How Do You Set Up an Offensive Rebounding System?

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series FAQs

Read & React offense can be very unpredictable.  In more traditional offenses, it may be easier to use develop an offensive rebounding scheme since players are in more predictable locations. We never know where our players are going to be in any offensive possession.  As a result, our offensive rebounding philosophy is based on our transition defensive scheme and not our offense at all.

Typically, we are in a 4 out 1 in alignment.  This puts our best rebounder around the basket most of the time. She might be playing out of the high post, but the players that play this position typically hit the glass hard for us. We designate two other players to crash the offensive glass, no matter what “spot” they are in.

We have one player whose responsibility is to pick up the ball as early as possible. This makes her another option for offensive rebounding although her main responsibility is to slow the advancement of the ball up the court. We think of her as half a rebounder since she can’t totally commit to the ball. The fifth player is sprinting back on defense as the first defender back.

We keep this consistent whether we’re playing man or zone.  We want to impact the ball early and often.  The idea is to two-fold.  We want to reduce our opponent’s fast break opportunities by forcing the ball handler to dribble the ball up the floor instead of pass it.  We also want to give our rebounders an extra second to get back on defense.

I’ve talked about how we struggle making shots.  This leaves a lot of rebounds up for grabs. Much of our offensive success is based on our players willingness to get second shots or second possessions based on their pursuit of the ball.  This is a credit to their competitive nature and athleticism.

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