“A layup is the action of a player dribbling towards the hoop, taking two steps, and then laying the basketball into the hoop off the backboard.” For a traditional layup — this is correct. With that said… There are MANY variations of a layup (I’ll share 7 of them with you later in this article) and no two in-game layups are identical.
In this video, you will learn how to shoot a lay up, a running shot often used in basketball games.Need more help with lay ups? Help is at hand! Simply check...
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We sometimes use the word "layup" and "finishing" interchangeably. If you're a coach, you already know what "layup" means. When we say "finishing", that means the player is going to the basket and finishing with some type of shot. That shot could be a layup, euro step, pro-hop, jump-stop power finish, floater, push shot, and the list goes on.
The layup is a fundamental basketball move that will become second nature after you practice it enough. You should get to the point where your body remembers what to do and you don't have to think about which foot to put forward and which one to jump off: you just do it. Do layups as part of every basketball practice.
Let's start with a right-handed lay-up. As the names suggests, you'll shoot the ball with your right hand from the right side of the basket as you're facing it. Note: Even if you're left-handed, you'll shoot a lay-up from the right side of the basket with your right hand. That’s really important.
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Once a player completes their layup they join the end of the line. Continue this for a couple of minutes before moving back. Next players take one step back from the block to perform a two step layup (place a cone if you have one so the players always know where to start from).
Setup. Set up four passers, with one at each elbow on both sides of the court. The rest of your players will form two lines, at opposite ends of the court, right where the right lane line and baseline meet. (see the diagram below) Each line has one ball.
Basketball lay up technique. A lay-up provides a player with the opportunity to drive at the opponent's basket, jump close to the target and release the ball safely at the backboard.