Basketball Rebounding Drill: Close Out Box Out

Drill Purpose (All Ages)

This drill provides a competitive situation for practicing boxing out. This drill emphasizes principles of closing on a shooter and maintaining a box out for the defensive players, and it teaches offensive players to follow their shots. It will give players practice in sustaining the intensity required to box out and to beat a box out.


  1. Position five offensive players just outside the three-point line as shown. Five defenders match up and assume position at the edges of the key as shown. Place a ball on the ground just in front of the hoop.
  2. On the coach's first whistle, defensive players sprint to close out on the offensive players. The last three or four steps should be wide and choppy with the body leaning slightly back and arms raised to shoulder height.
  3. One the coach's second whistle, all five offensive players "shoot" a jump shot (none of them will have a ball). Defenders contest the shots by shouting "shot" and by moving close to the shooters with arms fully extended straight up and keeping their feet on the ground.
  4. As the shooters come down, the defenders turn and box out. The offensive players try to get to the ball near the hoop, and the drill remains live until one does get to the ball. The coach times this starting on the second whistle and ending when an offensive player gets to the ball.
  5. The coach blows a third whistle to signal that the repetition is over.



Points of Emphasis

  • Defensive players finish the close out with a low and wide center of gravity.
  • Defensive players establish contact on the shooters without low-bridging.
  • Holding, tripping, and/or any other illegal techniques should be pointed out and penalized.

Motivation / Teaching Tip

  • Coaches can attach some incentives for the team that gets the best time in keeping the offensive players from reaching the ball.




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