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Basketball Rebounding Tips to have you
"Crashing the Boards"!

Dennis Rodman and Charles Barkley: two of the shortest power forwards of their time. Each could rebound like none other, though.

How did they do it? These basketball rebounding tips offer a glimpse into their skills, but first...

Why is rebounding an important aspect of your game?

Basketball rebounding is done on both sides of the ball: you rebound on defense to limit the other team's opportunities and their scoring. You rebound on offense to maximize your team's opportunities and score. On top of that, often times rebounding can be the difference in the game.

What this means for you as an individual player:
Because of this, coaches love to give playing time to the best rebounder on their team (think Dennis Rodman and Ben Wallace in their prime).

Also, if you're ripping down a lot of offensive rebounds, your scoring average is likely to go up as well. Many offensive boards occur near the basket, which can lead to high percentage put-backs for you that may even be undefended.

Being a good rebounder also leads to a lot of respect on the basketball court from both your teammates and your opponents. And, if you're outrebounding people taller and bigger than you, it really gets into their heads.

Finally, it helps to win championships! Pat Summitt has 8 National Titles to her name, and her thoughts on how is...that

"Offense sells tickets, defense wins games, rebounding wins championships."

Now that you know "why," here come the basketball rebounding tips promised:

Basketball Rebounding Tips Overview

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  • Assume EVERY shot is a miss
  • Confidence
  • Desire
  • Positioning
  • Core Strength
  • First and Second Leap Ability
  • Be Strong with the Rebound

Assume that EVERY shot is a miss
Even the best shooters in the NBA aren't going to make every shot. The first of the basketball rebounding tips is to NEVER assume that a shot is going in the basket until it actually goes through the net. Assume that every shot is going to be a miss and get ready to get the rebound. Hopefully it doesn't sound like a contradiction to the next tip, though:

If you've been exploring this site, you may be getting tired of hearing it, but almost everything starts with one concept: Be Confident

You have to be confident that YOU are going to be the one to get the rebound. You build up that confidence by working on your rebounding skills and taking the advice from these basketball rebounding tips. Confidence is the first concept (as usual), which will help with the next one:

How did Dennis Rodman outrebound everyone that was a half a foot taller than him? Don't get me wrong, his athletic ability and technique helped, but he simply had more desire than his opponents to get the rebound.

"I'm hungrier than those other guys out there.
Every rebound is a personal challenge."

-Dennis Rodman, Basketball Rebounding King

Desire is another one of my basketball rebounding tips for you: You have to have the Desire to get the rebound. Go after the ball like it's priceless, because it is! As described above it maximizes your opportunities and minimizes the opponents.' Treat the ball like it's something coveted in your life and then go after it!


All of these basketball rebounding tips are important, but one of the most important is positioning. Positioning can be broken down even further, as there are a few different aspects to it...

Block Out!
This is one of the basketball rebounding tips that everyone knows, but I'll also help you to become more effective at it.

Of course the first portion of positioning is blocking out. This always applies for defensive rebounding, but it can also apply to offensive rebounding as well.

When on defense, block out no matter what. This means if your man is already running to the other end of the court, find someone else to block out, or go help a teammate block out his/her man. When playing a zone defense, find the person closest to you and block them out.

On offense, you may or may not need to block out. If you're able to get in front of the person trying to block you out early enough, then you can flip it and block them out instead. This time when you get the rebound, though, you'll be able to go right back up with an easy shot! You can also block out if you get to the spot on the floor you think the rebound is going to go and there is a defensive player there (even if they are blocking out your teammate).

I indicated I would have advice on how to be more effective at blocking out as well. The first piece of advice I can give you is to get low. There are two reasons for this:

  1. You will have a lower center of gravity and be harder to push around. This way you can keep yourself between your man and the basket so you have a better chance for the rebound.
  2. You will be able to jump higher faster. This is because you won't have to waste time lowering yourself, and can spring up right away.
You should also work on your core strength. All of your strength begins at the core and radiates out. When your core is stronger, then you'll also be harder to push around.

Refs aren't going to be able to see all of the cheap shots taken on you, and a lot of times that is being pushed in the back. With your stronger core, the pushes in the back won't affect you as much.

If you've been playing for any time, then you understand how rough it can be anywhere near a rebound as well. Having a strong core can help you be aggressive and go after the ball with conviction.

Shooters and their defenders will a lot of times shout out if the shot is long or short. If the shot is long then try to get to the opposite side of the rim. Likewise, if the shot is short then you'll want to try to get to the front of the rim on the shooter's side.

This leads into the next of the basketball rebounding tips for positioning...

Predict where the rebound is going.
In general, longer shots mean longer rebounds and shots from closer in mean shorter rebounds. However, if someone has no arc on their shot and is a little "strong" with it, then don't expect it to be a shorter rebound.

Also, the rebound is more likely to go to the opposite side of the rim that the ball is shot from.

If you're on defense, you may not have as much of a choice as to where you're going to be on the floor to get to the spot you think the rebound may come off at. Remember, your first duty as a defensive rebounder is to prevent the other team from getting an offensive rebound, so NEVER leave your man; always be blocking someone out!

It would be good to have an idea where the ball may be rebounding to, though, because they will be trying to get there to. It's your job to prevent him from getting there!

On offense, however, you can control where you want to go. It's the defenses job to prevent you from getting there. This makes your job easier because you're not trying to prevent anything.
Getting a rebound can be related to getting open without the ball. You have to keep moving and trying to keep the defense from cutting you off.

Because of this, you can use similar moves such as making a fake to go left when you actually want to go right to get the rebound. Whatever moves you may use to get open, you can also use to break free from the person trying to block you out (spin moves, etc.)

First and Second Leap Ability

The first leap ability is, of course, your vertical. If you're able to jump higher, then it does greatly improve your chances of getting a rebound because you may be able to out jump someone for the ball.

If you've followed the above basketball rebounding tips, though, you may not have to because you've already greatly improved your chances for getting the rebound; even if you can't jump as high as your opponents.

Your second leap ability (how fast and high you can jump after your initial leap) is possibly even more important to rebounding than your first leap. This is because a lot of times you may not be able to get the rebound on your first jump. But...if you can get your hands on the ball, then you can get the rebound...

"The one thing I do that nobody else does
is jump three and four times for one rebound."

-Dennis Rodman, Former NBA Rebound Champion

It is with that in mind that the next of the basketball rebounding tips I can give you is to tip the ball to yourself until you can get complete control over it.

This is why second leap ability is so important when it comes to basketball rebounding. You may have to tip the ball to yourself several times to "clear" it for yourself, which may require several jumps.

Use these plyometric boxes and some jumpsoles from to improve your vertical (first) and second leap ability. Both will help you get more rebounds! Also, check out the basketball rebounding drills to improve your second leap ability.

Be Strong with your Rebound

The last of my basketball rebounding tips: When you are able to completely control the ball, "slap" it together with both of your hands and squeeze it tightly. You'll also want to put both of your elbows out to help protect the ball. Opponents will be trying to slap or poke the ball away from you from pretty much all angles.

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Rebounding Drills.
These rebounding drills will help improve your stats (and teams' chances of winning).

Basketball Scoring Tips
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Increase Your Vertical
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