Fundamental Skills Analysis:

Transition

 

  • Fast Break (See Transition Drill #7):  Players should always be looking for odd-player or “fast-break” opportunities.Break “4-on-3’s” down into “3-on-2’s,” then 2-on-1’s, by always being a threat to run uncontested to the net; if nobody pressures the ball, shoot!
  • Running the Floor (See Transition Drill #3D):  Players should run in their "Lanes," 2 outside and 2 inside, staying spaced far enough apart that one defender cannot cover two players; always aware of where the ball is.  The goal of the two players in the outside lanes should be to run as fast possible on a 45° angle towards the same-side goal-post.
  • The trailers in transition may sometimes also have to "slow-up," to maintain adequate “spacing.” Try to get the ball to the middle of the floor, where possible, which generally opens up a lot more options.
  • Ideally players will all be on their “proper floor side;” try to make this happen as best as possible. If two players are on a 2-on-1 and “same-handed” in terms of right or left, getting the ball to the middle is vitally important.
  • Breakaways (See Goaltending Drill #3B):  Always run full speed on a breakaway, also while practicing breakaways.  Make sure to take a “banana curl” towards the net if the opportunity is there (i.e. moving gradually across the front of the net as the player approaches; in the shape of a banana).  Players should also take a look behind them (if possible) recognizing whether it is a “partial breakaway” where the ball must be protected, or not.
  • Defending Transition (See Transition Drill #7):  Getting back on defense is not an option; offensive players need to be aware and run hard to cover against "reverse transition," which is the very first commitment to Team Defense.  If a fast-break is in progress, the last player back from that team needs to stay on the floor to guard against any “reverse transition” opportunities.
  • Players on their “wrong side” in transition are much less of a threat and should be encouraged to shoot, defensively; otherwise it’s usually best to force an opponent to make consecutive passes in a row via multiple slides, if possible. Overall, high risk passes should be avoided.
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