Rebounding Drill - Fight For It

This is 1 of the 50+ Rebounding Drills we included in our new Basketball Rebounding eBooks.

Drill Purpose:

This drill emphasizes the use of proper box out techniques to maintain the inside position for the rebound, as well as the aggressive pursuit of the ball.


  1. Divide the team into two groups of five. Give one team jerseys to wear.

  2. Have one team stand on the center circle, facing the middle. The other team stands behind them.

  3. Set the ball in the middle of the circle.

  4. On the whistle, the team on the outside attempts to get into the middle to retrieve the ball.

  5. The team on the inside must box out the opposing team to keep them from getting to the basketball.

Teaching Tips
  • This is a rough drill emphasize to players not to take it too far. Keep track of how many times each team gets the ball and offer discipline.

  • Do NOT allow diving.

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Andrea says:
3/10/2009 at 7:22:39 AM

Not bad, but it's best to perform this drill setting the ball in the middle of key circle. This enable an execution much more game like.
Ex: on whistle the drill start, on the second whistle the team on the inside can get the ball and try to score. If the team on outside get the ball before the second whistle, runs in fastbrake.


Rlawl says:
3/10/2009 at 9:44:12 AM

In addition to "no diving" I have the drill timed. Since a shot from 3-pt. line takes 2 seconds to get to rim, I have inside players hold their box-out for 4-5 seconds.


MichiganRocks says:
3/10/2009 at 2:23:01 PM

So, if the inside team boxes out for 4-5 secs, do they go for the ball on the 2nd whistle? Won't they end up banging into each other?


Dan says:
3/22/2009 at 3:02:40 PM

I have used this drill with high school players. No diving is a good rule, but theyre going to do it anyways. I would also agree w. Rlawl and put a time limit on it. High school kids, I do 3 seconds. Most game box outs will be no longer than that.

I also turn it into a competition between the teams. Box out =1pt. Getting the ball before the time is up = 2pts. Do this for 5 shots. Switch roles. The team with the most points doesnt have to do the punishment (ie usually 10 pushups or sit ups or something).


Steven Hill says:
3/25/2009 at 11:14:20 AM

I believe there are to many players in such a small area of the floor, it's not game like conditions to more than 6 players in let's five foot square area.A player is always back on defense(or suppose to be depending on the situation of the game and time remaining) I use three or less players and yes no diving for the ball is a very good idea, but if there is punishment envolved lets say running or push-up, or set-ups most competors don't want to lose!!!


Micheal A. Breedlove says:
12/31/2010 at 2:28:37 PM

I'll try anything at this point, we are getting killed on the boards. But I will limit it to 3 players at a time.


Dwayne says:
2/21/2011 at 12:54:12 AM

I will try this drill at the next practice. How has the drill worked for you other guys? Is it better to run the drill with 3 players or five?


COach Tae says:
11/16/2011 at 11:12:29 PM

This is like another drill I do. As long as you set ground rules, with no diving and kinda match up the kids by height, it goes pretty well. I saw a huge improvement in m rebounds after a drill like this.


Chris Kelley says:
12/12/2012 at 4:10:56 PM

Not buying into this one. The purpose of boxing out is to have inside position when the ball hits the rim. Once it hits the rim players need to go get it. There''s no point in maintaining the box out. Rebounding is all about finding your man, making contact and going to the ball ahead of your man. Too many football coaches involved in basketball I think.

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Mike says:
12/1/2015 at 2:47:01 AM

You have to find your player, turn, make contact and block out. You then seal and then go get the ball. That is exactly what the drill does. Holding for 4-5 seconds teaches to hold the blockout.

This has nothing to do with football. it is sightly different way or teaching it. It also makes them tougher


Ken says:
12/12/2012 at 7:37:15 PM

This is more about getting your kids tougher - If the ball hit the floor in games when we were boxing out we called that a TEAM rebound.

In games we wanted them to make contact, find the ball and go get it.


shlomo says:
11/2/2013 at 8:33:31 AM

I would desperate the players into pairs,each pair with a ball at different parts of the court,its less dangerous


Coach Hawk says:
12/13/2013 at 1:14:47 PM

Chris Kelley:

It is extremely important to maintain the box out. If you leave for the ball as soon as it makes contact with the rim, the ball could go over your head to the person you boxed out. Maintaining the boxout insures long rebounds can be taken and will also bring "Over-the-back" calls, where if you are not maintaining the boxout, refs will never give you the call.


Mark Arsenault says:
1/30/2014 at 3:53:43 PM

I think the point of this one is to make it tougher in practice than it is in a game. I recall doing similar drills in high school. The point is to get the player acclimated to the feel and technique for boxing out. With a good box out, the ball should be able to hit the ground before the player releases. I think this drill has validity.


Ken Sartini says:
1/30/2014 at 6:06:29 PM

IF the ball hit the ground because we were doing a great job of boxing out, we called that a team rebound.


Rhea says:
9/15/2014 at 1:39:25 PM

I did a similar drill in high schol as well. I liked it and I think it worked well. The rule of no diving is good, especially with youth. I think they'd be more prone to diving. I plan to use this at our practices.

My question is in regards to matching up players by height; wouldn't it also work to mismatch. I mean, in a game situation players aren't always the same height. Wouldn't it beneficial to teach them to box out their opponent? [For example, boxing out someone, the right way, bigger than you could possibly result in an over the back call?]


Mike says:
12/1/2015 at 2:48:03 AM

If you put less players in or open up the area, the players will just run around their defender. I've seen it happen.


John Bingham says:
7/19/2018 at 12:15:45 AM

I rotate my boys around so they get matched up with someone different every time. Not always blocking out someone your size in a game. I usually line them up around the arc though. First whistle is proper close out. Second is block out. Ball is under the basket so they have to maintain then go get it!


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