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All-Stars, All-Star Ultimate Tour 2015 (1)

The All-Stars’ defence generates a turn after trapping the disc on the sideline, and they fast break to score.

All-Star Ultimate Tour 2015

Defence

Fast Break

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All-Stars, All-Star Ultimate Tour 2015 (3)

The All-Stars’ defence shuts down downfield cutters and use triangle marking to successfully generate a turn.

All-Star Ultimate Tour 2015

Defence

Denver Molly Brown, US Open 2018 (7)

Denver Molly Brown's poaching defence results in a run through interception, and Molly Brown uses a fast break to score.

Defence

Endzone Offence

Fast Break

Poaching

US Open 2018

Ellipsis Mens, AUC 2019

A combination of good defensive positioning, coordinated team defence and lots of intensity generates a block, which Ellipsis immediately use to fast break for the score

AUC 2019

Defence

Fast Break

Fury, USAU Nationals 2018 (3)

Notice the initial positioning: Fury handler defenders have their bodies between the upline space and their players, while having their hips facing towards the backfield. This allows them to deny upfield cuts with their body, then contest the backfield cuts.

Defence

USA Nationals 2018

Fury, USAU Nationals 2018 (4)

Fury initially contain movement of the disc after the pull is received, preventing Brute Squad from gaining ground. After slowing down the offence, Brute find a gap through the zone which allows them to string together a few passes before Fury generate a turnover.

Defence

USA Nationals 2018

Zone Defence

MUD Defence, WUCC 2018

Utilising a combination of switching, poaching, and tactical positioning, MUD lure their opponent into moving the disc to the sideline, where they are able to trap successfully.

Defence

Switching

WUCC 2018

PoNY Endzone Defence, USA Nationals 2019 (1)

PoNY combine elements of zone defence along with switching & poaching to make life difficult for Rhino Slam!

Defence

Endzone Defence

Poaching

Switching

Zone Defence

PoNY Endzone Defence, USA Nationals 2019 (2)

As Rhino move the disc, cracks begin to show in PoNY's defence. Nevertheless, it generates several low percentage throws from the offence, which is a sign of a successful defensive strategy

Defence

Endzone Defence

USA Nationals 2019

Zone Defence

PoNY Endzone Defence, USA Nationals 2019 (4)

PoNY's zone defence forces Rhino backwards more than once, before they jam the disc up the sideline between two defenders

Defence

Endzone Defence

USA Nationals 2019

Zone Defence

Revolution Defence, WUCC 2018

Revolution are strategically poaching to make MUD throw long, and put all of their efforts into shutting down handler movement

Defence

Poaching

WUCC 2018

Ring of Fire, USA Nationals 2014 (4)

Ring use a zone to slow down Chain's offence, but Chain quickly find and exploit a gap in the defence, forcing Ring to transition into person coverage

Defence

USA Nationals 2014

Zone Defence

San Francisco Fury, US Open 2018 (2)

Fury’s handler defence earns them the disc, and Fury gets a break by moving the disc from sideline to sideline.

Defence

Endzone Offence

Handler Resets

US Open 2018

San Francisco Fury, US Open 2018 (3)

Fury uses active marking and tight person defence to put pressure on the offence and limit their downfield movement.

Defence

Handler Resets

US Open 2018

San Francisco Fury, USA Nationals 2019 (1)

Fury uses active marking and boxing out to get the disc, and immediately converts with a short huck and leading pass.

Defence

Fast Break

Short Hucks

USA Nationals 2019

Sockeye Switching Zone, USAU Nationals 2018

Sockeye are playing a help scheme defence aimed at clogging throwing lanes and preventing short handler movement

Defence

Poaching

Switching

USA Nationals 2018

Zone Defence

Toro, Richmond Cup 2021 (3)

Toro uses tight handler defence and poaching to limit handler movement and get the disc. They then use a series of give-and-go moves to get to the front of the endzone before scoring with a lateral cut.

Defence

Fast Break

Poaching

Richmond Cup 2021

Toronto 6ixers, USA Nationals 2019 (4)

The Toronto 6ixers successfully defend their endzone by forcing backfield resets with their marks, switching to defend handlers, and poaching to guard lanes.

Defence

Endzone Defence

Poaching

Switching

USA Nationals 2019