Learn a systematic approach for limiting your opponent's transition offense
- Utilize the concept of "loading to the ball" in transition defense to stop dribble penetration and easy post entries
- Incorporate the concept of "connect and direct" for teaching how and where to pick up the dribbler in transition and how to force him to one side
- Learn four transition drills you can use to simultaneously teach and coach offensive and defensive transition
with Chris Holtmann, Butler University Head Coach; 2017 Big East Coach of the Year; former Gardner-Webb Head Coach, 2013 Big South Coach of the Year, NAIA All-American
Transition defense has become an important part of teams' defensive strategy at all levels of basketball. A well-planned transition defense can eliminate potential transition offense points, which could help your team prevent opponents from getting easy buckets and potentially give you more wins during the season.
Using a series of defensive practice drills, Chris Holtmann demonstrates strategies for getting back on defense and illustrates them with on-court demonstrations to help your team become a lock down transition defensive squad. Being able to learn from one of the best coaches in today's game - Brad Stevens - Coach Holtmann has developed a philosophy that has landed Butler at the top of the defensive efficiency charts the past two seasons.
The Culture of Transition Defense
While teaching players to defend and buy in, Coach Holtmann explains that offense is an important part of the game and when it comes to teaching transition defense. By getting ahead of the ball, you create a numbers game and can gain an advantage through offensive rebounding. Rounding out his philosophy, Coach Holtmann explains the importance of running to the paint rather than running to your match up, which most players want to do.
Transition Defense Drills
Being able to explain your transition philosophy is only half the battle. Using drills and terminology, Coach Holtmann installs the basics of his transition defense. Starting on the offensive end once the shooter begins to lift into their shot, players begin moving and getting into place to defend in transition. Guards rotate back to form the halfback and fullback positions, where they will be able to communicate and initiate transition defense with the rest of the players.
Coach Holtmann is able to control run outs in practice to build confidence within his defense. In Circle Transition and 5 on 4 +1, players outlet the ball to a coach as defensive players sprint back and sort from the rim out - one of the most important aspects of transition defense.
Coach Holtmann has built his transition defense through experience and detail. This video will show you exactly what you need to stop teams from scoring in transition.