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Saturday, January 31, 2015


The following are some clinic notes I took on Transition Offense from Marianne Stanley who was speaking at our clinic at LSU.  I have known Coach Stanley for a long time, starting with me working her camps when I was a high school coach and she was leading Old Dominion to multiple National Championships.  She is one of the best teachers I've been around.  Here are just a few of her thoughts:

In order to be a quality fast breaking team, you must be good defensively and on the boards.  You can only be so good in transition if you are constantly taking the ball out of the net after your opponent scores.

Defensive rebounding is not talent — it’s heart.

Two important areas for developing transition offense:

      Be good in the fundamentals of the game

      Train and practice at speed


The deeper the better…between free throw line extended and the hashmark.

Point guard sprint there, show you back to the sideline and call for the ball.

Look up!...majority of guard take outlet and immediately put the ball on the floor dribble and then look up...we want to look up first.

Important quality for guards is body control.

Point Guard: key to good transition is her vision...once she catches the ball Washington teaches for them to look “at the bottom of the net”...this gives a good centering point for their peripheral vision.

Lanes: “Don’t jog, don’t run.  Sprint!”

Definition of “sprint” — “as fast as you can” — anything less is not a sprint