In today’s blog post, we are featuring a killer rebounding drill from Rock Bridge High School Championship Coach Jill Nagel! If you’d like more drills for rebounding and inside scoring, make sure to check out the Post Skill Development.

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48 Rebounding Drill

Requirements: one basket, one basketball, 12 players, manager/coach

– This rebounding drill requires 2 teams.

– Drill requires 6 players from each team (designated here as Team A and Team B), thus a total of at least 12 players is required.

– Extra players occupy end line and rotate in after 30 second segments.

– Use only one basket for this drill.

– To begin, 4 players from each team occupy a spot on the 3 pt line evenly spaced – they are stationary when occupying a spot on the 3 pt line.

– Two players from each team will be the rebounders and start inside the lane.

– Thus, each team has 2 players inside the lane and four players at 3 pt to begin the drill.

  • 30 seconds is put on the scoreboard and the time starts when the ball hits the rim that a coach/manager has lobbed to the rim.
  • Offense/defense is determined by the player starting inside the lane who secures the rebound first. No player on the 3 pt line can secure the rebound. The rebounder passes to one of their four teammates occupying a spot around the 3 pt line. Let’s assume player A5 secured the initial rebound and passes out to teammate A4. A4 looks to pass to A5 or A6 – in round 1 only A5 or A6 can score. A5 and A6 can set picks for each other but cannot dribble. Made basket by A5 or A6 is worth one point. A missed basket is a live rebound – either team (A5/6 or B5/6) can rebound a make or miss. After 30 seconds, players rotate to occupy a new spot.
  • Round 1 continues until each player has played inside the lane once. Points in round 1 can only be scored by one of the four players starting inside the lane (players A5, A6, B5 and B6 in the diagram above). Points in this round are one point each. Players starting inside the lane are NEVER allowed to dribble. If they do this is a turnover and possession must be relinquished to the other team.
  • Once each player has played inside the lane once, round 2 begins. Points in round 2 can only be scored by the players occupying spots around the 3 pt line (players A1-A4 and B1-B4 in the diagram above). Points in this round are two points each. Players starting in the lane in round 2 are still the only players that can rebound the basketball. They pass out to teammates on the 3 pt line for shot attempts. On a made basket, that player cannot attempt another shot until at least one teammate has an attempt in between. For example, let’s assume A6 rebounded the ball and passed out to A3 for a shot attempt. A3 makes the basket. A3 cannot attempt another shot in the 30 second period until either teammate A1, A2 or A4 has an attempt. No “defender” can attempt to alter a 3 pt shooters shot attempt.
  • Round 2 concludes when each player has played in the lane at least once.

Key points

This is a toughness and rebounding drill. However, without proper oversight, it can quickly become a foul fest. We do not call fouls unless players become flagrant. It is meant to be a toughness drill fighting for rebounding position, immediate post up position and hustling to secure ball possession. In the process, ensure players do not turn the drill into undesired play.

This is a spirited drill. We usually build it into our practices but can also be done impromptu if a coach feels the team needs new life in practice – this drill raises the level of play in your practice.

The losing team has a “penalty” of the coach’s discretion – push-ups, wall sits, sprints, etc to ensure players are actively engaged.

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Jill Nagel just completed her seventh year at the helm of Rock Bridge. In the past five years, the Bruins have won four district championships, two state championships and have won 21 or more games each year. Her overall record at Rock Bridge is 166-31 (.843). She has been named District Coach of the Year five times and twice been named State Coach of the Year. While at Rock Bridge she has coached multiple All-State players and a state Gatorade Player of the Year. The 2008 squad finished the year ranked #19 in the final USA Today national poll and the 2012 team finished #41 in the ESPN/PowerAde Fab50 rankings.

Prior to taking the head job at Rock Bridge, Nagel was an Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator for Central Michigan University from 2001-04. She served one year (2000-01) as a Graduate Assistant Coach/ Recruiting Coordinator for The University of Findlay. From 1998-2000 she was an assistant coach at her alma mater, William Jewell College. Nagel graduated from the prestigious liberal arts school in 1998 with a B.A. in Biology and earned her M.B.A from The University of Findlay in 2001. She was a two year starter for the Cardinals and was named All-Conference her senior year.

Coaching Philosophy

Coach Nagel believes in teaching life lessons through basketball. She is also a firm believer in John Maxwell’s quote, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Thus, her and her staff work to develop empowering young women who provide a positive contribution within their community. With regards to “X’s and O’s” the Bruins are known for their stifling defense. Over the past four years, the Bruins’ have held their opponents to 37.7 points and limited them to 33% shooting from the field. Her teams employ multiple defensive schemes – changing looks on each made field goal, free throw and dead ball throw-in. The changing defenses, physical rebounding and relentless hustle for the ball are the foundation of her teams.