Rebounding is one of the most important skills a basketball player can possess. Dominate the defensive glass and you instantly lower your opponents field goal percentage and put your team in the best position to win the game. Be an offensive rebounding machine and it will give your opponents fits (while increasing your teams opportunities to score!).
Simply put, rebounding is essential.
The first step in becoming a great rebounder starts with desire. You have to WANT to rebound the ball and have a genuine sense of urgency in getting your hands on the ball at all costs (within the rules of the game, of course). Rebounds often go to the player who wants the ball more than anyone else. How hungry are you to rebound? How hard would you work for the ball if each and every rebound represented one step up your personal ladder of basketball success?
Every great team needs good rebounders and there is no reason you can’t be an exceptional rebounder at your position, no matter how tall you are. Charles Barkley and Dennis Rodman are two of the greatest rebounders of all time and yet stand just 6’4″ and 6’6″ tall. Both players regularly out-rebounded players 7 feet tall and above, throughout their careers, despite facing height disadvantages of at least 8 inches every game. Desire and technique can overcome even the tallest obstacles if you want it badly enough.
Once you commit to wanting to rebound the ball at all costs, the drills in this section will help you with technique and conditioning to provide you with the knowledge you need to become a dominant rebounder.
The rest is up to you…