By: Ryan Goodson
Originally Published in: Basketball Essentials
Provided by: Human Kinetics
When I watch youth basketball practices, I am confused when coaches use only the inside-foot layup. There are many situations in the game that call for alternate finishes at the rim. The inside-foot layup is appropriate only when the defender occupies the inside position between the offensive player and the basket. Sometimes the offensive player may be between the defender and the basket; in this scenario, the offensive player may need to finish with the inside hand and jump off the outside foot to protect and shield the basketball from the defender and to open a scoring window.
After picking up the dribble, take two steps. The first step is with the inside foot and the second step is with the outside foot. The first step is long and the second is short in order to maintain body control. Land on the second step in a low and athletic position; then launch up and toward the basket and protect the basketball on the inside of the body by finishing with an inside-hand layup off the correct quadrant. During this maneuver, focus on the basket until the basketball comes through the bottom of the net (see figure 3.4).
OUTSIDE-FOOT LAYUP CHOREOGRAPHY DRILL - Breakdown
OUTSIDE-FOOT LAYUP CONE DRILL - Breakdown
OUTSIDE-FOOT LAYUP GAME-READY DRILL - Breakdown
The player should protect the ball with the outside shoulder to prevent a deflection from the defender.