Basketball: Rebounders Should Make a Quarter-Turn in the Air

Basketball: Rebounders Should Make a Quarter-Turn in the Air

Dick Moss, Editor, PE

Here's a basic technique that's often neglected when practicing defensive rebounds.

Remind your rebounders to make a quarter-turn in the air as they come down with the ball. This will leave them facing the nearest sideline so they can clear the ball quickly and effectively.

If your players don't turn in the air before landing, they'll land with their back towards the offensive end of the court.

They'll have to turn their head to see a teammate, and they'll be forced to make at least two more movements to get the ball out to the sidelines and down the floor.    

1. National Basketball Coaches Association, Giorgio Gandolfi, Editor, NBA Coaches Playbook: Techniques, Tactics and Teaching Points, Human Kinetics Publishers, 2008.
2. George Raveling, “Anatomy of a rebound..” Coaching Basketball—The Official Centennial Volume of the National Assn of Basketball Coaches, Edited by Jerry Krause, Masters Press, 1991.

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