Great rebounders in basketball are also great at anticipation. They can quickly realize if a shot will be short, long, left, or right. From here, they can position themselves to have the best chance of getting the board. Doing this has a lot to do with instinct, but it also can be developed through practice. The anticipation rebounding drill is going to work on being able to locate a miss quickly and then track down the ball.
This basketball team drill is going to be a combination of working on shooting as well as rebounding. One player will get to work on their shot, while the other player can work on anticipation and tracking down missed shots. It is a great basketball drill for maximizing time and allowing both players to work on a specific skill at the same time.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Anticipation Basketball Rebounding Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and 2 players.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on anticipating where misses are going and then rebounding them.
- Adjust your position according to where the shooter is shooting from.
- Get up and grab the basketball at your highest point; don’t wait for the ball to come down to you.
- Keep the basketball high after the rebound, don’t bring it down where guards would have access to it in a game.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- One player will be out at the 3 point line (anywhere they want), and one player will be in the paint with the ball.
- When the drill starts, the player with the ball will pass it out to the shooter for a catch and shoot shot.
- As soon as the shot goes up, the player in the paint must get into box out position, locate the ball, and anticipate where it will bounce off the rim (if it is a miss).
- If the shooter misses, the rebounder must jump to get the ball, keep it high, and then finish.
- Once they finish the putback, they will kick the ball back out to the shooter, who will have relocated to a different spot for their next shot.
- If the shooter makes the shot, the rebounder will grab the ball out of the basket and pass it back out.
- Continue this pattern for a minute.