Basketball Drill - Rebound-Outlet-Break Drill

By Dr. James Gels, From the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook
"Helping coaches coach better..."

By Tim Marshall

The objectives of the R-O-B Drill include both offensive and defensive transition skills, as in offense to defense and vice versa.

To set up the drill you need 2 rebounders(R1 & R2), 2 shooters(S1& S2), 2 outlets(O1 & O2), 1 defender(D1), and the entry passer(M).

Rebound, outlet pass, fast-break drill - setup

To Begin
R1 and R2 start on the blocks facing S1 and S2. M passes to S1 or S2 - S1 here to explain the drill(diagram 2).

When S1 catches the ball:

- R1 must call "ball" and cover S1 immediately.
- R2 covers S2 and denies pass.
- S1 catches the ball and shoots immediately.*
- R1 contests shot, yells "shot", and boxes-out S1.
- R2 hears "shot" and boxes-out S2.
*alternative is to allow one pass to S2 to work on pass denial and R2's communication - "ball", "shot", etc.

When the shot occurs:

- R1 and R2 are to box-out shooters until ball hits floor.
- R1 and R2 hold their block-outs whether shot is made or not.
- S1 and S2 battle to get offensive rebounds.

If R1 gets rebound:

- O1 calls for "outlet" while moving up the floor.
- O2 breaks for basket.
- S1 pressures the pass, then retreats on defense after the throw.
- S2 hustles back to stop O2.
- D1 drops back to the stop 2-on-1 break.
- O1 and O2 try to score on D1 before help arrives(S1 & S2).

Rebound, outlet pass, fast-break drill - running the drill

Drill Rotation:

- R1 and R2 become S1 and S2.
- S1 and S2 become O1 and O2.
- If O1 shoots, he becomes D1.*
- D1 and O2 go to R1 and R2 lines.
*Shooter becomes defender


- If S1 or S2 get the rebound, then R1 and R2 must run two walls.*
- Anyone who makes a turnover must run two walls.
- If O1 forces turnover passing to O2, he runs two walls and O2 goes to D1.
*S1 and S2 remain as shooters

What we are trying to accomplish:

1. Transition
A. We want to instill in the defense to become the offense immediately by finding the outlet, pushing the ball up the floor as quickly as possible and gaining the advantage - ex. 2-on-1 break. We must do this before the opponents can get back and 'help out' on defense at the other end of the floor.

B. We want the offensive players to battle for offensive rebounds, put pressure on the opposing passer, and still get back on defense as quickly as possible.

2. Rebounding
A. The objective here on defense is to teach proper blocking-out techniques and sustaining the block-out as long as possible.

B. On offense we try to instill a more aggressive attitude toward the non-shooter in going after offensive rebounds and want the shooter to follow his shot.

3. Communication
A. The rebounders are to communicate where the "ball" is when their man has the ball, and to tell everyone that a "shot" has gone up, which will tell teammates to block out.(This can be enhanced by allowing S1 and S2 to pass the ball before shooting.)

B. We also want rebounders to get in the habit of getting the ball to an "outlet" as quickly as possible.

As with most drills, there are many variations that you can use to meet the needs of your players. We found this drill to be successful for players who needed work on communication, pushing the ball up the floor, and especially in getting good position and blocking out on the defensive end of the boards.