Rebounding is a key aspect in a game of Basketball. Offensive rebounds gives your team extra chances and free throw opportunities, and also frustrates the Defense. Defensive rebounding is a universal sign of a good defensive team limiting the opposition to just one shot attempt. Defensive rebounding with a good, strong outlet pass can translate into an effective fast break and an easy two points for your team. All good rebounders "have an attitude" that every rebound is theirs and are very aggressive on the boards. You've got to want it!! Coaches love the aggressiveness and toughness that good rebounders bring to the team and will usually reward them with more playing time. You may not be the best ball handler or shooter, but if you are an aggressive rebounder and defender, you will get to play.
The first and maybe most important aspect of rebounding is getting inside position and "boxing out". The player that gets the critical inside position is the one who usually comes up with the rebound. When you have inside position, the opponent may reach over to grab the rebound and will be called for "over the back" foul; which will prove costly for them and beneficial to your team especially late in a game when they're on team fouls.
The next part is knowing where the ball is, so as soon as you see the shot being take you get the inside position. It helps if your teammates communicate and let you and the rest of the team know that the shot has gone up. You can do this, just by yelling, "SHOT!".
3 Parts to a defensive rebound.
1. Box Out
All players must learn this skill, as much as any other skill in basketball. This is especially true for the guards. Many times, three point shot attempts result in a long rebound that the guards must get and will get if they also box out. Also, we don't want the oppositions guards slipping into the paint and grabbing an easy rebound, especially when our post players are doing their job and boxing out.
When you box out, you must initiate contact with your marker. Locate your player, get in front of her, pivot so your facing the basket, bend over, get wide with your feet and arms out and put your backside into the offensive player, sealing her away from the hoop. Be aggressive and don't let her push you under the basket. You must maintain your position and keep your eyes on the flight of the ball and then GO GET IT!!
2. Attack The Ball
After you have boxed-out the opponent, then go aggressively after the ball. Attack the ball, jumping high with both arms extended, grab it strongly with both hands and rip it down. Expect some physical contact. You've got to be strong and tough, especially if you play inside. Once you have the ball, protect it by pivoting away from the opponents and "chin it", by bringing the ball under your chin and keep your elbows out. Do not throw an elbow. Ask your coach to demonstrate.
3. The Outlet Pass
Once you have the ball, you've got to be thinking of running the fast break. Get a quick outlet pass to your teammate to get that going. If you hold onto the ball too long the opponents may tie you up and get the jump-ball call. So, immediately pivot away from the opponents and find a teammate to pass to. Pivot on your outside foot. Wheel around and make a strong, two handed, overhead outlet pass to your teammate on the wing. Only dribble if you have to, or if you are in trouble and need to create the space for the pass. Do not make any forced passes and lose possession. All your hard work would be ruined by this silly mistake.
Work hard in training and see your hard work pay off as you earn more game time....
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