How To Rebound The Basketball
Do you enjoy playing hoops but need to know how to rebound the basketball? Rebounding the basketball is a crucial part of the game. Whether on offense or defense, a rebound can turn into points for the team. The most important thing to realize about rebounding is that it is all about getting position.
- Rebounding starts when someone shoots the ball. As the ball goes up into the air, there is a chance it won't go in. This provides an opportunity for everyone on the court to get possession of the ball for their team. If you are on offense and a teammate misses, you have an opportunity to get the ball off the miss and put it right back up for a quick two points. If you are on defense, a rebound means taking the ball away from the other team and moving it back to your end of the court.
- Get position as soon as the ball is shot. Get between players on the other team and the backboard. You want to be looking up and have the first opportunity to rebound if the shot misses. Don't stand directly under the backboard. The ball has more of a chance to hit the backboard or rim and bounce out, away from the basket. Even you think the ball is going in, turn and face the basket.
- Box out your opponent. No, it doesn't involve any punching or hitting, at least not intentionally. After establishing position between your opponent and the backboard, take up that space with your feet more than shoulder-width apart and your arms stretched out on either side, reaching up towards the basket. Begin to back up into the player behind you and plan on making some form of contact. Your goal is to create a space for yourself that is strong and would force your opponent to go over your back to get the basketball.
- Jump up to rebound the ball. Don't stand there expecting the ball to fall into your hands. This is very unlikely. Instead, try to time your jump to catch the ball while it is still in the air. In organized basketball, even if an opponent jumps higher than you, if you are jumping and he has to reach over you to get the basketball, he may be called for an over-the-back foul. While this doesn't give your team two points, it does give you possession of the ball and, depending on the circumstances, the chance to shoot free throws. Rebounding the basketball can win games.