Rebounding The Ball

Every time someone takes a shot and misses the person you recovers the ball is awarded with a rebound. Rebounding is an important part of the game because it can set your team up for a second shot or eliminate an opportunity for the opposing team to take another shot. There are two kinds of rebounds offensive and defensive rebounds. An offensive rebound is a rebound made when your team misses and someone on your team recovers the ball. A defensive rebound is a rebound recovered by your team when the opponent team misses.


Some players in the game of basketball specialize in one thing like a great 3 point shooter, or a great defender and a rebounder. A rebounder job is to get rebounds for his team. He or She isn't necessarily the tallest person on the team or the person with the best jumping ability. Although it doesn't hurt if your tall and have superior jumping ability. But without the proper skills and techniques it wouldn't even matter. A shorter person with less talent could out rebound a taller person any day by following some fundamental rebounding rules.

There are four main aspects for good rebounding first anticipate that every shot is a missed shot, then start setting yourself up for good positioning, lastly you complement these skills with determination and assertiveness. A balanced combination of these four factors will drastically improve anyone's rebounding.

Here are a few tips the will help improve your rebounding skills. First rebounding requires a lot of determination and assertiveness to be good at. So a good rebounder is always motivated to work hard, hustle and fight for a rebound. A good rule of thumb in rebounding is that you should always assume that every shot is going to be a miss. This is important because you will always be trying to get in position to get the rebound.

Hustle, Hustle, Hustle

I keep mentioning positioning. The reason positioning is so important is because if you know where the ball is going to land you want to get there first right? But what if someone gets to the same spot at the same time? Well what happens is the person with the better position usually wins or you both start fighting for the rebound. So what you want to do is avoid having to fight for the ball be keeping your position and blocking everyone else from taking it.

The trick to keep people from getting the rebound once you think you know where it is going is to get in the proper rebounding stance. First, you want to lower your center of gravity, which makes you harder to push around. Then you want to spread you legs for more balance. Once you're in the right stance keep your arms wide and look for the nearest opponent and but your butt to their waist. Your arms should be used like open cars doors while your body follows the defender keeping the defender behind you, so that you can easily recover the rebound. This technique is known as the box-out, because you box your opponent out of the area he or she needs to recover the rebound.

Another thing to remember is that once you get a rebound be aware of defenders trying to get an easy steal from you when you least expect it. You should never dribble after a rebound. What you want to do is bring the ball down to your chest with your elbows out. This helps protect the ball and if anyone gets to close to you they might get hit with an accidental elbow and that'll teach them not to get to close ever again. You can also back the opponent off of you by giving him or her, a bump with your butt.

The last major thing you can do to get more rebounds is to learn when to tip the ball. There is going to be many times that you won't be able to get to the ball on time and get both hands on the ball and secure it. A cool tip is to tip the ball to a teammate, tip the ball towards your way or tip the ball several times until hopefully you end up with it. Tipping the ball can be very helpful and sometimes necessary in certain situations, so don't be afraid to use it.