Closeout Slide Basketball Rebounding Drill

Closeout Slide Basketball Rebounding Drill


This basketball drill will incorporate 3 specific movements that a player will use throughout the course of a game. It will work on the closeout motion, the defensive slide motion, and rebounding the basketball. All three of these movements are very important for a basketball player to learn and master. When doing the drill, you want to be as efficient as possible with the movements and be as explosive as possible.

This rebounding basketball drill is also great for groups of players as well. So it is ideal to use in practice or basketball training when you have a larger number of players. It is important, though, that the player really locks in on their footwork and do not allow their technique to get sloppy as they begin to get tired. Don’t allow bad habits to creep in.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Closeout Slide Basketball Rebounding Drill

Equipment Needed: 2 cones, a basketball, and a partner.


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Goals of the Drill


Coaching Points

  • Make sure that your footwork is correct and that you are as efficient as you can with your footwork.
  • Push yourself to go as fast as you can, but make sure you keep good form for every movement.
  • Stay low and athletic during the drill.
  • You can set up the cone on either wing to start, but make sure that you do half one way and half the other so that you can work on sliding both directions.

Basketball Drill Instructions

  • Place a cone on the wing out by the 3 point line and one at the top of the key.
  • The player will start on the block (same side as the cone), and the partner will start with the ball by the basket.
  • When the drill starts, the player will close out to the cone on the wing, slide to the top of the key to the second cone, and then turn to box out.
  • At this point, the partner will toss the basketball up off the rim, and the player must get an offensive tip back dunk or finish.
  • This completes one repetition.


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