Rebounding is another key aspect of basketball. A lot of coaches and players alike though don’t really understand or give good tips on how to properly become a glass eater. Rebounding is a critical component and often decides the outcome of ball games.
Usually the team that wins the rebound margin wins the game. There are exceptions to this, but a majority of the time you rebound you win. When we talked about shooting and how it is a lost art rebounding becomes even more important because of so many missed shots and low field goal percentage. At least 55 percent of the shots taken in a basketball game are usually misdirected, making it essential to pull in the rebounds. To improve your chances of becoming a good rebounder don’t get caught standing around and watching your teammates fight for possession under the basket. Get in there and scrap yourself.
These 10 tips on becoming a better rebounder will not only help you to grab more boards, but also how to do it with out getting in foul trouble. You want to be aggressive, but also smart at the same time. No team ever has enough top rebounders. They are invaluable. If you are lacking in other areas such as shooting or ball handling, rebounding is a skill anyone can improve at. It takes aggressiveness mixed with an unrelenting attitude that will not stop you until the ball is in your hands. You don’t have to be built like tarzan to pull in rebounds. Ruggedness comes in suprising packages. Dennis Rodman pound for pound is the greatest rebounder of all time. Six foot seven and often giving up half a foot. How bad do you want to rebound?
What It Takes to Become a Better Rebounder
You’ve noticed that some players get more than their share of rebounds. Frankly, it helps to have the height, weight and strength along with good leaping ability. Sure, the aggressive big man enjoys an advantage, but the smaller man can make his own advantages. He can grab a misdirected shot off the boards and turn it into a devastating fast break. This will obviously deny the other team second and third shots and often force the opposing coach to rethink his strategy. The smaller player may find the foul line area rewarding for the long and medium rebounds. Or he might be alert to tie up a big man who brings the ball down which is a critical error that even good rebounders often commit.
Play percentages in rebounding. Know your teammates shooting habits so you can gauge their shots. You can’t be timid under the boards, there you must be tough, aggressive and determined. Rebounding requires good position and good timing. Also the better jumping ability you have helps a good rebounder become better. Remember, every time you pull in the ball on the offensive boards, you give your team an extra shot which might be the difference in victory or defeat. These 10 tips are vital and the more you practice them and apply them to your game the results will come. Remember rebounding can be improved no matter your size or skill level if you have the right mindset and apply these tips
Ten Tips to Help You Take Your Rebounding to the Next Level
- Always seek inside position so you can block or check out your opponents. Deny him the ball. Boxing out is almost extinct and is a surefire way to infuriate your opponent.
- Don’t watch the ball in flight on a shot. It is more important to be on your way into position under the basket. Once you get position than concentrate on the ball.
- Good balance and strength will serve you well. You want to be low in some cases even squatting so you have more lift when jumping. In basketball the lower man is the quicker man. Standing straight up will get you no where.
- When you block out on rebounds, avoid moving too far under the goal. You can not allow your man to push you out of the play. Be more aggressive than him.
- Learn to use “spread eagle” coming off the board with the ball. Spread your elbows, using your body to ward off the opponents. The only way your man can get the ball from you than would be to foul.
- Practice tip ins, jumping and touching the rim for timing and finally practice by having another man work against you. Again timing is everything.
- When a shot goes up, step away from your man, as he starts toward the basket and step across in front of him. This will allow you the space too get into optimal position for the board.
- When you go up for the rebound, rise with both hands outstretched. If you can’t get the ball maybe you can deflect it or tip it to a teammate.
- Stay active. It sounds simple, but the truth is the more active player will end up with the rebound. A man who is stationary and unwilling to fight for the rebound has no chance of getting the board. The player who is always moving is the hardest to block out.
- Boxing out your man every time will make you a better rebounder and increase your team’s chances for possession. When boxing out get low and put your butt right on your defenders midsection with arms out to the side. By creating contact and not giving him an avenue to the basket you are taking away his chances significantly of grabbing the board. This ia also the most important aspect when your facing a player who can really jump. Putting a body on him will neutralize his jumping ability.
Forget politeness under the boards. That doesn’t mean playing dirty. It means be the aggressor because under the boards the passive player never succeeds. Control the rebounds and generally speaking you control the game. Whether your team likes to fast break off the rebound or walk it up the floor, it will usually win only if it claims more rebounds than the other team in most cases. Without toughness and a willing attitude to not be denied, you cannot become a better rebounder. Rebounding is such an important skill that teams at every level usually have a guy that starts that is only in the game for that particular purpose. This single attribute is one that every coach wants. There is nothing more frustrating than watching a team get second third and fourth chances on a single possession in a game. How bad do you want the ball. Remembering and applying these tips will help you become the rebounder that other coaches worry about.