The Protection Layup portion of the series teaches players how to keep the ball close yet still in a position to score on the drive
WHY USE IT
Players love putting their heads down and getting to the rim. But, rarely do they practice actually finishing the shot.
The player holds a ball at the elbow for the first portion. The player moves back for the second phase and add in a cone in the third segment.
HOW TO PLAY
Start with the player taking a hard dribble toward the hoop. On the dribble the player “pops” the ball off the dribble to the shoulder (this avoids the “rhythm swing” players typically use and is a better way to protect the ball). The player extends and finishes the layup. Do this five times . The second phase has the player begin in triple-threat position and sweeps the ball, then attacks with a straight-line drive. Use one dribble into a protection layup. Do this five times . Add a cone as a defender. Start in triple threat. Attack the middle with one hard dribble. Get cut off by the cone, dribble between the legs, attack the hoop with a protection layup. Do this five times .
Go at a fast pace – no walking through the motions. Have players anticipating contact while scoring at the rim.