This Simple Tip Will Improve Your Offensive
ReboundingÖ Even Small Teams

Which situation is more difficult to block out for a defensive rebound?

1 - Youíre two feet from an offensive player who has little to no momentum going towards the basket.

2 - Youíre five to ten feet away from somebody who is running towards the basket.

For me, itís situation two. I believe itís much more difficult to effectively block out a moving target with speed and momentum on their side.

So we try to use speed and momentum to our advantage for offensive rebounding with our 5-out offense. You could also try this strategy with a 4-out offense.

Itís much harder to block out three or four players crashing the boards from the perimeter. The key word is crashing. You need to go after every rebound with hustle and tenacity.

I also believe that this is a great strategy for teams who are small and quick.

However, you definitely need to evaluate your team. If you have a few big players who are slow-footed, it might be wise to keep them close to the basket.


The rule to enforce aggressive offensive rebounders

When coached properly, you will get more offensive rebounds. However, if you donít emphasize it, your offensive rebounding will suffer.

This simple rule works well for me...

If you donít sprint to the boards on every shot, you sit on the bench.

You can also designate a safety for transition defense purposes. Some coaches use the weakest offensive rebounder. Some coaches always send the top guy back.

If youíre really concerned about the fast break, you might send two guys back.

Personally, I prefer to keep the pressure on our opponents with persistent offensive rebounding. So I send 4 guys every time.

We hope this tip helps you improve your offensive rebounding and scoring for next season.

Resources and Solutions

Basketball Rebounding eBooks -- How to Develop a Dominant Rebounding Team that Wins the War on the Boards

6 Tips for Rebounding in the Zone

Improve Rebounding by Adding ONE Simple Rule to Your Offense

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Alessio says:
11/30/2016 at 9:58:05 AM

Great article, thanks for sharing!


Bert Samson says:
11/3/2016 at 7:28:11 AM

Another rule can be:

In practice we have a rule that when there is only one player in the lane, offensively, the made basket doesn''t count. Even on a fast break situation. Sometimes we go to three players at least in the lane.
That really works for us to create offensive rebounders on my team and helps us to block out all the time.

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Joe Haefner says:
11/3/2016 at 1:52:42 PM

I like that, Bert! Thanks for sharing.


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