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Basketball Drill - Circle Box-Out Drill

By James Gels, from the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook, @

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.

See also: Rebounding 2 Man Drill, Rebounding Box Out Drill, War Drill

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)

Price: $39.99
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