Taps Drill

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Double your rebounds per game by practicing this drill. Not to mention, the coach will love it when you're getting the team more possessions with your rebounding.

Drill Purpose:

This drill improves ball control and rebounding around the hoop. You also improve your jumping.


  1. Throw the ball up against the backboard. As the ball comes off the backboard, jump and tip the ball with a designated hand. Continuously do this for a set amount of taps (let's say 10). On the final tap, try to score the ball.

  2. Switch to the opposite hand and do it again.

  3. Use both hands at the same time to do the drill.

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jacob says:
2/16/2017 at 9:46:38 AM



Austin V says:
5/12/2016 at 7:00:11 PM

Joe, I''ve been wanting to get above rim for years now and I can''t seem to find the right form and explode off the ground. I''m willing to work for it, so do you have any drills that can help?


Tim F says:
4/20/2013 at 9:58:06 AM

Have been doing this drill with my daughters as part of their daily workout. Especially good for the taller players that need help on foot work and coordination......


Sheryl Edgar says:
1/10/2013 at 11:38:25 AM

I coach a 10-12 year old girls team. We started doing this drill every practice for about 10 minutes starting two months ago, and my players' rebounding has significantly improved! Female players are not always taught to jump and to time their jumps. We did this drill against the wall instead of the basket for a long time until the girls got to where they could time their jump and catch/release the ball while in the air (key is not to throw ball up too high to start). All of them could not even time their jump to just catch the ball in the air at the top of their jump when we started. Now every player can do many "timed jump/releases" of the ball in a row against the wall. This is a great drill and is one every coach should have the players do for a period of time every practice. Every player on my team, even my point guards, are getting so many more rebounds every game...plus it is a great conditioning/strength building drill.


R TARUN says:
6/16/2012 at 12:13:46 AM

VERY SIMPLE DRILL DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jason Fleegle says:
11/27/2011 at 10:48:29 AM

We like to do all contact rebounding drills with football pads...


alexandria dabney says:
1/3/2011 at 1:51:04 PM

I am a junior in highscshool. I play basketball in Garfield Heights,Ohio for the Lady Dawgs.
This drill has helped me to gain more rebounds each game I play. I do this drill before every game and it really helps me. Before this drill I hardly jumped, but know I am jumping higher than most of the girls in my confrence. Thanks for posting this.


Joe Haefner says:
12/10/2010 at 9:29:50 AM

Brett, you could modify it and have them do it against a wall.


brett says:
12/8/2010 at 6:34:12 PM

Will this drill work for 11 and 12 year olds?


luke says:
10/27/2010 at 11:15:04 AM

Drew all you need to do is work on your calf muscle you can do a simple exercise like a the toe rasier and play basketball alot. who knows you might even touch the rim and grab it.


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