A rebound wall for passing is a great addition to a teams training equipment. They can be used to develop and improve passing ability and are helpful when numbers are low. Apparently Kwik Goal is selling a new product called a V.A.T. Board. V.A.T. stands for “variable angle training board.” It sells for $385 + tax & shipping, which I think is vastly over-priced, just like most things sold by Kwik Goal. It’s also on back-order. Not wanting to pay the exorbitant price for such a simple training device, I designed my own, the Passing Rebounder.
The Passing Rebounder (VAT BOARD-ANSI-C) is made from 5/8″ or 3/4″ thick plywood and is designed to be easily constructed with minimal equipment and skill. All of the equipment should be available at your local home improvement store (I sourced everything at my local Home Depot). Also, it should cost no more than $50 to $60 in total – about one-seventh the cost of the V.A.T. Board from Kwik Goal.
- Cut the pieces from a single sheet of 4 ft x8 ft plywood (5/8″ or 3/4″ thickness).
- Cut two slots for hand-grips so you can more easily move the rebounder. It will weight approximately 30-40 lbs, depending on which thickness plywood is used.
- If desired, drill large holes in the braces and/or board to help lower weight. Be careful not to decrease weight too much as you want the rebounder to have some heft so it doesn’t move around too much during use.
- Attach the braces to the board first with construction adhesive, 90-degree angle brackets (90-deg bracket spec sheet). The brackets are bolted to the board using 1/4″ carriage bolts and lockwashers. The brackets are bolted to the braces using 1/4″ hex head bolts and lockwashers.
- Lastly, paint the entire rebounder so it can withstand the constant abuse and weather.
That’s all!! If you make a rebounder I would love to see pictures of the finished product. Also, if you have any suggestions for improvement, please share.