The two rebounding drills below are simple, effective drills to help teach youth basketball players how to move to the basketball and to get in the habit of jumping and extending to secure the rebound. Of course, if your higher level players aren’t rebounding, they might also benefit from getting back to the real basics of rebounding!
Purpose: To develop rebounding skills by learning to move to the basketball and to catch it at its highest point.
Drill 1: 2 players with 1 basketball standing approximately 10-15 apart. For a team setting, the players can line up across from each other along the free throw lane line and spread down from baseline to baseline. This will help keep players spaced apart from each other so they don’t get in each other’s way.
The drill begins with the first player tossing the ball about 10-15 feet in the air and to either side of his partner. The rebounder, player 2, will begin in a defensive stance. As the ball is tossed from player 1, he will move quickly to get directly under the basketball. Player 2 will extend his arms over his head and catch the basketball. Player 2 will then toss it for his partner. Continue so each player gets about 10 reps (only 1-2 minutes needed).
This first drill teaches players to move quickly to get under the basketball, rather than attempting to reach for it.
Drill 2: The setup for this drill is the same as in Drill 1 above. In Drill 2, however, the rebounder will quickly move under the basketball and then jump to ‘rebound’ it. As in Drill 1, the player should extend his arms and catch the ball at the height of his jump.
After ‘rebounding’ the basketball, he should ‘chin it’ or rip it strongly to chin level with elbows out and both hands protecting the ball. Again, perform for about 10 reps or 1-2 minutes.