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Basketball Drills - Rebounding Box-Out Drills

By James Gels, from the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook, @
Here are several rebounding box-out drills. Also see the War Drill and 2-on-2 Rebounding Drills. See Rebounding to learn more about boxing-out technique.

Basketball Drill: 3-Man Rebounding, PowerUp Drill

This drill stresses boxing out and rebounding, as well as low post offensive power moves. This is a good drill for your inside post players. Have three players under the basket. The coach or a manager shoots the ball up. All three players work for position and go for the rebound. The player who gets the rebound powers the ball back to the hoop while the other two are on defense and try to stop him.

No dribbling is permitted except for a one-bounce dribble adjust. The offensive player should be thinking three-point play (the old fashioned three pointer), the basket and a foul. This drill not only stresses rebounding fundamentals and aggressiveness, but also power offensive moves, as well as "in the paint" defense and shot blocking.

Here's another option:
Allow the two defenders to "bump" the offensive player's body (not the arms or shooting hand) when going up for the shot. This of course makes it very difficult to score, but helps teach your post players how to "finish" even when there is contact on the shot… again it's the old-fashioned three-point play.

Box-out for rebounding position

Basketball Drill:- Box-Out the Shooter Drill

Here's a good rebounding, box-out drill, as well as a shooting drill.

Make two lines... the shooting line on the wing, and the defense, box-out line at the free-throw line.

Give the ball to the wing player. Have the first player in the defensive line move over to defend the wing player. Have the wing take a good shot (defense should let him/her shoot the shot). Then as soon as the shot is released, the defender turns and boxes the shooter out and gets the rebound (even if the shot is made). The shooter tries to get the rebound (but no second shots are allowed as this is mainly a box-out drill).

Boxing-out drill

If your man is away from the basket on the perimeter, do NOT use the standard boxing-out techniques employed right under the basket... the offensive player will often get around you, or you may get a foul. Instead, find your man and "check" him by making contact with him with your forearm. If he tries to get around you, "arc" him outside, and then aggressively pursue the ball.

If your man is stronger and pushes or forces you inside the paint, then use the standard block-out technique used in the war zone. If your man releases away from the basket to half-court as a "safety", go to the closest elbow and rebound from there. Often the 3-point shot results in a long rebound to either elbow.

If the offensive player gets the rebound, the defender has to do five push-ups. They get the message soon about the importance of boxing out.

As an added feature, I also want to stress the importance of making good passes. So I want to see a good pass from the rebounder back out to the next player in the shooting line. If the rebounder makes a bad pass out, he/she does five push-ups.

Basketball Drill: Box-Out Circle Drill

This drill has players work on their boxing out technique.

Have 10 (or 12) players get into position around the free throw circle. You can really use any number of players as long as they have room to maneuver. The players should pair up with a partner. Have guards go against guards, post players against post players. Have five defensive players spread around the circle, and their offensive partners outside the circle. They should be facing each other.

The Drill:
The coach puts the ball in the center of the circle, gets out of the way, and blows the whistle. The offensive players try to get inside and get the ball. The defenders should immediately pivot, put their backsides into the offensive players and keep them outside away from the ball. They should continue boxing out for a count of 5. Then switch offense and defense.

Make sure defenders are using correct boxing out technique (see Rebounding), and do not hold the offensive players. You can keep score and the losers run. Any holding fouls, give a point to the offensive team. This puts pressure on each player to do his part in keeping his man out.

Basketball Drill: Triangle Rebounding Drill

From Chris Mack's DVD - "All Access Xavier Basketball Practice With Chris Mack"

Basketball Drill: 4-on-4-on-4 Rebounding Drill

From DVD "Open Practice with Gary Waters"

Helpful DVDs:

Here are several Helpful DVDs, including one from Tom Izzo, Michigan State Head Coach, whose teams are noted for their tough rebounding.

Tom Izzo: Dominating Rebounding & Man-to-Man Defensive Drills

Tom Izzo: Dominating Rebounding & Man-to-Man Defensive Drills
By Tom Izzo, 2000 NCAA Champions, 3X National Coach of the Year. Coach Izzo shares one of the most dominating man-to-man defensive and rebounding systems in college basketball today. Izzo's teams have been among the nation's leaders in rebounding margin (+11.7) and scoring defense (58.9) since he took over in the '95-'96 season. The seven defensive drills that Izzo covers include... (more info)

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Competitive Rebounding Drills

Competitive Rebounding Drills
with Skip Prosser, former Wake Forest Head Coach, ACC Coach of the Year, 2003 #1 Rebounding Team in 2003 (NCAA, Division I), with a +9.6 rebounding margin!

This informative instructional DVD includes some of the best rebounding pressure drills ever! Skip Prosser teaches the fundamentals for successful team rebounding philosophy in This incredible demonstration video! All of the competitive drills demonstrated are based on these three major components: 1) Never let each other down 2) Collective Responsibility 3) It is not how big you are but how big you play!Packed with thirteen two-minute drills, two four-minute drills, and one eight-minute drill, Prosser outlines players' rebounding responsibilities within each drill and shares methods for making successful rebounding a source of pride for your players. Every drill is competitive, complete with example of consequences and rewards. An added bonus includes a special presentation on how to develop as a coach, and how to deal with players and parents. This is really a "gold mine" of great information. (more info)

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