Rebounding Drills For Players, Parents & Coaches


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Practicing Basketball Rebounding Drills is such an important part of a player's and team's development. Why, you ask? Well rebounding, at all levels of competition, is a critical part of the game.

Think about it for a minute. Rebounding is one way for the offensive or defensive player to gain possession of the basketball. Because of this, rebounding is a skill that must be learned by all players.







For the offensive player, rebounding skills are used to maintain possession of the ball for their team. This will allow their team second-chance scoring opportunities.

For the defensive player, rebounding skills are used to gain possession of the ball. This will then allow their team to make the transition to offense, usually by running a fast break.

I think it's obvious to see how important rebounding is to the success of your team. Basketball rebounding drills must be worked on by all players in order for them and their team to succeed.

By learning and understanding the following Basketball Rebounding Drills...

  • Players will have the fundamental techniques needed to be effective and aggressive rebounders. Check out our Youth Basketball Players Page for more rebounding tips!

  • Parents will have more knowledge about the rebounding skills and techniques needed by their child. They will be able to help their child improve upon these skills.

  • Coaches will have a solid foundation of rebounding drills for teaching the proper skills and techniques to their players.


Basic Basketball Rebounding Drills


1. Grab Ball Rebounding Drill


Goal - To practice the skills needed to grab and hold the basketball after a rebound.

Equipment - Basketball court, full-court or half-court. One basketball per pair.

Action - Players will divide into pairs and spread out on the basketball court. One player (rebounder) will start with the basketball. The other player (defender) will be positioned directly in front of the rebounder.

The rebounder will hold the basketball overhead with a firm grip. The defender will grab at the basketball attempting to steal it away from the rebounder. The rebounder will pull the ball away, pivot away from the defender, and keep the ball overhead simulating an overhead pass.

Players will grab five rebounds each and then switch positions.


2. Four Line Defensive Rebounding Drill


Goal - To practice the skills needed to properly rebound the basketball from a defensive position.

Equipment - Basketball court, half-court. One basketball.

Action - Players will form four lines starting at the baseline and spread out to the mid-court line. They will be facing the coach positioned on the sideline. Players will start in a good defensive position, simulating that they are guarding the coach.

The players will slide defensively as the coach moves left or right. When the coach yells "shot" the players will perform the proper footwork and technique needed to box him/her out. They will then jump to rebound, grab the ball, pivot and make an outlet pass.

Option - The coach can dribble a basketball left or right and then perform a shot. As he does this the players will get a hand up to disrupt the shot, and then perform the proper footwork and technique needed to box out. They will then jump to rebound, grab the ball, pivot and make an outlet pass.


3. Four Line Offensive Rebounding Drill


Goal - To practice the skills needed to properly rebound the basketball from an offensive position.

Equipment - Basketball court, half-court. One basketball.

Action - Players will form four lines starting at the baseline and spread out to the mid-court line. They will be facing the coach positioned on the sideline. Players will start in a basic offensive position.

When the coach yells "shot" the players will make a move to get past their imaginary defender, perform a quick jump, simulate grabbing and rebounding the basketball, "chin" the ball while landing, and perform an offensive scoring move on an imaginary basket.

Option - This rebounding drill can also be done with four lines being formed at the baseline. Four players would go at one time performing the above actions at the free throw line, half-court line and opposite free throw line.


4. Wall Rebounding Drill


Goal - To practice the skills needed to properly rebound the basketball.

Equipment - Basketball court. 5-10 feet of wall space per player. One basketball per player.

Action - Players will stand 10 feet away from and facing a wall. They will toss the ball up against the wall so that it bounces back above their head. Players will perform a quick jump, reach up and grab the ball, chin the basketball, and land on two feet in a stable position.

Option - When the players become comfortable with rebounding the ball they can work on the following skills: 1. Pivot left or right and simulate making an outlet pass to start the fast break. 2. Work on an offensive scoring move using the wall as their target or basket.

Note - This rebounding drill can also be performed using the backboards, instead of a wall.


Group Basketball Rebounding Drills


1. Circle Rebounding Drill


Goal - To practice the skills needed to properly box out and rebound the basketball.

Equipment - Basketball court, full-court or half-court. One basketball per group.

Action - Players will divide into groups of six or more and position themselves around one of the jump ball circles. The players should pair up with teammates that are the same size and preferably the same position.

One partner will be the offensive player and the other will be the defensive player. The offensive players in the group will stand on the outside of the circle, while the defensive players will stand on the inside of the circle. The offensive and defensive players should face each other.

The basketball is placed in the center of the circle. When the coach blows the whistle, the offensive player makes a move to get past the defender and to the ball. The defensive player should use the proper footwork to pivot and box out the offensive player. The defender should continue to box out for five seconds. The players then switch positions.


2. Taps Rebounding Drill


Goal - To practice the skills needed to properly jump, catch and rebound the basketball.

Equipment - Basketball court, full-court or half-court. One basketball per group.

Action - Players will divide into groups of six and position themselves at one of the baskets. The players will form a line facing the basket. The first player in line will start with the basketball.

They will toss the ball off the backboard, run in, jump high for the ball, catch the ball, and tap it off the backboard for the next player in line. As this is happening, the next person in line should be running in and preparing to jump for the ball. After each turn the players quickly run to the end of their line for their next turn.

