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How the Jefferson Lady Cannoneers Drill on their Defense-to-Offense Transition Situations

Basketball coaches are always looking for new and exciting ways to work on defensive conditioning and the transition game. The standard "way," of course, is through solid, game-simulated practice drills.

At Jefferson Community, we have been doing it with an effective full-court drill which, though it may not develop team intensity on defense, can definitely improve the team's conditioning, defensive pressure, and transition game.

The drill is set up and performed as follows:

1. Place (or tape) four dots on each quarter of the court, as shown in the diagram.

2. Set up three players in each corner of the court.

3. Have the first player in line execute defensive slides to the foul line extended, to the sideline, to the middle of the floor, and finish on the sideline at half-court.

4. Then have the player sprint to the middle of the floor, pick up a tossed ball with both hands, and dribble to the hoop and lay the ball up strongly.

5. Players on the right side of the floor must stay on the right side and players on the left should stay on their left side, keeping the middle of the floor open for the dribbler.

6. As soon as one player gets to half-court, the next player in line should start his defensive slides. Proper spacing and timing will prevent collisions (and injuries).


1. The coach or manager rolls the ball to the center circle for the pick up and dribble, creating a one-on-one situation.

2. The coach rolls the ball to the middle of the floor, with the first player picking it up and going to the hoop with a second player going on defense against him. This presents a one-on-one game situation.

3. The two players now take off together as teammates, one of them picking up the ball and creating a two-on-zero situation.

4. Both players take off together as teammates and take on a coach, player, or manager who steps into the paint to play defense - creating a two-on-one situation.

5. Full-court variations can be effected by repeating the above drills the length of the floor.

As you can see, the drills start with progressions to build up defensive endurance and react vs game-like situations, particularly the kind of pressure that creates turnovers, like one-on-zero, two-on-zero, one-on-one, and two-on-one.
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Title Annotation:defense-to-offense transition situations
Author:Wiley, Jeff
Publication:Coach and Athletic Director
Date:Nov 1, 1996
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