13 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com3 Simple Yet Very Effective TransitionDefense Drills-...
23 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com1. Start with 5 players lined up across the baseline ...
33 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com3. As soon as that happens the defender across from t...
43 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com1. Split your players into two teams2. Have two playe...
53 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com3. Start with three offensive players at half court4....
63 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com1. Once the offense crosses half court, the third def...
73 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com3. Continue alternating sides in this in this manner ...
83 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com1. Designate on player to start on defense the rest o...
93 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com3. After the basket is made or a rebound is secured, ...
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3 "Absolutes" for a great basketball transition defense:
• Communication
• Hustle
• Improvisation ( think quick on your feet)
As a coach you HATE to see the other team get a long rebound or steal a bad pass and get a fast break layup or dunk on the other end. It absolutely kills you because it allows your opponent to score easily, can change the momentum of a game, and makes your team look slow or lazy. Give up too many of these in a game and people soon start to question "What the heck do they do in practice!?"

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3 simple yet very effective transition defense drills in basktball

  1. 1. 13 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com3 Simple Yet Very Effective TransitionDefense Drills-by Coach Dave Stricklinhttp://www.hoopskills.com3 "Absolutes" for a great transition defense: Communication Hustle Improvisation ( think quick on your feet)As a coach you HATE to see the other team get a long rebound or steal a bad passand get a fast break layup or dunk on the other end. It absolutely kills you becauseit allows your opponent to score easily, can change the momentum of a game, andmakes your team look slow or lazy. Give up too many of these in a game andpeople soon start to question "What the heck do they do in practice!?"Like everything in the game of basketball, a great transition defense takes time,commitment, and repetition to develop. It is not something that is going toimprove overnight, but by spending as little as 10 minutes a day emphasizing thethree absolutes listed above, you can minimize your opponents transition andbreak away opportunities.Here are three basic drills that you can use with players of any age to help build agreat transition defense. I guarantee you that even if do only one of these drills aday you will see major results almost immediately. (Because these are full courtdrills and require a basketball you will most likely see improvements in your teamsconditioning and ball handling as well!)Remember basketball is a game of habits and so it is up to YOU to make sure thatyour players are practicing good habits and are practicing hard. When the gamestarts, you cannot fault the players for not communicating, for not going 100percent, or for making bad decisions when it comes to transition defense if youallow those things to happen in practice!Transition Defense Drill #1
  2. 2. 23 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com1. Start with 5 players lined up across the baseline and 5 more players lined upacross from them on the free throw line extended.2. The coach then passes the ball to one of the players on the baseline.
  3. 3. 33 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com3. As soon as that happens the defender across from the ball must now run andtouch the baseline while the 5 offensive players transition into offense4. The 4 remaining defenders must now communicate and hustle until the 5th mancan recover and get back on defenseTeaching Point:An overall theme of transition defense is communication. The morecommunication that takes place amongst your defenders the better your defensewill become. Communication should be both verbal and non-verbal and when bothforms are combined, your players can really become more aware of everythingthat is happening on the court. To emphasize this, insist that all 4 defenders pointto the ball and yell out their position in relation to the ball when running back ondefense.Want to make this drill even tougher? Once your team gets comfortable withcovering up 5 on 4, send two defenders to touch the baseline. Now your defensehas to cover up 5 on 3 until help arrives. You can mix it up further by calling outplayers names, or designating certain spots for touching the baseline.Transition Defense Drill #2
  4. 4. 43 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com1. Split your players into two teams2. Have two players from each team start out on defense on their respective sideof the court
  5. 5. 53 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com3. Start with three offensive players at half court4. On the whistle the offense starts to attack. As soon as the ball crosses half court,the next defender can run into the center circle and then join the play5. Once the Defense gets the ball, whether by getting a steal, grabbing a reboundor after a made basket, they turn around and head the other way on offense
  6. 6. 63 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com1. Once the offense crosses half court, the third defender runs in and touches thecenter circle and joins the play2. Now it is 3 on 3
  7. 7. 73 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com3. Continue alternating sides in this in this manner until the drill endsTeaching Point: This is already a competitive drill but a great way to make it evenmore competitive is to keep score. Play to 13 points by 1s and 2s and have thelosing team run. Youll be amazed at how hard the kids will get after it!Another great way to instill a competitive spirit is split the kids up by age, grade oreven teams (ex: 5th graders vs. 6th graders or JV vs. Varsity)Transition Defense Drill #3
  8. 8. 83 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com1. Designate on player to start on defense the rest of the players’ line up on theopposite end of the court on the baseline2. 2 offensive players step out, and play on offense going the other way. The ballcan either be dribbled up the court by one player or passed back and forth.
  9. 9. 93 Simple Yet Very Effective Transition Defense Drills-HoopSkills.com3. After the basket is made or a rebound is secured, the shooter is now on defense,while the other offensive player and the original defender attack the other way onoffense.TEACHING POINT:Do not let the lone defender ever turn his back on the pass receiver because assoon as he over commits a simple pass will lead to a layup. Instead have him keephis back towards the basket and "fake & retreat." Execute this by taking a big jabstep towards the ball handler and then quickly retreating to the pass receiver whilelooking to steal the pass. The defender would much rather give up a 15 foot jumpshot than a layup!

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