Drill: Back-to-Back Box-Outs

Back-to-Back Box-Outs is a great drill to help kids develop lower body strength and understand/improve proper rebounding techniques.

Coaches should encourage players to get low and use their feet while fighting for position. Coaches should also instruct players to not cross their feet while doing this drill. Check out the link below to see a video of the drill in action, courtesy of James Jones of Yale University.

DESCRIPTION · Divide players into pairs, ideally of equal size/height

· Players will stand back-to-back across centre court (each facing a baseline)

· Before starting, players should get low and wide (box-out position)

· On the whistle, players will try to push their partner away from the centre line

· Play for short timed rounds, then reset

· Switch partners regularly to keep things interesting and competitive

SKILL FOCUS Rebounding, Balance, Footwork
AGE (STAGE) 9-12 (Learn-to-Train)
VARIATION: Rather than timed, have players try to get their opponent back to a certain line

Have players use their shoulders only

Have a ball placed in between the two players (one on offence, one on defence). The offensive player must try to steal the ball while the defender tries to keep them away by boxing out

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