Highly Effective Rebounding Drills to Help You Dominate The Boards...
You love the "hustle players" on your team, the ones that give it
all they got, and especially the ones that bring down the "boards".
Nothing's more frustrating than playing excellent defense and
then giving the opposing team a second chance by giving them an offensive rebound.
Good rebounding is so essential to winning, because without
it, the other team will have way too many chances to score, and your team will barely have any chances to
This page contains a handful
of basketball rebounding drills that you can use with your team...
REBOUNDING DRILL #1: 1-2-3
3 people line up in the paint. The first one is #1, the second is #2
and the third is #3. Put one person on the top of the arch and one outside the 3-point line down in the corner and
another in the same position on the other side of the 3-point line. Someone should call 1,2, or 3 and then pass to
any of the lines. When they shoot, the number of the person they called should go box them out. If the shooting
team rebounds it, they can keep playing.
REBOUNDING DRILL #2: 1 ON 1 REBOUNDING
WITH OUTLET PASS
One line is behind top of the key. Two players are in each outlet
spot, free-throw line extended. One defensive player is in the lane. Player number 2 in the line takes a shot on
the basket. The first player in the line tries to grab the offensive rebound while the player in the lane tries to
box him out. After taking the rebound the defensive rebounder passes an outlet pass to the same side the rebound
was taken. The outlet player passes the ball to the second player in the line who now takes a shot and the drill
moves on. After going to offensive rebound, players rotate to the same outlet spots as the outlet pass was made to.
The players from the outlet spots rotate behind the line after making the pass to the second man in the
If offensive player does not get the rebound he should press the
rebounder when he's making the outlet pass.
The number of rebounds each player has to collect can depend on the
player's size and strength.
REBOUNDING DRILL #3: 2 MAN REBOUNDING
DRILL AND CONTINUATION
Two players begin on either end of the foul line (the elbows).
Standing opposite them on the baseline are another two players. One of the players on the baseline has a ball and
passes out from under the basket to either player on the foul line. The player on the foul line will catch and
shoot the ball.
As soon as the player on the baseline passes out he will run out his
opposite player on the foul line. He knows that he will shoot the ball immediately so he is aiming to get to the
player and prevent him from rebounding the ball (ie block him out). As soon as the shot is taken the players on the
foul line will contest the rebound.
If the players who started on the baseline have done their job they
should have blocked out the two players on the foul line and rebounded the ball. If they have done this they then
pivot away from the basket and make a quick outlet pass to a coach standing there - with the emphasis on a quick
pivot and pass to initiate any fast break opportunities. If they have not done their job and the players on the
foul line get possesion they simply try to score in a two on two situation.
REBOUNDING DRILL #4: 2 ON 1
Coach has ball at free throw line with three players facing the
bucket. Coach shoots the ball and all three players fight for the rebound. The player that secures the rebound goes
up to score and the other two players fight for the rebound. The ball is always live, there is no out of bounds,
there is no fouls. If the ball goes in the bucket, it is still live and whoever secures the ball goes back up to
shoot the shot. These three players battle for the rebounds until one of the three players gets 3 buckets. Then you
replace him with a new player and start again.
REBOUNDING DRILL #5: 3 ON 2
The Coach stands under basket with ball in hand while 3 players on
offense stand at wings and top of key. 2 defensive players stand facing offense on the blocks.
Coach passes the ball to one of the offensive players. The two
defensive players are not allowed to look at coach. They have to box out the two non shooters. Shooter does not go
for the rebound.
REBOUNDING DRILL #6: AROUND THE WORLD
Five or six players line up around the 3 Point arc. One player is in
the middle (In the lane area) with a basketball.
The man in the middle passes the ball to the first player around the
arc and closes out on him in a good defensive stance.
The offensive player has 2-3 dribbles to take the ball to the
basket, shoot a pull-up jumper, or shoot a 3-point shot.
Once the shot is taken, the defensive player blocks out and attempts
to hustle after the rebound. The offensive player also goes for the rebound (if offense gets it they put back). The
one on one goes on until the defensive player gets the rebound, even if the offensive player makes the basket. Good
offensive rebounders can often get from 5-10 rebounds. There are no fouls or out of bounds, so it gets very rough.
