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"FREE Basketball Rebounding Drills"

Basketball Rebounding Drill #1 - One-on-One Rebounding

Drill Purpose

This drill works great to improve players' footwork for blocking out and also teaches players to maintain contact while blocking out.

  1. Player 1 is facing Player 2 - About 2 to 3 feet of separation is appropriate.

  2. A Ball is placed about 5 to 10 feet behind player 1.

  3. On either the whistle or when you say go. Player 1 will try to keep player 2 from getting the ball for 3 seconds.

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Points of Emphasis

Continually tell your players to...

  • When blocking out, make sure player 1 takes his left foot and steps across his body to put it on the outside of player 2's foot. (Outside of Player 2's left foot)
  • Then player 1, does a drop-step with his right foot to maintain to create full contact while blocking out. (Player 1's right foot should be outside of Player 2's right foot)
  • Make sure the player stays low and wide. Player 1's feet should be wider apart than Player 2. He should stick both his elbows straight out (BUT DO NOT SWING ELBOWS). The arms stood stay in a stationary position.
  • Player 1 needs to slide his feet to maintain contact with Player 2.
Motivation / Teaching Tips

Tip #1 - If the defensive player does not keep the player away from the ball for 3 seconds, have the defensive player either do push-ups, sit-ups, or run.

Tip #2 - While doing this drill make sure that offensive player DOES NOT DIVE!!!!!! In my first year of coaching, I had a player lose his two front teeth diving after the ball. Players also landed on each other's heads, legs, arms, etc. That's how broken arms, fingers, and legs occur.

Basketball Rebounding Drill #2 - Two Man Boxout

Drill Purpose

This rebounding drill helps players improve both their blocking out away from the ball and blocking out on the shooter.


  1. Player 1 starts out on the dotted line inside the free-throw lane.

  2. Player 2 & 3 are positioned on opposite elbows.

  3. Player 4 is positioned at the top of the key.

  4. Player 4 has the ball and passes it to player 2 and player 2 shoots.

  5. Player 1 goes to the opposite elbow and boxes out Player 3. (Away from ball blockout)

  6. Player 1, then gets the rebound and passes it to Player 2 and Player 2 shoots.

  7. Player 1, then goes and boxes out the Shooter. (Shooter Blockout)

  8. Player 1 must get two consecutive rebounds before he is relieved from the position.

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Points of Emphasis

Continually tell your players to...

  • As said before, make sure the players get low and wide and maintain contact while blocking out the offensive player.

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