Note - This is a continuous drill. The ball should not touch the ground!

Option - This can also be run as a full-court rebounding drill. The players would form one line at each of the main baskets, and would face the opposite basket.

The first player in line would dribble the ball down the court, toss it off the backboard, jump to catch it, and then tap it off the backboard for their teammate who is directly behind them. After doing this, they would quickly run to the other line and head back down the court to repeat this at the other basket.

Note - This was my high school coach's favorite rebounding and conditioning drill. He also used it if he needed to get our attention. As soon as he yelled "Taps-two minutes" we knew we were in trouble. We would have to run this full-court drill for two minutes without having the ball touch the ground. As soon as the ball touched the ground, coach added another minute.

Believe me, this is a great rebounding and conditioning drill. When a coach uses drills like this, which incorporate conditioning with the skill being taught, then there is no need to spend time running sprints at the end of practice.


3. Figure 8 Rebounding Drill


Goal - To practice the skills needed to properly tip the rebounded basketball.

Equipment - Basketball court, full-court or half-court. One basketball per group.

Action - Players will divide into groups of three and position themselves at one of the baskets. Two players will start outside of the right block area, and the other player will be outside of the left block.

The player on the right side closest to the basket will start with the basketball. They will toss the ball off the backboard to the player on the left side and then quickly run behind that player. As the ball is bounced off the backboard the player on the other side will quickly jump, catch the ball, and toss it back off the backboard to the other side.

The players will continue this pattern of catching, tossing or tipping, and running behind the opposite line for a certain number of repetitions or a certain time period.


4. Two Line Rebounding Drill


Goal - To practice the skills needed to properly box out, go aggressively toward the basketball and rebound.

Equipment - Basketball court, full-court or half-court. One basketball per group.

Action - Players will form two lines at each of the main baskets. One line (offense) will be positioned past the top of the key; the other line (defense) will be positioned at the baseline. The coach will stand at the top of the key with a basketball. The first offensive player will start at the free-throw line and the first defender will be directly in front of them in a good defensive position.

The coach will shoot the basketball, attempting to miss it, and the offensive player will aggressively move to get past the defender for a rebound. The defender will perform the proper footwork and technique to pivot and box out the offensive player.

If the defender gets the rebound, they should pivot and make a quick outlet pass to the coach. If the offensive player gets the rebound, they would make an offensive move to score. The drill is continued until the defender gains possession of the ball.

Option - This can also be run as a two-on-two or three-on-three rebounding drill. The additional players would be positioned on the wings, corners, or post areas.


5. Survival Rebounding Drill


Goal - To practice the skills needed to properly box out and go aggressively toward the basketball for a rebound. To practice proper defensive play and offensive moves to score.

Equipment - Basketball court, full-court or half-court. One basketball per group.

Action - Players will form groups of four at each basket. One player will be designated as the shooter and will be positioned at the top of the key. They will shoot the ball, attempting to miss, to start the drill. The other three players will be positioned in the lane, attempting to rebound the shot.

The player that rebounds the basketball will become the offensive player, while the other two will be the defenders. The offensive player must work for a good shot. All shots are taken in the lane. A player can pass out to the shooter and then get open for a pass and shot.

The player that rebounds a made or missed shot must immediately pass the ball to the shooter and then get open for a pass to start their turn on offense. The first player to score three points becomes the shooter. The other players keep their points as the drill continues.

Note - This is an aggressive rebounding drill with a lot of contact. There is no out-of-bounds used in order to teach the players to go after the ball in an aggressive manner.

I would use an out-of-bounds rule for younger players to prevent them from running into the wall or bleachers. Fouls are not called unless they are excessive and blatant. Players must work on good scoring moves, passing and catching, solid defense, and proper rebounding. Just a great all-around drill!


6. One-on-One Rebounding Drill


Goal - To practice the skills needed to properly box out and rebound.

Equipment - Basketball court, full-court or half-court. One basketball per group.

Action - Players will divide into groups of six at each basket. The players will form two lines at each basket. One line (offense) will be at the wing and the other line (defense) will be at the baseline.

The defensive player will start about five feet away from the offensive player with the basketball. They will start the drill by making a pass to the offensive player who will then take a good shot.

As soon as the shot is taken, the defender should use the proper footwork and technique needed to pivot and box out the offensive player. The shooter should go aggressively to the basket for a rebound.

Once the defender gains possession of the ball they should turn and make a good pass to the next shooter in line who should be in a good position ready to shoot. The next defender should already be in a good defensive position ready to defend and box out.

Note - The shooting line could also be positioned at the top of the key or the corner to practice different rebounding angles.

Option - This could also be a live ball drill if the offensive player gets the rebound. The players would then play one-on-one until the defender gains possession of the ball.

Option - This drill could also be run as a two-on-two or three-on-three drill. The additional players would be positioned on the wings, corners, or post areas. The shot would still be taken from the wing in this drill.

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I hope you found these Basketball Rebounding Drills to be helpful and informative. These are some of the best drills used to teach players to rebound the ball aggressively and effectively by using the proper technique and footwork. As I mentioned above, rebounding is every player's responsibility!

If you need more great information on these rebounding drills or other basketball topics, I would suggest you purchase some good basketball books and videos. These will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about the game of basketball.







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