Rebounding

Rebounding is an essential fundamental of basketball. Without rebounding, all the work of the defensive end of the floor to force a miss would be for not. Therefore, an offensive rebound can save a previously bad possession. Rebounding has a couple fundamental aspects that can allow a player to be an effective rebounder, but other than proper form, effort will mostly determine whether or not a player gets rebounds.
The most important aspect of rebounding is boxing out. An effective boxout requires the player getting in an athletic stance, facing the rim, and sealing off the opposing player from getting to the rim, and missed shot, by spreading their arms and legs out. Before getting into this stance players should find an opposing player one to two metres away from the basket. Getting in this stance essentially creates a moving wall between the opposing player and the ball. Often when opposing players attempt to get around or over a boxout it results in a foul because it would entail them moving the player boxing out rather than going around them. Boxing out is the most effective way to prevent the opposition from getting a rebound.

After, or without, boxing out players should focus on grabbing the ball when it is at its climax. At this point, the ball is furthest from all other players because it is the highest off the ground. Grabbing the ball at the climax will require some leaping ability, so for shorter and less athletic players, boxing out may be a more effective option.

Using both hands is essential when players do have a chance to grab the ball. Using one hand can be unbalanced and risky. The ball could easily be knocked out of the player’s hand through contact with another player, or simply not having a good grip on the ball. Holding the ball in both hands will also lead to more protection of the ball from the opposing players. Protecting the ball also involves widening a stance, holding the ball high with elbows out, as well as squeezing the ball in case an opposing player tries to go for the steal.

The Mikan drill is a prominent rebounding/paint drill. It is an individual activity so players are constantly doing the drill. In the Mikan drill, the player rebounds the ball off the backboard, makes a right handed layup from underneath the basket on the right side. The player then grabs the ball before it hits the ground and does the same thing on the left side of the basket. If the player misses the layup, they rebound the ball and try again. This drill goes on until the ball touches the ground. The constant repetition and movement allows for the players to refine both their layup skills and rebounding, while also conditioning them for the physical toll rebounding can take.

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