Tips to improve your team rebounding

By Marc Comstock, Tecumseh High School, Tecumseh, Michigan

Developing relentless rebounders requires an attitude that coaches must instill in players.
Developing relentless rebounders requires an attitude that coaches must instill in players.

You must acquire a relentless rebounding attitude and it must become a source of pride for the entire team and coaching staff. This pride and courage is developed everyday in every play and every game. Drills must be repetitious, with a constant emphasis and statistical feedback kept during practice and games.

Rebounding is a consistent, controllable area of the game. It keys fast breaks, makes up for poor shooting games, limits the number of shots a good shooting team takes, demoralizes and intimidates an opponent and changes an opponent’s game preparation.

The following are quick-hitting ways to teach successful rebounding in your program, including defensive rebounding, on foul shots, offensive rebounding, rebounding close to the rim, rebounding outside the lane and more.

Techniques for defensive rebounding

  • Have a relentless attitude.
  • Contact—first step in the “cup” (area you create in the lane).
  • Box—either reverse or front pivot.
  • Butt-to-groin with head up, elbows out, hands up and legs wide.
  • Find the ball, release and be quick to the ball.
  • Use two hands and two feet.
  • Fire an on-target outlet pass. 

Rebounding on defensive foul shots

  • Have feet together and close to the offensive player.
  • Keep your push-off foot closest to the baseline.
  • “Step and get”—arm and leg up.
  • Utilize a regular block-out technique.

Techniques for offensive rebounding

  • Have a relentless attitude.
  • Be active and avoid the block out.
  • Get inside, beside or pin the defensive player.
  • Tip the ball back or up.

In the ‘cup’

  • Butt to groin.
  • Hands up and elbow out.
  • Keep your head up.
  • Dance your opponent out of the cup.

Outside the ‘cup’

  • Check ’em and chuck ’em.
  • Be quick to the ball.
  • Stay between your player and the ball.
  • Play the shot angle.

Being a block-out team

  • Want the ball and have a relentless attitude.
  • Must rebound with two hands and two feet.
  • Must be able to rebound two spaces removed.
  • Must have no fear of contact.
  • Must read the rebound (length) and angle.
  • Initiate contact in the lane area.
  • Get your nose under the ball.
  • Get inside, beside or pin the defender when offensive rebounding. Avoid the block out.
  • Get inside position by face (take away path). Front pivot or reverse pivot when defensive rebounding.
  • Create a “cup” in the lane area.
  • Play every shot as a missed shot.
  • Step and get on the free-throw block out.
  • Tip the ball up or back on defense.
  • Have three people within 3 feet of all rebounds.