How to Increase Basketball Skills | Basketball Assisted Layup Drill
Basketball players are always looking for the shot which comes with the least amount of difficulty, and the highest probability of going through the basketball rim. An excellent way to stand out with these shots close to the basket is by first getting to the basket and second having enough power, explosiveness and control to finish the shot through contact. By combining overspeed training and basketball skill drills at speeds greater than the athlete is used to, the basketball player will begin to recruit new muscles, and in turn improve their basketball skills in driving through the lane.
Reactive Stretch Cord Benefits
The Reactive Stretch Cord Basketball Assisted Layup Drill provides both the overspeed training that is required to enhance an athlete’s performance and basketball skill moves to help the Assisted Layup Drill translate to game time situations. Teams regularly performing the basketball Assisted Layup Drill during practice will see a dramatic improvement in their players’ basketball skills pertaining to control, power and explosiveness driving through the lane. Improving on these basketball skills will translate into much closer, higher percentage shots, as well as refining the basketball player’s ability to finish these high percentage shots in game situations.
The Assisted Layup Drill is a simple yet rewarding basketball drill and should be performed regularly during practice to help players develop basketball skills such as power and explosiveness through the first ten yards of the lane. It is important to closely monitor athletes during the basketball Assisted Layup Drill to ensure the drill is being performed correctly and to monitor the athlete’s energy level throughout the Reactive Stretch Cord Basketball Assisted Layup Drill.
Control Driving to the Basket: Setting Up The Assisted Layups Drill
To set up the Reactive Stretch Cord Basketball Assisted Layup Drill teams will need a Reactive Stretch Cord, two Speed and Agility Cones, a basketball and an anchor (partner) to hold the Reactive Stretch Cord during the basketball Assisted Layup Drill. The two cones will be placed evenly on opposite sides of the lane at the elbows. If no cones are available athletes may use the elbows of the lane as a starting point.
The athlete performing the Assisted Layup Drill will secure the Reactive Stretch Cord around their waist, snuggly, so the band does not rotate around the body. The anchor, partner holding Reactive Stretch Cord, will place the end of the cord in their hand and make sure the safety harness is secure to their wrist to avoid injuries.
Executing The Drill | Focus and Intensity
One of the best ways to enhance basketball skills such as power and explosiveness through a to the basket is by assisting the athlete driving to the basketball. By adding momentum to their approach to the basket basketball players will build control while moving powerfully to the basket.
To begin the basketball Assisted Layup Drill the athlete attached to the Reactive Stretch Cord will stand at the elbow of the lane and begin driving to the basket, just as they would during a game to mimic game like shots. The anchoring partner will stand under the basketball goal, safety harness secure around their wrist, and carefully pull the Reactive Stretch Cord to increase speed of the athlete traveling to the basket. As the basketball player drives through the lane the athlete and anchor need to be sure the athlete performing the Basketball Assisted Layups remains under control throughout the entirety of the drill. This requires the anchor to constantly adjust the amount of assistance throughout the layup drill, and allow the athlete driving to the basket to get comfortable with the assistance.
The anchor should gradually increase the assistance throughout the Basketball Assisted Layup Drill so the athlete can stay under control but is able to challenge himself or herself with the amount of assistance throughout the Assisted Layup Drill. The anchor must also keep the slack out of the Reactive Stretch Cord to avoid tripping on any extra slack.
The assistance needs to be closely monitored throughout the entirety of the basketball Assisted Layup Drill. An important aspect of the layup drill is the ability to control the basketball throughout the assisted layup. You do not just need to get to the basket; you must get there under control in order to successfully finish the shot. Anchors and coaches should watch their athletes to ensure the participant in the basketball Assisted Layup Drill is not breaking their stride or over striding. If either of these actions are observed by the anchor, the assistance needs to be decreased.
How Many Reps Should You Do
As the basketball player and the anchor progress through the Reactive Stretch Cord Basketball Assisted Layup Drill it is important two adjustments are frequently being made and monitored by the anchor, in order to optimize the basketball Assisted Layup Drill for the athlete. First the anchor should begin with very little assistance and gradually increase their pull on the Reactive Stretch Cord as the layup drill progresses. This will ensure the basketball player can maintain control and a good stride while incorporating the overspeed training into the basketball Assisted Layup Drill. As the layup drill progresses it is important for anchors to increase their pull on the Reactive Stretch Cord. This will ensure the athlete is reaching their full assisted stride, under control, yet their basketball skills are being optimally challenged by the Reactive Stretch Cord Basketball Assisted Layup Drill. Anchors need to vary their position under the basketball goal to give the athlete multi directional resistance. This will simulate and improve the athletes basketball skills receiving contact from different directions.
Athletes should perform active sets of 4-6 repetitions per set of the Reactive Stretch Cord Basketball Assisted Layup Drill. While performing repetitions it is important to switch from one side of the lane to the other, and to take an even number of shots from both sides of the lane. This will ensure development of basketball skills, such as explosiveness, to both sides of the basketball goal and finishing shots. Athletes performing the basketball Assisted Layup Drill should rest for 60-90 seconds in between sets to give the athletes enough time to recover and perform the Basketball Assisted Layup Drill focused and under control.
Improving Basketball Skills
Basketball players looking to challenge themselves beyond the Reactive Stretch Cord Basketball Assisted Layup Drill should check out the Modified Assisted Layup Drill located in the basketball section at KbandsTraining.com. Be sure to check out the rest of the basketball section for more great basketball specific drills. The site offers great equipment to help any athlete gain the edge over the competition. The site also offers purchasing details for the Reactive Stretch Cord, which will help athletes take their basketball game to the next level.
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