Listed below are 3 different tactics to help your team to slow down your opponent when they get a defensive rebound.
1. Mirror the ball on the rebounder. Teach your players that if they are nearest the opponent who gets a defensive rebound that they must mirror the ball. This will slow down the outlet pass to a guard. Every additional second you force the rebounder to wait to make an outlet pass is giving your teammates a chance to get back and get set in your half court defense.
- This can be practiced in all of your rebounding drills and scrimmage situations in practice. If you are executing a defensive rebounding drill - add the outlet pass as part of the drill to give your players practice at mirroring the rebounder.
3. Anticipate the outlet and pick up the ball handler in the backcourt. Once the defensive rebound is secured your players will be sprinting back on defense. One thing you can do is designate a player to stay in the back court to defend the ball. This will keep the ball handler occupied and more concerned about taking care of the ball instead of advancing it at a faster pace. And while this is happening the rest of your team is getting back and set into the half court defense. A variation would be to designate two players on your team to stay in the back court, and the defender nearest the ball will guard ball while the other will then get back on defense. This will allow you to cover more of the back court until the ball is being guarded.