Every soccer player needs to practice their techniques and skills, and one piece of equipment that is used to practice a soccer player’s skills is a soccer rebounder. Soccer rebounders are used to practice the technique of passing and receiving.
Soccer rebounders have various types ranging from steel rebounders to wooden rebounders, net rebounders, and even PVC rebounders that are pretty similar to professional rebounders.
Wooden rebounders are pretty cheap and mobile, with the only drawback being the noise it generates when the ball hits the boards. It could be a hassle, especially when practicing in a home community. However, building a wooden soccer rebounder is easy and can be done at a moment’s notice.
However, a wall as a rebounder can be used in place if you cannot build one from scratch since it can also serve the same purpose.
A rebounder is complete when it is capable of sending back the ball to you in various angles based on how you play the ball.
People often misunderstand that building a soccer rebounder is a tedious task; however, reading and implementing the steps in this article would simplify the process.
In the following sections, you will be shown the process of building a wooden soccer rebounder with easy DIY steps.
How to build a soccer rebounder?
Using soccer rebounders for practicing passing techniques is one of the ways that soccer players train. However, soccer rebounders are primarily used when players train on their own (with no partner).
Soccer rebounders are usually of different types and can be built quickly and are typically constructed when you do not wish to purchase one.
However, before you start building a soccer rebounder, like any other project, you would first need to gather the materials required to make one.
Below are the materials that you need before building a soccer rebounder:
- You need two boards or plywood measuring 24 x 48 inches. Ensure that they are cut to the proper size.
- Also, get hinges which would be used to hold them together.
- 3/4-inch screws (about 24 of them).
- A pencil
- A measuring tape
- A Saw
- A staple gun
- And lastly a Straight Ruler .
Now that you have got these materials, it is now time to begin building the soccer rebounder. Follow the steps below to create a soccer rebounder from scratch.
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Step 1. Creating the Legs of the Rebounder
The first step is to get the two pieces of board together. The boards should be placed close to each other so that you can easily test the legs on the second board.
Now take the saw and Ruler to measure or draw a line diagonally from corner to corner. The board would be cut diagonally into two pieces.
After cutting the board diagonally, measure 18 inches from both diagonally cut boards and cut them off. You would then get two pieces to connect to the other board as the legs.
Step 2. Inserting the Hinges
Here, we would move to the other board where the hinges would be placed. The hinges would be placed close to both ends of the board.
Now from the edge of the board (top to down), measure the board and find the middle which usually measures 12 inches with your tape. Then measure 7.5 inches in (left to right), then mark that spot as the place where the hinges are to be placed.
Then place the hinges on the board (marked spot) after measuring and screw the hinges tightly to the board. Ensure that the hinges are placed adequately since this is where the legs of the rebounder would be attached.
The screws would be used to screw the hinges into the boards. First, make sure that the hinges are placed on both sides of the board. Next, make use of a drill to drill the screws into the board.
Also, ensure that the hinges are tightened to the board tightly since the rebounder, when completed, would receive a lot of balls every day depending on your practice schedule. Therefore, it is necessary that you make use of a suitable hinge and screw than the regular ones.
Step 3. Attaching the Legs
After placing the hinges, it is time to attach the legs of the rebounder.
Now take one of the diagonally cut boards, and place it on the outside of the hinge placed on the board. This is where the board would be joined with the hinges. Now take your screws and screw the rebounder board leg tightly to the hinges.
Ensure that the leg board is able to fold down with a space available when both legs are attached to the board. This would ensure that the rebounder is easily movable and mobile.
Step 4. Adding the Velcro
Now then, you can add the velcro. After opening the velcro pack, stick both velcros together, then cut it in half to get two pieces that would be attached to both sides of the board. The velcros should be stuck in the middle of the edge of each rebounder leg.
Now stick one of the velcros to the edge of the rebounder leg, while the other should be attached to the same position when the rebounder leg is pressed to the board.
When the velcro is lined up, make use of the staple gun to stick a hole in the velcro placed on both parts of the rebounder. The reason for this is so that the legs of the rebounder would be held down when carrying or moving it.
Now perform the same action of fixing the velcro to the other side of the board. Again, ensure that the velcro is placed correctly, then make use of the staple gun to put holes in it. This would ensure that the velcro does not pull off.
Step 5. Adding the Handle
After placing the velcro on both sides of the board, you can stand the rebounder up to see your progress.
Now, you can create a circular hole that your hands can pass through with your saw on the top part of the board where the two legs meet. The hole would serve as the handle for moving the rebounder.
After putting the handle, the rebounder can then be carried around easily. The essence of the velcro is to be able to stick the legs of the rebounder to the board.
To set the rebounder for practice, ensure that you turn the rebounder to stand on the diagonally part cut on the board so that the ball would be received in the air when played to the rebounder.
Step 6. Painting and Testing the Rebounder
After you have finished building the rebounder, you can paint the soccer rebounder to make it look more professional. You can make use of any color spray based on your preference.
Now that you have painted the rebounder and it is dried, you can test it out in the practice pitch or field.
It would be best if you put weights or sandbags at the back of the rebounder. It ensures that the rebounder doesn’t move while the ball hits the rebounder.
The rebounder can be flipped on both sides to get different results, maybe to receive passes in the air or in the ground.
Soccer rebounders are for personal practice at home and are pretty easy to build. Correctly following the processes shown above would ensure that you create a perfect soccer rebounder in no time.
Ensure that you get the proper measurements, tools, and every other equipment needed to build up the rebounder.
While building a soccer rebounder, take care to avoid accidents.
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