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Defensive Rebounding

  • Author:
    Paul Tayyar
  • Date:
    Jan 28, 2010

Defensive rebounding is very important in helping your lead your team to victory! Here is a drill to help you become a great rebounder.

How to Run the Drill:

Position one player from the 3, free-throw elbow extended (meaning: Outside the 3-point line in a direct path from the free throw elbow). Have one coach shoot the ball—intending to miss—toward the basket. Have one player positioned right on top of the dotted circle, ready to grab the rebound.

Once s/he has taken the ball off the rim, have her/him pivot, and outlet the ball to the player waiting outside the 3-point line. This final action simulates what would be the beginning of a fast break in a real game. In defensive rebounding drills it is always advisable to have your players practice throwing the outlet pass, as it is a necessary skill for the front line positions to have.

Key Points:

Make sure the player waiting for the rebound is well-balanced, with her/his arms up above her/his shoulders, elbows bent at 90-degree angles. Once s/he has collected the rebound, make sure s/he does not bring the ball below the chest, so s/he does not get into the habit of bringing the ball low, where a player could steal it in a game situation. Lastly, make sure that s/he throws the ball with two hands to the outlet person; Do not let them get in the habit of throwing a baseball pass to the outlet. Though there are certain situations where a baseball pass would be necessary, never allow it in drills so the players do not get sloppy in their mechanics.

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