Dominating the offensive glass requires an aggressive player who can
give much effort. Though there is technique involved, it is often
secondary to the effort level the player is willing to give.

Let’s say that you are the offensive player. You will find out that you
start out at a disadvantage. If the defender is playing a good defense,
he will be in advantageous position between you and the basket. Your
job is to counteract his advantage or eliminate it by struggling to go
in front of the defender.

Here is a comprehensive strategy that will help you steal the advantage from the defender:

  1. A Quick First Step. Initiate by making a quick step to get around the defender. Be sure that you do not give him time to cut or to block your move. Perform the move aggressively.

  2. Counter-moves. If the defender is able to cut your first move, continue securing the ball and keep moving. If you have the chance, make the move again in a different direction. If the attempt fails, do not give up. Make another move again and keep battling until the play is over.

  3. Effort, Aggressiveness and Focus. A good offensive rebounder is aggressive and able to give effort to go after the offensive glass. Make your effort, in every play, with power and aggressiveness for you to dominate the offensive glass. Focus yourself to the game play and keep a constant mindset to attack the board. It usually takes hard work and fierce determination to make everything happen.

Make the strategies mentioned above work in a team of players by performing a drill. Divide players up according to size and/or position. Each group of players should have an individual basket and a coach or manager. The drill starts off with everyone underneath the basket getting ready for good box out position. The coach or manager then shoots the ball. As the shot goes up, all other players should try to get the rebound. When a player grabs the rebound, all other players then become defenders and surrounds the rebounder.

The rebounder's job is to take the ball back up, under control and score. He should apply the strategies outlined above to make a successful offense. On the other hand, the defenders’ job is to distract and even foul the shooter so he cannot make a score.

Below are the additional drills you can use to edge your offensive rebounding skills:

  1. 3 versus 0 offensive rebounding:  Coach shoots from 10’ – 12’ and three players are aligned above free throw line extended in each 1/3 of the court. On the shot players find the best “slice of the pie.” In doing so, they use a tap and swim technique. Rebound the ball with two hands, two feet, two cheeks, and snap the ball to their chin when captured and finish with a power shot. On the made basket the players sprint back for transition defense.

  2. 3 versus 3 (with air dummies) offensive rebounding:  Same procedure as above but now the offensive player needs to fight pressure from the air dummy block out. The key coaching point we add is to make sure the players go to a gap, not a back. In this phase a team could also work on keeping the ball alive. If you can’t secure the rebound try to tap it out to keep the ball alive for your teammates.

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