On jumping, rebounding and the importance of communication in basketball

🕓 Aug 9, 2019 · ☕2 min read


A basketball player has to jump a lot: at a jump ball to win, or to block a shot. Jumping is also an important part of the indispensable rebound - when players are trying to get the ball’ - after an unsuccessful shot attempt.


The match starts with a jump ball. The referee throws the ball up and a player from each side tries to hit the ball and pass it to a team-mate.


This is one of the few things that defenders and attackers both should be possible. In the case of a rebound, jump up to grab the ball that bounces away from the board or ring. But before you jump, you must be able to expect a rebound through experience and insight and know where the ball will end up can come. The players must then choose a good position before the opponent can do so. After a successful rebound the player has to decide what to do next. A defender can get rid of the ball with a safe pass to the side. This is called an out/et pass. An attacker can fake and re-shoot or quickly pass to a team-mate in a good shooting position.


Up to now, individual skills and actions of two or three teammates have mainly been dealt with. But there are also tactics for (almost) the entire team on the field, both in attack and defence.


In order to be able to play well together, all players need to practice a lot, so that they know exactly what their role is. Communication with teammates is very important in basketball. Keep your head up and your ears open. An unexpected instruction such as a shout or hand gesture from a team-mate can determine whether or not team play is successful.


Defending is about forcing a team to make a weak pass, lose a ball or shoot in a hurry. But it can also mean putting the attackers out of their back court or shooting on time. A full court press is an aggressive interplay in which defenders perform man coverage in the back court of the opponent. The aim is to prevent them from playing the ball out of that area within the eight-second limit. This is sometimes also used when the defenders are behind and playing time is almost over 

Clara R. Stam
Clara R. Stam
Basketball fanatic and experienced youth basketball coach