Believe me, I know how it feels not to be able to get rebounds. You jump up, but there always seems to be someone that jumps higher than you to snatch that rebound over you. Very frustrating! Growing up, I was a skinny guard unable to jump. After extensive research, I found out that rebounding had very little to do with jumping. After you read this article, you will know the secrets of the greatest rebounders.
Being able to know where the ball will go before your competitors gives you very precious edge. You absolutely need to know where the ball is going next. Here are a few tips:
1. K.Y.P. (Know Your Players)
Try to notice the shooting patterns of each of your teammates to be able to predict the shooting trajectories. You need to know if they shoot:
- Flat and short = The ball will bounce of the front of the rim = Get in front of the rim but not too close
- Long and short = The ball will bounce off the back of the rim = Long rebound
- Side and long = The ball will bounce far to the other side
- Side and short = the ball will bounce close to the rim on the same side
From now on, pay attention to the way your teammates tend to shoot the ball. You also need to know your teammates. It’s a bit more difficult because you don’t get to play them often. You can watch tapes (if your coach has tapes), simply pay attention to the other team warm up. If you’re focused enough, you will be able to pick up their patterns during the game.
2. Box out
This tip should really be number one on my list. I promise you that if you get good at boxing out, you will be a great rebounder. Also you will be able to play longer in games because you’ll use less energy. Here’s how you do it:
When the ball goes up, run to the man you are guarding. Turn around, get low (in squat position), make aggressive contact with him, and push him out. If he tries to get around you, slide your feet as if you were playing defense backwards. You won’t even have to jump to get the rebound!
3. Snatch the ball hard
We’re not picking cherries here my friend. Snatch the ball with aggressiveness. Grab it with two hands very firmly. Once you have the ball, don’t bring it down low. Keep your elbows out, and pivot away from the defense aggressively.