Playing inside means you're close to the basket, and it means
you'll be expected to rebound the basketball. Start off on one side
of the basket, about halfway to the free throw line. Toss the ball
off the backboard and explode up the the ball, snatching it out
of the air. Come down strong, on-balance, and turn to make an imaginary
outlet pass to your point guard.
Do this drill
10 times from each side of the basket. This drills works on your
jumping ability, stamina, and gets you in the habit of coming down
on-balance while quickly looking to make the outlet pass to start
the fast break.
Rebound and Put-Backs
As an offensive rebounder, a key focus area is going up strong
for the follow up shot once you've grabbed the rebound.
Start 4 or 5
feet out from the basket on the right side. Toss the ball against
the backboard and go up strong for the rebound. Keeping the ball
at chest level or above, go back up strong for the shot, banking
in the put-back shot. Do this 10 times from each side of the basket.
Next, do the
same drill, but after grabbing the rebound, give a quick pump fake
before going back up with the shot. Inside players are often anxious
to block shots, so giving the quick pump fake will often get a defender
off his feet or out of position so you can quickly go back up with
the put-back. Do the pump fake and put back shot 10 times from each
side of the basket.
As you progress through your career and get taller and stronger,
the tip-in shot will likely become a bigger part of your game.
There will be
times when it is better to tip the ball back into the basket than
it is to actually come down with the rebound and attempt a follow-up
shot. Tip in shots take lots of practice, and a fair amount of physical
skill. Practice this shot, but only attempt tip-in shots during
games when you are actually pretty good at doing them in practice
Start 4 or 5
feet out from the basket to one side and toss the ball up against
the backboard so it will bounce off the rim. As the ball is bouncing
off the rim, jump up and try to tip the ball in with your right
hand (from the right side). Do this 5 times. Then, switch to the
left hand side of the rim. Toss the ball up so that it bounces off
the rim, jump up and try to tip the ball in with your left hand.
You may want
to start off by trying to put the ball back into the rim with 2
hands at the same time. As you get better, you can actually try
one-handed tip-ins. The key is to time your jump properly, and use
your fingertips to guide the ball back into the rim. It takes lots
of practice. But in time, you should be able to utilize the tip
in on occasion. Remember though: rebounding the ball, coming down
with the ball, then going back up with a strong power move is often
a better shot than a tip-in (which can often be a lower percentage
This drill helps you work on your jumping ability, timing, and balance
as you come down with the boards.
Start on one
side of the basket, 2 or 3 feet out from the backboard. Toss the
ball up high against the backboard as if you were passing it to
someone who is standing on the opposite block. After you make the
pass, take a step or two (as necessary) towards the opposite block,
then explode up to grab the ball out of the air, as if you're grabbing
a rebound. Really explode up into the air and snatch the ball from
the sky. As you come down with the ball, be sure to come down on-balance,
and ready to go back up with the shot, keeping the ball in close
to your chest with both hands.
Now, throw the
ball back against the backboard, over towards the opposite block
and repeat the drill. But don't always throw the ball to the exact
same spot. The goal is to vary the direction and distance you throw
the ball slighly so that each time you explode up for the rebound,
you come down in a slightly different spot. This forces you to stay
on balance, and jump different distance and to different spots.
In this way, you more realistically simulate rebounding in a a game
situation where you're never quite sure exatly where the ball will
come off of the rim, or where exactly you're going to have to jump
to grab the ball. Make 10 tosses against the backboard (grabbing
10 simulated rebounds). Rest, and do another set of 10.
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