Transition defense is such a huge part of the game. Since I am currently coaching a 17u AAU team, I have put a huge emphasis on this aspect of our team defense, as I feel that a huge part of AAU offense is attacking in transition. Getting our defense set and competing hard on that end of the floor is essential to being successful. West Virginia Transition is another drill that I picked up from my time at Cedarville. I enjoy this drill because it is live, the players love it and compete hard, and lastly you have to play shorthanded, as is often the case in transition.
Here are the instructions as to how the drill works:
SET UP: Divide up into 2 teams of 4 (1 is the coach). Both teams line up across from one another. Each team must get 6 points to get a “win”. The game is played first to 4 “wins”.
STEP 1: The coach will pass the ball to a player, and the defender opposite the player with the ball will run down to the opposite end. The offense now plays 4 on 3 and the defense must scramble to guard. If the defense gets a stop, they earn two points (3v4 stop).
STEP 2: Once the offense has scored or the defense has gotten a stop, transition occurs down the opposite end. The team transitioning from offense to defense must spring back so that x4 can not get a hit ahead score. If the offense scores in 7 seconds or less, they get a “win”. If the defense gets a stop, they get one point (4v4 stop).
STEP 3: Repeat the drill, this time having the coach throw the ball to the opposite team from the last trip. Play to 4 “wins”