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Bo Ryan: Transition Defense



Bo Ryan: Transition Defense

Learn how to develop transition defense from legendary coach Bo Ryan!

  • Reinforce transition defense in your practices with seven dedicated drills to eliminate fast break opportunities for your opponent
  • Coordinate the responsibilities of your first players back on defense to simultaneously protect the rim and take away open shooters on the perimeter
  • Develop a system of communication on offense to prevent mental errors that result in turnovers


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with Bo Ryan,
member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (2017);
former University of Wisconsin Head Coach; Back-to-Back NCAA Final Four ('14 & '15); 4x Big Ten Coach of the Year; 7x Big Ten Champions (three tournament & four regular season titles);
former UW-Platteville Head Coach - 4x NCAA DIII National Champions); over 740 career wins (.762 winning percentage)

If you want to create a great defensive team, start with an obsession in mastering transition defense. Eliminating easy fast break opportunities and building your half-court defense to full strength will dramatically improve your team's ability to shut down the opponent.

Bo Ryan consistently had tough defensive teams throughout his Hall of Fame career. In this video, Ryan shares insights into the details that create good transition defense. He includes seven practice drills that work on communicating defensively and understanding how to play defense in transition at a disadvantage.

Transition Defense Starts on the Offensive End

Strong defensive teams begin on offense by taking care of the ball. Eliminating turnovers is critical to preventing the fast break opportunities that are challenging for your transition defense to stop. You'll see how to communicate on offense through the body language of the receiver and passer. Hand targets and positioning will help your players to relay when and where they want the ball passed to them.

Ryan demonstrates his Partner Passing drill to reinforce this concept at the beginning of every practice. You'll learn six variations that cover a range of passes and situations where your players will need to pass on offense.

Practice Drills for Transition Defense

Seven drills break down Ryan's system for transition defense. If you want to be great in this phase of the game, your players are going to have to make an individual commitment to hustle back every single time. Ryan reinforces this attitude with the Pursuit Drill. This drill teaches players to never give up on the play by running down the dribbler to disrupt the breakaway layup. Ryan explains how the first players back on defense will protect the rim against fast breaks.

You'll learn the technique for first player back, second player back, trailers, and for players acting as a goalie at the rim and how to coordinate players to take away open shots without giving up rim protection.

With a series of four weave drills, you can practice how to stop 3-on-2 and 2-on-1 advantage situations. Ryan breaks down each player's responsibilities when outnumbered in transition defense. The 6-Man drill is an additional way to strictly reinforce how you want players to defend 3-on-2 situations. The Search & Destroy Drill challenges your players even further with an extra offensive player to cover.

All of these drills show you how to slow down your opponents and allow your trailing defenders to get back and build to full strength team defense. Throughout each drill, Ryan teaches and shares valuable concepts behind the "why" and "how" of these drills and his beliefs on stopping the other team from scoring in transition.

With a great focus on details in this video, Ryan shows how you can have tremendous success with your transition defense!

Produced at the Spring 2017 Las Vegas (NV) clinic.

61 minutes. 2017.

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