Rebounding Tips & Techniques with Diagrams and Video

Rebounding is very important. If you rebound well, this allows you to get more possessions throughout the game. The team with the most possessions has a better chance of winning.

When blocking out or boxing outů.

  1. Yell "shot" to make your teammates aware that a shot has been taken.

  2. Locate your man. You can't block out without locating the person you are going to block out. If you leave an offensive player unattended, he can easily slip in to grab the rebound and score an easy bucket.

    Note: Steps 1 & 2 should be done simultaneously.

  3. Get your hips low, make a wide base (preferably wider than your opponents), and make contact. Stick out your forearm to make contact with the opposing player.

  1. Do a reverse (back) pivot into the player if needed.

  2. Push the opposing player away from the basket using your butt and legs.

  3. Have your arms straight out to your sides which will make it harder to get around you. You can also feel where the player is going.

  4. Shuffle feet to stay in front of the player.

After you secure a rebound, you should...

  1. "Chin the ball" which means to put the ball underneath your chin with your elbows out. This makes it harder for the defense to steal the ball from you after you secure the rebound.

  2. Pivot away from the basket to the sideline to throw an outlet pass to a streaking player or a guard located near the sidelines.

If you want to see and hear more of these rebounding tips from Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, check out this video:

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natalya thomas says:
11/18/2020 at 1:40:26 PM

is basketball important like all the other sports


Jefferey Tripe says:
7/28/2020 at 6:56:03 AM

Is high school basketball no longer a non-contact sport?


Belle says:
6/28/2017 at 5:18:36 PM

super helpful and specific. thank you


julius peter says:
11/30/2015 at 6:02:19 AM

good tips Mr. Great. may u Continue giving us even through email. I am a player from Uganda


Pat Flanders says:
10/19/2015 at 6:01:54 PM

Joe, I love everything coming out of Breakthrough Basketball, but I am waging my own private war against "chinning the ball" ;-)

I totally understand the idea behind it - get control and protect the ball. But I think it teaches a bad habit - I see kids chin the ball all the time and they miss opportunities for fast breaks, to quickly dribble / pass away from getting double-teamed, or in the case of an offensive rebound, to go right back up, strong, for a follow up shot. When you get a defensive rebound, by chinning the ball you also give up your advantage in getting the ball quickly into a scoring position - you essentially give the other team more time to get down court to set up.

I know there are many schools of thought on this, and I'd love to hear others' comments.


joe cantu says:
1/6/2010 at 6:20:51 PM

im a beginner coach for 10 & under i think that was a very helpful video0


coach Dennis says:
3/5/2009 at 5:42:53 AM

This is the best video on rebounding I've seen. DH covers a lot in a couple of minutes. I see Varsity players that don't use these techniques. Plus, when it comes from Dwight they'll listen. Good job.
Thanks a ton.


Vhenz says:
7/17/2008 at 1:19:48 AM

How to inprove my vertical leap?


earl says:
7/7/2008 at 9:22:56 AM

this will help me be a better player


conrad says:
4/29/2008 at 10:03:17 PM

its awesome u could learn a lot go cats


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