The defensive player is finished when they go through each player. Then the next player will go with the defensive
player going to the end of the line around the arc.
REBOUNDING DRILL #7: BOX OUT
At half court, designate a set number of players (I use 5) as
defense and an equal number as offense. Set the ball at the center of the jump ball circle. With the defense on the
inside of the circle, match the players up according to position.
With the players matched up facing each other, the coach blows the
whistle. Offense (on the outside) attempts to get the ball, defense attempts to box out the offense. This drill can
get a little physical but it teaches players the amount of contact that is necessary to be a good rebounding team.
Try the rebounding drill and I'm sure you will see a change in your teams intensity level.
REBOUNDING DRILL #8: BOX
Place 1 player at foul line, one player approximately in the center
of the paint and two players at low post. Player at foul line passes the ball to one of the low post players. The
player in the center of the paint first defends the ball until shot goes up, he then gets back to box out the other
player at the low post and make the rebound. If he does not get the rebound he defends the ball until the shot goes
up again. He again boxes out and goes for the rebound.
REBOUNDING DRILL #9: CIRCLE BOX
Have players gather in circle each with a specific number eg.
1...2...3...Put a player in middle with ball at their feet.
When calling out a number the player's who's number is called
attacks middle attempting to touch ball without touching ball through defenders legs.
Player in middle blocks out player attempting to touch ball by
boxing out with arms outstretched and back stressing good position and blocking out.
As soon as first player either touches ball or is blocked out call
another number having defender move to prevent next player from touching ball.
Make sure defender picks up direction of defender without turning
and facing them.
REBOUNDING DRILL #10: DANTLEY
This rebounding drill will increase your jumping ability and
strength for putbacks, as well as your concentration.
Start underneath and to the right side of the hoop. Begin by tossing
the ball off the backboard. Timing it correctly, the player jumps up, grabs the rebound, and pins it against the
backboard. Then, the player jumps up again, taps the ball against the backboard once, and scores the lay-up.
Continue for seven consecutive lay-ups, and then switch to the other side of the hoop.
REBOUNDING DRILL #11: DUMMY
This rebounding drill is designed to emphasize that a shooter follow
his shot and take it to the basket with an aggressive shot attempt. Player A starts on the wing and makes a flash
cut to the ball which is at the top of the key with player B. Player B then passes the ball to player A, who sets
himself for a jumpshot. If A makes the jumper, A will go again until A misses. When A misses A will rebound the
miss and take it strong to the basket where the coach, who has a football dummy shield will strike the player with
a moderate amount of force. If A misses the put-back A will resume with the play until A makes the basket.
REBOUNDING DRILL #12: GATOR REBOUNDING
We have 4 lines-2 under the basket and one line on each sideline
free throw line extended. The 2 players under the basket step out to the free throw line facing the coach or
manager who is the shooter. On the shot, they must block-out and get the rebound. The player getting the rebound
throws the outlet pass to one of the players on the sideline running the break. The player not getting the rebound
must get back and defend 2 on 1.
REBOUNDING DRILL #13: HE-MAN
This is a drill that teaches aggresive rebounding and shooting the
shot after the ball is rebounded. Also a good lesson for squaring up to the basket and giving head and shoulder
Divide players up according to size and/or position. Each group of
players should have an individual basket and a coach or manager with each group. The drill starts off with everyone
underneath the basket getting ready for good box out position. The coach or manager then shoots the ball and as the
shot goes up, it's every man for themselves to try and get the rebound. When a player grabs the rebound, all other
players then become defenders and surround the rebounder.
The rebounder's job is to take the ball back up, under control and
score. The defenders job is to distract and even foul the shooter so as not to score. If the rebounder/shooter
scores they are awarded a point. This continues until one of the players gets three points. When a player gets 3
points, he then chooses the 'punishment' that the rest of the group must get, (ex. push-ups, sit-ups, sprints,
REBOUNDING DRILL #14: KILL
3 team members in lane under the basket, coach on the free throw
line. Other team members out of bounds under the basket. Coach tosses ball high on board and three players in the
lane try to rebound. Each player must have two put backs before they can leave the drill. After a player puts in
her second shot, she leaves the lane and a player from the base line enters and opposes the remaining two players.
