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Basketball Transition Drills - 2-2 Transition Defense

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Make groups of two. Set up an offensive and a defensive team on one basket. The other groups of 2 divide up at the position free throw line extended-sideline equally on both ends of the court. One player is positioned on the right side his teammate on the left side.

The two teams on the court play against each other until either the offense scores or defense gets the rebound. The rebounder then quickly outlets the ball to one of the player waiting free-throw-line extended (does not matter if outlet is to right or left side) who takes off with his teammate trying to score an uncontested lay-up.

The former offense gets defense and has to hustle back to other end of the court to try to stop the new offense. Former defense goes at the end of the line position free-throw line and sideline. This is a continuous drill for a specific amount of time.


No layups for any offensive team.

Make a quick transition from offense to defense.

Accurate outlet passes by the defensive rebounder.

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Do this drill as a contest. Give a point to each group preventing the offense from scoring without foul. Play for a specific amount of points.


This is also a good conditioning drill. You can make this drill even more challenging by adding the pass to the front court. Defense outlets the ball to the next group waiting free throw line extended. The player receiving the pass in this position passes it to the next group on the other side of the court who go for an uncontested lay-up. Former offense has to hustle even more to get back on defense on time.




This basketball drill is licensed under a Creative Commons License. This drill is from Pål Degerstrøm at www.degerstrom.com/basketball.

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