Boxing Out

Hi, in this video were going to look at a
fundamental skill called boxing out. By boxing out you make it harder
for your opponent and easier for you to get rebounds. Coaches often teach boxing out
as a defensive skill but you can and should execute
this skill on offense as well. It’s usually easier for a defender to
box out because the defender is usually closer to the basket
than the offensive player. We’ll look at the skill from the
point of view of an individual player but to be truly effective everyone
on the team needs to be boxing out. Add that to the fact that the
offensive team should also be boxing out and it means that when a shot
goes up everyone on the floor should be trying to box someone out. Unfortunately, just the opposite
happens most of the time. No one boxes out. Players crowd around the
basket with their arms raised hoping the ball will come to them. It reminds me of that
moment in a wedding when the bride tosses her bouquet
to all of her unmarried friends. These girls look like they’re waiting for
a bouquet to fall into their hands. Now that I think of it,
wouldn’t it be great to see the participants at
a wedding reception boxing out and catching the bouquet? Now that would be fun. Let’s take a look at the steps
necessary to box out your opponent whether on a basketball court
or at a wedding reception. Begin by closing the distance
to your opponent and face them. Move to about an arm’s length
from your opponent. If you’re already guarding them closely
then you’ve already closed the distance. Next place your right hand on
your opponent’s right hip and step through the space
between you with your right foot. Be sure to plant your right
foot wide of their right foot. Now swing your left foot
around in a reverse pivot, keeping your right hand on their hip. Be sure to plant your left foot
wide of their left foot. You should have a very
wide stance at this point and your back should be almost up
against the front of your opponent. You can let go of
their hip at this point but keep your hands
and arms behind you for now. The last step is simply to sit. Because you’re already
in contact with your opponent, the act of sitting will cause your
butt to collide with them and drive them further backward. You should now be positioned
in a modified athletic stance. Modified because your
feet are much wider apart and your hands are behind you. Your head is up and looking
to the basket for the rebound. Keep your body in contact
with your opponent. You can even push backward and move your opponent
further from the basket. Moving your opponent is not
strictly allowed by the rules but no referee will object as long
as you limit the movement to a few feet. You can push harder when
you’re close to the basket. This is just considered normal,
competitive basketball. Use your hands to pat
your opponent’s hips to keep track of where they are. But don’t hold your opponent and don’t extend your arms
to hold them back. Instead shuffle your feet
from side to side as they move from side to side
in an attempt to get around you. By keeping your feet wide
you force your opponent to work very hard to get around you. Because you’re in a crouch
you can quickly jump to rebound the ball if it
comes in your direction. Throw your arms forward to give
you extra upward momentum. Being in a crouch also gives you
greater leverage over your opponent and makes it easier for you
to maintain your position as your opponent tries
to push you forward. Any good sumo wrestler will tell you that the lower you are
the more powerful you are. By the way, there’s nothing magical
about beginning the move by stepping through
with your right foot and swinging your left foot around. If it’s more natural for you
to start by stepping through with your left foot go ahead. The choice of foot doesn’t matter. What matters is that you practice
the move over and over until you can do it without thinking. It’s key that you close the
distance before you turn. If you turn too soon you will fail to make contact
with your opponent and it will be easy for them to get around you and
take the rebound themselves. Finally remember that
boxing out is a team skill. Everyone should box out
someone on the opposing team each time a shot goes up. It can help to yell “shot”
so that everyone on your team knows to box out. Boxing out needs to be
a habit for your team. Always find someone to box out. It’s better for two people to
box out the same opponent than to just and around and watch.

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