“Rebounding wins championships, you need to emphasize it and work with kids on it.” - Coach Pat Summitt
In basketball, players need to understand that rebounding limits the amount of opportunities an opponent has to score. They must also understand that it increases the amount of opportunities they have to score.
There are few players who will truly enjoy rebounding. It is hard work, it is very physical, and there is not a lot of attention and glory that goes towards rebounding. When a high school player scores 1,000 points the game is stopped and celebrated. The game is not stopped to acknowledge the most rebounds grabbed in a career. Some high schools do not even record that as a statistic.
It is hard to motivate players to become passionate about rebounding, but if they understand how important it is to the game they may be more motivated.
Hoop Tactics wrote a great article about rebounding. In it they explain the four things offensive and defensive rebounding has in common, "Assuming all shots will be missed, anticipating rebound location, 'Flight Time' effort, and determination."
The Ultimate-Youth-Basketball-Guide published an article about rebounding that included the eight qualities of basketball rebounding: "Pursuing the basketball, establishing a good rebounding position, establishing proper body balance, boxing out your opponent, possessing the desire and mental and physical toughness, properly timing your jump for the ball, protecting the ball after a rebound, and developing soft hands and fingertip control."