Many coaches agree that rebounding is the most important phase of basketball. For instance, we may not be a good shooting team, but we would not have to be if we rebounded well to get the second and third shot every time down the floor. On the other hand, if we limit our opponents to one shot, we will have a chance to win regardless of our defense. The importance of rebounding cannot be over emphasized because it does bring about winning basketball.


We emphasize rebounding in every drill and in every situation, everyday. We never take a day off from our emphasis on rebounding.

Our philosophy:

1. Basic stance: Get wide in the chest and have your hands ready for the rebound. Rebound with a wide base. When coming down with a rebound, have your legs spread so you are strong and you are in position for an outlet pass or a dribble.

2. Always assume a shot will be missed. We never want the ball to hit the floor, and we want to rebound the ball above the rim (or as close as talent allows).

3. Always rebound with two hands. Usually the one-handed rebounds are nothing more than potential rebounds that never materialize.

4. Go after every rebound. On defense, we must have five blockouts and our guards must rebound down into the elbow areas of the court. On offense, we send three to the glass and stagger our other two offensive players back to protect against the quick outlet and fast break.

5. Be physical and make contact every time on the blockout. We teach our players to bump and go get theball. Find an offensive player, make contact, then adjust and release to the ball.

6. Rebound out of your area. Most players are area rebounders, but we want our players to follow the flight of the ball with their eyes, judge its bounce, and then get to that area to rebound it with two hands.

Our rebounding effectiveness is not based on drill work but is based on an uncompromising daily emphasis by all members of our staff. We may compromise a few things along the way, but rebounding is never one of them.


Any of these drills can be run as is or by keeping score. A coach can add a competitive element.

1. 3-0 Rebounding

This is an aggressive, physical drill for post players and it lasts thirty seconds. The coach will shoot from ten feeet away as many times as he can. We emphasize the following:
A. Starting with a wide base with hands up.
B. Reacting to the ball by following the flight of the ball.
C. Moving the feet to rebound out of each player's area.
D. Going to get the ball with two hands and landing with a wide base.

The rebounder takes a good shot or passes back to the coach. All three players chase any loose balls and sprints back to their position for the next shot.

2. 3 on 3 Rebounding

This is our most competitive rebounding drill. Three players are chosen to play defense. The other players fill three lines and start at the two blocks and free-throw line. The coach makes an entry pass. The coach can pass and shoot in this drill. Each possession starts with the coach entering the ball.

A. The defense must get possession of the ball three times before getting out.
B. Possession is defined as a two-handed rebound or forcing a turnover.
C. A made basket does not change the count.
D. Players cannot switch.
E. If the offense gets an offensive rebound or loose ball, the count returns to 0.

3. Rebound Area Drill

This is a one-on-one drill where players start ten feet from the basket. The defender takes the normal guarding position. The coach shoots the ball, which initiates a block out. The rebounder must initiate contact, hold off the opponent, release to the ball with two hands, and land with a wide base.

4. Toughness Drill

This is a three-man drill where the coach or manager shoots the ball and misses. All three players in the foul lane area go after the rebound. The player who gets the rebound tries to put it back into the basket. The other two players try to stop him within the bounds of normal play.

5. Superman Drill

The best conditioning drill for rebounding ever invented. Place one player with the ball at the second foul line marker. He must throw the ball over the rim to the opposite corner of the backboard. Throw it high on the backboard. The player then races across the lane to retrieve the ball before it hits the floor. If he catches the ball in the inside of the lane area, it does not count as a rebound. Upon catching the ball, he lands with good body gbalance, pivots inward and throws the ball tothe opposite corner. He races across to retrieve the ball before it hits the floor. This movement is continued for a one minute period.

6. War Drill

We begin by placing five defensive players in the paint under the baket and five offensive players spread out along the perimeter. A coach shoots the ball. When the ball leaves the coaches hand, each defensive player must find an offensive man, make contact, and go get the ball. Offensive players can do anything they want to secure the ball. If the defense rebounds the ball, the sequence is over. Offense looks to score if they get the rebound.