Rebounding on defense is one of the most important skills in basketball, and one that every coach, player and team should value. This iSport lesson will demonstrate how to grab a rebound when playing defense.
Players who can routinely get defensive rebounds are highly sought after. Good rebounding limits the offense to just one shot per possession, which prevents additional scoring opportunities. Rebounding is largely a team-wide effort, but you need to know the proper individual technique if you want to snag the ball out of the air with consistency.
The first thing you need to do is box out the opponent – every player on the court, even perimeter players, need to seal their opponent.
Find your man, get in front of him, pivot your feet so you face the basket, bend at the hips, take a wide stance with your feet, and keep your arms out to your sides.
Your backside should seal the offensive player from getting in front of you, preventing your man from getting near the hoop. Keep your eyes locked on the ball.
Once you’ve boxed out your man, attack the ball: Jump and fully extend your arms straight to the ball. Always catch the ball with two hands; if you go after the ball with one hand, defenders can easily slap the ball out of your hand, or you can lose control of the ball.
Protect the ball by bringing it under your chin with your elbows out. You’ll likely draw some contact with other players once you possess the ball, so you have to be tough inside. But don’t throw any elbows – this will lead to an easy foul call.
Once you’ve secured the ball from the defense, look up-court to move the ball. Quickly pass the ball to a teammate, but don’t force it. Use your pivot foot to protect the ball, and only dribble if you need to separate yourself from the defense.
Here’s a breakdown of what this lesson covers:
The ability to grab rebounds is one of the most important defensive skills in basketball.
In order to set up a rebounding effort, start by boxing out the player you’re defending—make it difficult for him to get near the hoop.
To make a rebound, jump towards the ball with both arms extended. Grab the ball with both hands to secure it, then bring it under your chin with your elbows out to protect it.
Rebounding is a physically demanding skill that requires a good deal of practice to master. But once you do, you’ll be a highly regarded defender.