Add a new wrinkle to practices this season by implementing these dynamic team rebounding drills. The following drills focus on a number of rebounding concepts and situations, including transition basketball and offensive rebounding. The drills can be used at any level of basketball and will keep your players motivated, working hard, and best of all, improving.
Submitted by Darryl Lowrey, Jemison HS, Jemison AL
This drill is great for rebounding, outlet passes, filling lanes in transition, and overall a terrific conditioning drill. Start with one line of players under the basket and one line on the sideline at the free throw line extended.
Player 1 under the basket throws the ball off the backboard, rebounds it aggressively, and outlets the ball to the first player in the other line. Player A dribbles up the floor and jump stops at the foulline and then passes to Player 1 for a layup or short jumper.
Note: After making the pass, Player 1 must sprint to fill the lane and be ready for the pass. The players then swap responsibilities with A throwing the ball off the backboard, rebounding, and dishing an outlet pass to Player 1. After everyone has had a turn in the drill, the players change lines and run the drill on the opposite side of the court.
Submitted by Len Garner, North Gwinnett HS, Suwanee GA
This is a competitive, hard-nosed offensive rebounding drill that teaches your players to be aggressive when fighting for rebounds. Divide your squad into three equal teams. A coach should stand just inside the free throw line. The three teams each form a line – one at each elbow, and one in the middle of the free throw line area.
The first player in each line steps into the paint. The coach tosses the ball off the rim and the three players battle for the ball. The goal for each player is to battle for the ball, get the offensive rebound, and put it back in the basket. The rebounder is not allowed to bring the ball below chin level, dribble, or allow the ball to be knocked loose. If the player scores, they go to the end of his/her team’s line and the next player steps in. Players must score to get out of the drill. The first team to have each of its players score wins.
It’s no secret that winning the rebounding battle goes a long way towards being successful overall as a team. From second-chance opportunities on the offensive end to limiting opponents’ chances defensively, controlling the boards ultimately gives your squad a better chance at winning.
Check out these simple and effective team rebounding drills that you can easily use with your own team. One drill incorporates the entire team while another gets players going 1-on-1 in a rebounding battle inside the paint. The following drills should offer variety, be extremely competitive, and can also be used at any level of basketball.
Submitted by Steve Smith, Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, VA
This competitive drill is a favorite for Coach Smith – and one he’s used for more than 10 years. Divide your squad among two evenly-matched teams. Start the players out wherever you want them on the floor, but allow for some spacing. Coach Smith typically lines players up just outside the lane or around the free-throw line area. This is a team drill that uses three, four or five players and also features three coaches around the perimeter.
The drill begins as the coaches pass the ball around the perimeter until one of them shoots. As this happens, players jostle for positioning. As the shot goes up, the defenders box out the offensive players and try to capture the rebound. If the defense secures the rebound, they receive one point. If the offense gets the rebound, they get two points. The drill is played up to six points. After six points is completed, switch the defensive and offensive teams. Then after two rounds, the losing team runs.
Submitted by Stephanie Gaitley, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
This popular rebounding drill starts with a coach standing just above the free-throw line area. Meanwhile, two players start out on opposite elbows across from each other. The coach then throws the ball into play by taking a shot with a rebound. Now the players go 1-on-1 for the rebound. The player who gets the rebound will then turn and immediately throw an outlet player to the next player in either line. Another option is that after the initial rebound, the players can go 1-on-1 and finish the play before throwing the outlet pass to end the drill.
The following rebounding drills can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Over 30 Team Rebounding Drills” as part of the “Best of the Best” series. Check out more rebounding videos in our extensive catalog by clicking here.
This week’s rebounding feature focuses on a half-dozen drills designed to help forwards improve their overall post play. Kevin Sutton — Nike Skill Academy Instructor and Montverde Academy Men’s Basketball Coach — leads viewers through the workout sessions.
Sutton believes that in order to have post success, every player must possess these five key attributes: 1.) Passion (pure joy of the game and drive to be the best); 2.) P. I. G. (Passion for the post, Intensity to compete, and Guts to go after rebounds); 3.) Great feet and balance; 4.) Great vision in the lane; and 5.) Great hands.
These simple and effective drills — which work on improving overall technique, balance, passing, hand-eye coordination and footwork, among many other areas — will help players develop the necessary post skills needed to become elite rebounders.
Set up two lines in front of the basket on both sides of the glass. Two players will start on both sides of the glass, each with a ball. Each player will hold the ball and pound the glass by jumping up and down continuously. After six pounds, make the layup and then have the players rotate and switch sides.
This time, players will pound the ball off the backboard, come down with the ball and gather themselves before making a shot fake. Then, players will step across under the hoop with a low power dribble and go for a layup on the opposite side. Shoot for six of these per player before rotating. Only player will go at a time with this drill.
Next, players should tip the ball off the backboard six times with just one hand. The tipping should be continuous and players should remember to keep their inside hand up while tipping. After six tips, players should finish things off with a layup. Two players can go at the same time and work on opposite sides of the glass. Remember, the ball should never touch the floor.
This time, players should tip the ball off the glass and alternate hands used to tip the ball. Continue six times before finishing with a layup.
In this drill, players should begin by throwing the ball off the backboard before rebounding the ball at its highest point. Then, players should pivot to the outside and outlet the ball to a designated teammate before sprinting to half court and receiving a pass back from them.
The actions of this final drill are essentially the same as before, except now players have two outlets to use. Whichever side the ball goes off the backboard, players should use that outlet man before taking off down the court. Coaches, remember to rotate leaders in each drill, too. This way, players learn to lead and follow during drills.
The drills mentioned in this week’s rebounding feature can be seen in Championship Productions’ DVD “30 Drills for Building a Complete Post Player.” To view additional rebounding videos in our extensive catalog, click here.