Rebounding and boxing out are not synonymous. Rebounding is merely the last step of the boxing out process. While you can rely on athleticism and strength to grab rebounds, boxing out takes discipline and great awareness. Here are the five steps to boxing out that should help you and your team become better defensive rebounders:
1. Find your man- A big problem I see with basketball at all levels is that players ball watch when the shot goes up. As soon as the shot goes up, no matter where your man is, find him or her.
2. Make contact- Once you find your man, you need to make contact using an arm bar. Unless your man is outside the three point line, and is not making an attempt for the offensive rebound, you need to use your extended forearm to make initial contact. Sometimes this is enough to dissuade your man from going for the offensive rebound.
3. Turn and drive- After you make initial contact, step and turn into your man. It is important you have a low and wide base when you turn, that you are balanced and not falling back, and that you have your hands up. After turning into your man, drive him or her out using a low, wide base. This means using your legs and your butt to push him or her away from the basket.
4. Release- After you have boxed your man out to a point where he or she doesn’t have a chance at getting the rebound, release the contact.
5. Grab the rebound- Finally, go get the rebound. You should be in perfect position to grab the rebound.
There will be times throughout the game where you might need to skip steps or your man gets inside position on you. That is for another post. These five points should at least give you a guideline of what it takes to properly box out your defensive assignment. Remember boxing out doesn’t always mean you will get the rebound but it ensures your man won’t get the rebound, and that is just as important.
Did I miss anything? Let me know what you think is important for boxing out and rebounding.