3 feet right of the side of the basket rim.
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To see some short, on-line video clips of the drills we do for
baseball and basketball, go to our website at
www.youthsportstraining.com. Click on the ‘Sample Video’
link to see a representative sample.
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