By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Mike Anderson, head coach at the University of Arkansas, presents a competitive rebounding drill that will get players fired up and help them get better on the boards. The more rebounds you grab, the more opportunities you’ll have to score points on the offensive end of the floor.
Drill Summary: Form two lines at the top of the key. The first person in each line steps into the drill on defense just below the elbows and the next person in each line steps into the drill at the elbows on offense. A coach stands in the free throw semicircle with a ball. To begin the drill, the coach throws a ball at the hoop, and the defense must box out, secure the rebound and outlet to a coach on the wing. If the offense gets the rebound, it becomes a live 2-on-2 drill. The defense stays until they get a stop. If the defense gets a stop, the offense becomes the new defense.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Box out.
2) Find and make a good pass to the outlet.
3) Communicate with each other.
4) Play hard!
By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Learn four daily practice drills from one of college basketball’s top coaches. With Stanford women’s head coach Tara Vanderveer leading the way, you’ll pick up effective drills for boxing out, closing out, layups, and jab steps. Before each simulation goes live at full speed, Coach Vanderveer describes and demonstrates how the drill is run and how the team incorporates it into their offensive system.
Close-Out and Box Out Drills
Every practice, Stanford implements a series of partner drills: Passing, closing out, and boxing out. Also, the team will run through these before games as a helpful warmup. You can really get a feeling if repetition, doing things over and over in order to get better.
Close-Out Drill: Players work in pairs and start by standing apart and facing each other. One player will roll out the ball to the other player. The player now with the ball will look to dribble, drive, or shoot. The defender must close out effectively, getting a hand up in their face before getting into proper positioning to cover ground. Players must be aggressive in their first step and move the correct foot.
Box Out Drill:Like before, players will face each other, but now when the coach yells out “Shot”, the defensive players must also yell out “Shot.” After this, they will turn and a get a body on the offensive player and box out. The offensive players must make a move one way or the other to simulate going after their shot for the rebound.
Layups & Jab Sweeps
Layup Drills: This is something that Coach Vanderveer’s team does every day. The squad also tries to partner this series with their pick ‘n roll. Players will go at three baskets and get into groups of (at least) three.
The drill begins with simple layups, one player at a time. Start on the right and then switch to the left side. Players make a crossover dribble before going in for a layup. Next, the drill moves into reverse layups. Players should keep their eyes on the rim when going up to the basket. After this, the drill moves into jump shots from about 10-15 feet out. Look to use the glass to your advantage.
Jab Series: To begin, one at a time, players must work to get open. When they receive the ball, the must make an effective jab step before taking the ball to the rim aggressively. Be sure to use proper footwork and make a strong move.
Next, players move into a jab & cross, incorporating a crossover move and then an aggressive drive to the bucket. After this, it’s on to jab & shoot with no dribble. Essentially, it’s a jab step and then jump shot. Make sure you move to the opposite side of the court and do the same reps. Look to freeze the defender with that jab step every time.