Quick & Easy Rebounding Tip that Will Give Your Team the Edge

Getting players to anticipate and react quickly is one of the best ways to improve your team's rebounding...

If you can get your players anticipating a split second sooner than your opponent, you will most likely dominate the boards!

You can do this by teaching your players to be the first one to make contact... When boxing out, be sure to make contact first (before they make contact with you). Hit them first and stay low. This will allow you to dictate what happens, get leverage, and also anticipate faster than your opponent.

You can also teach players to get started as the shooter is uncoiling. Initiate contact early by going to block out as the shooter is uncoiling (not after he releases). This mentality improves anticipation. The same goes on the offensive end. Go after the rebound and establish position as the shooter is uncoiling.

You want to react and move quicker than everyone else.

Teach your players to anticipate and you will get more boards!

Source: eBook - How to Develop a Dominant Rebounding Team that Wins the War on the Boards!

What do you think? What are your experiences? Do you have any thoughts, ideas, and suggestions?


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Coach P. Brown says:
10/15/2010 at 12:22:29 PM

Great stuff on rebounding, we are always looking for new ideas to get the importance of rebounding across to our players. One idea that we have had some success with is the 3 second rule. On outside shots and some closer to the basket you have 3 seconds before the shot is going to be rebounded. After teaching the proper contact on the offensive player to stop his advancement to the rim we can then ask our players on defense " What did you do for the 3 seconds after the shot was taken? " Showing them a game film and having them watch themselves for those 3 seconds is helpful also. We also use the same idea for offensive rebounding.


Coach Harris says:
10/13/2010 at 4:49:00 PM

Boxing out is essential. Without it playing defense is useless. However I can not teach going towards an offensive player to box him unless we're underneath the basket. Moving towards the offensive player gives him the advantage, he knows where he's going you don't. Make hand or forearm contact with the only part of his body he can't use to fake with ( the old belly button) and then react and close according to his movement. Cross your body if he crosses your body and close with your back if he goes to your back side. going to get a shooter when he is in the air could work with good referees, but I don't have that luxury. The other reason I don't go toward a player is this puts my momentum in the direction opposite the basket and an experienced player will use it( swim move for example) to get by you. Underneath the basket, especially opposite the shot, however, it becomes vital!


Benny Mitchell says:
10/13/2010 at 12:06:43 PM

Remember when start your season especially with younger players or gifted athletes make rebounding a important part of you practice just like shooting etc. A lot of times we are guilty of just trying to fit it in. I think it was Ralph Miller the former Oregon coach that proved that 75 or 80 percent of your posessions in a game come from rebounds.


Coach Dick says:
10/13/2010 at 11:19:19 AM

The drill I use is either 5-on-5 or 3-on-3 passing the ball around the perimeter without the defense trying to steal. It's important players move as they would in a game. Then I yell "shot", the player with the ball is allowed to shoot and everyone boxes out their man with proper form. Defense gets one point offense gets 2 points. Losers run suicides. It's important to show proper technique when boxing out before doing this drill especially since players rarely stand still. You may want to start them off in a 1on1 around the foul line and have the coach take the shot.


BC says:
10/13/2010 at 9:47:43 AM

Sounds good, but what are some good drills to practice this technique?


Coach Lee says:
10/13/2010 at 8:50:14 AM

The saying I use is, "Find the man, get the man. Find the ball, get the ball." This reminds the players to get that contact with the man first and then get the ball.


Benny Mitchell says:
10/13/2010 at 5:59:52 AM

Good morning
This exactly what I teach my player. The term I use is flesh first ball second. Touch some flesh and then react to the ball. Rebounding is one of the lost arts but the players that master it are usually the leading scorers and great defenders or complete basketball players no matter what position they play.


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