Crash The Boards

Determine if you want to send four, three or two players to the offensive glass then show players how this affects transition defense

WHY USE IT
Establish the best offensive rebounding plan for the makeup on your team rather than simply allowing players to crash the boards or drop back as they see fit.

SET UP
Have two players near opposite blocks, one at an elbow and two spaced on the wings.

HOW TO PLAY
The first diagram shows how a team goes after offensive rebounds with four players. The two post players go to the glass and the elbow player drops low forming the rebounding triangle around the hoop. A wing relocates to the free-throw line for any tipped balls [1]. A team sending three rebounders has the same rebounding triangle formed as the previous diagram but both wings retreat in this instance [2]. Some teams may opt to only send two players to the offensive glass. The elbow player in this case relocates to the free-throw line for tips [3].

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TECHNIQUE
Guelsdorf’s teams press and take chances, so they send four. It’s risky as a quick outlet creates an easy layup at the other end. More conservative coaches only want to send three or just two players to the glass so defensive transition is easier.