Which situation is more difficult to block out for a defensive rebound?
1 - You’re two feet from an offensive player who has little to no momentum going towards the basket.
2 - You’re five to ten feet away from somebody who is running towards the basket.
For me, it’s situation two. I believe it’s much more difficult to effectively block out a moving target with speed and momentum on their side.
So we try to use speed and momentum to our advantage for offensive rebounding with our 5-out offense. You could also try this strategy with a 4-out offense.
It’s much harder to block out three or four players crashing the boards from the perimeter. The key word is crashing. You need to go after every rebound with hustle and tenacity.
I also believe that this is a great strategy for teams who are small and quick.
However, you definitely need to evaluate your team. If you have a few big players who are slow-footed, it might be wise to keep them close to the basket.
The rule to enforce aggressive offensive rebounders
When coached properly, you will get more offensive rebounds. However, if you don’t emphasize it, your offensive rebounding will suffer.
This simple rule works well for me...
If you don’t sprint to the boards on every shot, you sit on the bench.
You can also designate a safety for transition defense purposes. Some coaches use the weakest offensive rebounder. Some coaches always send the top guy back.
If you’re really concerned about the fast break, you might send two guys back.
Personally, I prefer to keep the pressure on our opponents with persistent offensive rebounding. So I send 4 guys every time.
We hope this tip helps you improve your offensive rebounding and scoring for next season