Purpose: To practice the skill of blocking out and rebounding a missed free throw. All too often, coaches will remind players to “rebound” on a free throw or to “block out the shooter”. Those are great reminders, but have you spent time and practiced rebounding free throws?
This drill is designed to help your players learn to stop the shooting team from getting a second chance off of a missed free throw. It is also designed to get them to better communicate.
Drill: Players line up around the free throw line as shown. A coach or manager will be shooting and missing the free throws (I personally don’t like to have players purposely miss free throws). You may also prefer to purchase a basketball rebounder from the Hoops U. Store. With one of these contraptions, you don’t have to worry about wasted time because free throws are being made.
Before the shooter even receives the basketball, the defenders should be communicating with each other. One player, such as X3 should state that he has the shooter. X2 should communicate that he is going to help X4 by pinching O4. I also recommend players understanding who is the best offensive rebounder. If O5 is better, he is the player that should be pinched.
As the shot is released, all defensive players should box out while the offensive players attempt to gain possession. If the offense gains the rebound, play it live until they score or the defense gets the ball.
Rotate as needed so players get an opportunity from various positions. You never know who will need to be in what position during the course of a game.
You don’t need to spend a lot of time practicing this drill. It is definitely helpful with young players and during early season practices with older players. It may also be helpful to come back to during the course of the season when and if your players tend to be giving up 2nd chance opportunities on free throws.