Standard Breakout

INTERMEDIATE TRANSITION SET

  • A “breakout” is a structured approach to safely and efficiently transition the ball out of the defensive zone, as a team.
  • Each player has set responsibilities as to exactly where to go and what to do if their goalie makes a save, or if there is any sort of turnover by the opposing team's offense.  After a shot on net by the opponent, or the goalie/defender has corralled the rebound or loose ball, all other defenders should make their way to the “standard breakout positions” (See Diagram) based on their relative floor position (whoever is closest).
  • The key outlet is the player in the middle (Position D), in having to make a decision whether to run hard to the bench or do a button-hook as an emergency outlet if all other outlets are well covered.
  • If the goalie has the ball to start the breakout it is important that they spot the open player and quickly make a high percentage pass, without hesitation. If no outlet is available the goalie should step out of the crease behind the net (to avoid a 5 second call) and the team should take a slow break approach to transitioning the ball.
  • If playing in a "two-way" transition system and the coach is starting with players in the defensive zone, all players should run the length of the floor getting to their proper floor side if possible (except the ball carrier who should generally carry the ball away from the bench). If playing offense first, players will later play defense and then two-players will have to stay and start the "breakout" back towards the offensive zone before changing.

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