Transition Building Blocks

What are the essential building blocks of your transition offense - and how do you go about installing them?


In this week's #GBetBBChat Coach DeMarco chose the topic of transition offense and posed the question, "What are the essential building blocks of your transition offense". I responded and after looking back at my response I wanted to create a blog post to refine it a bit. To me, really nailing down these four concepts would be the basis of my building blocks:

  1. Defining Running Lanes

  2. Creating a Clear Outlet Strategy

  3. Establishing Read Progression

  4. Flowing into Half Court Spacing

In those precious first few weeks of practice these would be the concepts that I would be trying to nail down. If we can create good habits early in the season with our Spacing, Running Lanes, and Outlet Speed then we're in good shape. Aside from the strategic teaching points I think the biggest influence will be your persistence in demanding the details of your system.



I - Define Running Lanes -

The first concept I would approach would be the running lanes for our players in transition. I really think that teaching our guys how we want to run the floor in transition will help us connect our Half Court Offense to our Transition Game.


What we have drilled the past four years is a four out Rim Runner transition system.


In this system:

1 - PG - Outlets & Pushes

5 - C - Is the Rim Runner

4 - PF - Is the Trailer

2 - SG - Fills a Corner

3 - SF - Fills a Corner


We try to place a heavy emphasis on the "First Three Steps" once we have the basketball. In those first three steps we would like our guys to be in an all out sprint to their Running Lane (Rim, Corner, Ball, or Trail)