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.

Solutions and Resources

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Nicklaus says:
6/14/2009 at 4:09:26 PM

this drill really works and makes my fotting better and i learn to balance more ...


Marc says:
8/2/2009 at 9:28:55 AM

How can i make this drill appropriate for female players who do not have the same athleticism as male players?


Jeff says:
8/3/2009 at 8:35:08 AM

Marc - Female players can do the drill the same way as males, they just won't be jumping quite as high. This drill is all about timing and coordination with left/right hands. Jumping high is not a requirement. Give it a shot. If it's difficult at first, that's good. They will learn and improve.


Matt says:
11/13/2009 at 8:37:10 AM

Question, when you say tap you mean just tip into the air or our they supposed to tap it back up to the backboard? I have 5th grade girls and anything I can do to help them rebound would be helpful.



Jeff Haefner says:
11/13/2009 at 8:40:32 PM

Matt - They are supposed to tap is against the backboard. However 5th graders won't be big enough to do that well. You can have them tap the ball against a spot on the wall instead. Good luck.


Robert says:
12/17/2009 at 11:10:20 AM

What is a good drill for a 4th grade boy
to practice to improve rebounding skills?


Joe Haefner says:
1/7/2010 at 11:05:17 AM

Hi Robert,

Here is a good drill: http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/drills/reactionrebounding.html

You can find more youth drills in this youth coaching section: http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/coaching/youthbasketball.html


Jalen Hall says:
9/18/2010 at 12:20:47 AM

I am just going into highschool and I want to be able to rebound better. I am only five foot three and and very skinny. What drills and techniques will be helpful when rebounding against bigger people?


Jeff Haefner says:
9/18/2010 at 10:37:41 AM

Jalen - 90% of rebounding is mental. Some of the important keys include anticipation (always assume its a miss), knowing where the ball will go, and aggression. Here are a few articles about rebounding:

If you want a thorough explanation of how to become a great rebounder you can consider this ebook:


Dewi McNamara says:
10/19/2010 at 5:28:35 PM

yeah, instead with 2 hands for dribbling, i like 1 hand only. is that good with one hand only? btw having my gala day t'day so nervous.....


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