Go until all players have participated at least once. No dribbling or traveling. No INTENTIONAL fouling!
REBOUNDING DRILL #15: MCHALE
Have the player stand underneath and to the right of the basket.
Begin by tossing the ball off the backboard. As the ball comes down, jump up and tip the ball back off the glass
with your right hand. At the same time, use your left hand and try to grab the rim (or as high as you can go).
After ten tips/grabs score the basket, and then proceed to the other side of the hoop and repeat, using the
REBOUNDING DRILL #16: NBA
You have 8 guys in the paint. 4 on offense 4 on defense. The
defensive guys are on the inside and the offensive guys are on the outside. You have two guys outside the
three-point line waiting to get the ball. The drill starts by one of the guys outside three point line shoots a
three. The guys on defense yell shot and box out the guys on offence and to get the ball.
After you get the rebound if you are on offense you try to score. If
you are on defense you pass it to one of the outlet guys. If the offence scores they get 2 points. If the defense
gets the ball to one of the outlet guys they get 1 point. We usually play to 10 the losing team runs a jay
REBOUNDING DRILL #17: PRESSURE OUTLET
Have four rebounders under one basket. Have two other players
positioned on either side of the basket ready for an outlet pass. Coach will take shot and create rebound, four
players under basket will box-out and rebound.
Player who gets rebound should immediately get out of pressure from
other three rebounders by either smart dribbling--then passing, pivoting--and then passing, or a straight pass to
one of the outlet players. The other three players who do not get the rebound should swarm the successful rebounder
and make it difficult with out fouling.
REBOUNDING DRILL #18: SUPERMAN
START AT THE LOW BLOCK. THE PLAYER TOSSES THE BALL TOWARDS THE LEFT
SIDE OF THE PAINT, BOUNCING OFF THE BACKBOARD. THROW IT HIGH OFF THE GLASS AND IN AN ANGLE FOR BEST RESULTS. WHEN
HE THROWS IT OFF THE BACKBOARD HE SPRINTS AND LEAPS IN THE AIR CATCHING THE BALL IN THE AIR BUT ALSO LANDS ON THE
OTHER SIDE OF THE PAINT BUT BOTH FEET MUST LAND OUTSIDE THE PAINT. REPEAT GOING BACK THE OTHER DIRECTION. KEEP
DOING IT WITHOUT STOPPING GOING BACK AND FOURTH.
REBOUNDING DRILL #19: HUSTLE WITH
-4 offense start at the opposite free throw line
-4 defense at opposite hoop, right inside the 3 pt arc, with their
backs to the offense
-4 defense cannot look at the offense until the whistle
The 4 offense take off in a dead sprint towards the defense, who
cannot see them. Just as the offense crosses half court or later, the coach blows the whistle. The offense comes
flying into the defender as hard as they can, literally throwing elbows and force at the defender. The defender
must find his man and fight back, to get a box off whoever recovers the ball has the most 'hustle with the
REBOUNDING DRILL #20: REBOUNDING
For this example we will use 8 players. 4 offensive and 4 defensive.
The coach will start the drill by placing the ball on the free throw line. He then asks his four offensive players
to face the ball, standing about 8 feet from the ball. Then he asks his 4 defensive players to match up evenly size
wise and face that offensive man with his back to the ball.
Instruct the defensive players that once the whistle is blown that
they are to prevent the offense from getting the ball using blocking out methods. The offense is to try to touch
the ball without fouling the defensive man. After 5 seconds reset and run again until the coach is pleased with the
REBOUNDING DRILL #21: REBOUND
Make two lines on opposite ends of the court at the free throw line.
One person starts it off by throwing it of the backboard and then runs to the other line. Next person in line grabs
the ball in mid air and throws it of the backboard to the next person.This continues for 2-3 min. without the ball
hitting the ground.
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