Fast Breaks (Lanes & Spacing)
INTERMEDIATE TRANSITION SET
- There are four imaginary “lanes” referenced lengthwise (north-south) on the floor in lacrosse, two outside and two inside. These lanes are referred to when speaking about transition and the pick & roll.
- The lanes stretch either from a few metres off of the side-boards to a few metres outside of the goal posts (“outside lanes”), or from a few metres outside of the goal posts to the middle of the net (“inside lanes”).
- Players running in the outside lanes during a fast-break should run as hard as they can to the same-side goal post on a 45° angle, as a general team rule. Inside players should be trailing the play, at least slightly (if possible), and will sometimes have to “slow up” in order to maintain proper "spacing."
- Essentially, transitioning players must maintain good “spacing” so as to not get too close to each other, whereby one defender could potentially defend two offenders.
- The focal point of spacing is normally the position of the ball. The player carrying the ball should have an opportunity to beat their check at all times. The more space this player is provided in the prime scoring area (staying “spread”), the more likely they are to get a quality shot (utilizing picks/seals).
- Proper spacing during fast-breaks is also referred to as running in your “lanes.”