Rebounding Drill - Fight For It

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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.

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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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!


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.


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?]


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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