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When you think about great rebounders in the game today the top players that probably come to mind are Kevin Love, Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard, and a few others. What makes these guys so good at rebounding the basketball? Size and athleticism can help in rebounding but there are lots of players that are 7 feet tall and others who can jump out of the gym that aren’t good rebounders. So if that is the case then what goes into being a great rebounder? This article is going to explain some of the ways that you can become a better rebounder or teach your players how to be better rebounders.

The first and most important thing that goes into being great at rebounding is the desire to rebound the ball. It doesn’t matter what you are capable of, if you aren’t willing to work to rebound and want it. Rebounding the ball is such a big part of the game. A defensive rebound ends the other teams possession and allows your team to go on offense. Also if you are able to throw a good outlet pass off of the rebound it can end up in an easy bucket for your team. An offensive rebound gives your team another possession and this means more chances for your team to score. Buy into the value of rebounding and pursue every rebound.

Technique is a big factor in being a great rebounder as well. Don’t try and just out jump or out tall everyone for the rebound. You see a lot of players doing this but against good players this will not always work. Every time the ball goes up, hit your man with a solid box out, and then go get the ball. If your man has inside position on you then try to ride him under the basket so that he doesn’t have a good angle to rebound the ball. alternately if your man is behind you then find him with your forearm, turn, put your butt on him, and keep your arms up and out. Stay low and strong on your box out and don’t let your man ride you under the basket. When you release to go grab the ball, try and grab it at its highest point, and then bring it down and chin it, be strong with the ball.

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Hi Coach,

Becoming competent at rebounding is vital to a teams ongoing success.

Being able to defensive rebound with a high consistency is non-negotiable.

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