Game: 1v1 to Numbers Rebounding

Coaching rebounding presents an interesting challenge of “balance”. On the one hand, rebounding is a crucial skill for elite players to develop and master – a crucial rebound has as much potential to swing a game as a crucial shot.

But on the other hand, rebounding really isn’t a priority skill for a young players’ development – it is MUCH more important to develop skills such as dribbling, passing, and shooting.

This is the balance. How to coach (and develop) rebounding skills without limiting the development of other (more important) skills.

And so there are a couple of guidelines we try to follow with rebounding drills. First, make sure it is FUN (this goes for all drills and games). Second, include a competitive element (i.e. keep track of points) to ensure kids are motivated to work hard. Third, include other skill elements in the drill, such as defense or fundamental movements, to ensure a well-rounded activity.

Take a look at a great rebounding in the video below, presented by Brian Wardle. This is a great drill for more advanced players, with some helpful rebounding tips discussed at the outset.

1v1 to Numbers Rebounding

DESCRIPTION Start with 2 teams of 3 players each; offense spaces out around the arch, while defense lines up in the key. Number players on each team (1-2-3). Coach starts with the ball as the passer. The coach calls a number, and makes a pass to the offense – the defensive player called closes out to play 1-on-1 against the ball. Rules for 1-on-1 are i) 2-3 dribbles max, and ii) no passes. On the shot, all players (both teams) compete for the rebound. Teams score 1 point for a defensive rebound, and 2 points for an offensive rebound (no points for scored baskets). Switch offense-defense and continue.
SKILL FOCUS Rebounding, Boxing Out, Closing Out
AGE (STAGE) 10+ (Learn-to-Train)
PLAYERS 6+ (per group)
EQUIPMENT 1 basketball (per group)
Incorporate defensive principles to add another element. Defensive concepts may include weak-side help positioning, denying 1-pass away, or forcing the ball-handler to one side. Emphasis defensive principles by awarding 1 point for a missed shot.

We love rebounding drills and games that emphasize the competition. What rebounding activities do you use with your players? Let us know in the comments below!

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