The slow break is a scoring opportunity created immediately following a fast break. After players rush down the field on a fast break, if nothing develops, your team will have a slow break opportunity before the other team’s defense gets set up. Slow breaks only last about 5-10 seconds before the defense is set, so making these opportunities count takes practice.

How it Works: Attack

The attack players need to recognize when the fast break is off and switch into feed and back-up mode. This requires an attack player to get the ball and move up-field from GLE to the top wing. This movement allows trailing midfielders the opportunity to cut into open lanes as the attack moves the defenders. The off-ball attack players need to mirror the ball carrier and back up the goal in order to occupy defenders and maintain balance.

How it Works: Midfield

As the midfielders enter the slow break, they need to shoot through open lanes and look for the ball. The key to shooting in a lane is to keep your stick up and cut through the middle of the critical scoring area as fast as possible. This action allows feeders to hit cutters in stride in order to limit the checking abilities of defenders looking to take away your scoring option.

Finishing the Play: The “Trail and Out”

The final option of the slow break is the “trail and out” cut. Once the midfielders shoot the open lanes, they need to trail out of the play by going around the back of the goal and cutting back up the opposite side of the scoring area with their stick up in the box area. The trail and out cut can leave your players wide open with a great scoring opportunity because off-ball defenders will look toward the ball carrier after a cut in order to set in before picking up their player responsibility.

Drills

Theme: Transition

Time: 10 minutes

Skill Level: Basic

Objective

Teach how to run a slow break and look for trailing players that could be open, breaking down the point for open shots. Timing and vision are everything in this drill.

Description

  • Balls start at the two low cones. Those lines will go to goal and dodges when they get to goal line extended.
  • You will be looking for the dodging players to throw back or roll back when they look the move the ball.
  • The two lines up top will drift into the attack box and look to move into a position where they can cut down on a slow break, look for a pass from the dodging player, and finish.
  • Have your players rotate to a different line each time.

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