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5 Keys to Perfect Rebounding

Jun 21, 2008
Rebounding is an important aspect of basketball. During every game there are multiple times for rebounding and there has to be a player always there to get the rebound. Nobody can really know who the rebound may fall to, so it is important that every player on the court knows how to rebound.

Players should practice their rebounding skills at every practice so that it is a skill that is quickly mastered. Rebounding is one of the fundamental skills in basketball so it is something to be learned during the first couple of years of playing the sport if a player is really serious about the game.

The following are the five keys to a perfect rebound. Players should understand each key point. They will allow a player to be able to get the most out of a rebound.

Key 1: Get low - You have to get low because rebounding requires jumping up to get the ball. You want your center of gravity low so you can ward off opposing players more easily as well.

Key 2: Box out - You need to be in good position with your body between the basket and the opposing player that is blocking you. You want your eye on the basket. Be ready to grab that ball.

Key 3: Get good positioning - Rebounding is all about being in the right position. You want to be right where the ball is and in a position to defend yourself against opposing players. You also need to focus on where you will go once you get the ball or where you will throw the ball once you get it.

Key 4: Know where it will go - The ball can go anywhere once it comes down and you have to know where it is going. Anticipating where the ball will go is a skill that you must learn. It will take time and plenty of attention to learn how to anticipate the ball's direction coming off the basket. Make sure that you are there, wherever it is going.

Key 5: Keep your hands up - When you are rebounding the ball you have to be ready. Being ready involves having your arms up. Keep your arms up and ready to get that ball. This is really important, especially if the player defending you is taller. You want to grab the ball before someone else does. If your arms are not up then you may lose the ball. You only have a split second to react, so always be ready.

These five key points will help you to be a better rebounder. You will gain a lot in your rebounding skills if you can just focus on these five tips. They may seem like simple things to know, but many times when lost in the moment you can forget the simple things. That is why practicing them over and over works to make them automatic. If you just work hard and practice your rebounding then you will quickly see an improvement in your reaction time and overall rebounding skills.
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If you ever want to play in the NBA Finals, you better start working on your game. Get outside and shoot buckets on a park hoop if nothing else. Even better yet, make it a point to spend a couple hours with your ball and hoop or goal everyday. If you have access to a portable indoor goal system that is even better.
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