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All good teams have good transition defense. How does the team convert from offense to defense? The primary rule in transition defense is to stop all fast break layups. Six things to remember when building your transition defense are: protect the basket area from a long pass, pressure the rebounder, cover the outlet pass, discourage the sideline pass, contain the dribbler and fill the middle of the court. All defenders must get back and assume a position below the line of the ball.