Collections Poaching

Check out the Poaching articles below to find out how the top teams in the world do it!

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1-6 Vertical Stack (2)
All-Star Ultimate Tour 2015 (6)
AUC 2019 (3)
AUC 2021 (3)
Australian Ultimate League (4)
Defence (18)
Endzone Defence (7)
Endzone Offence (56)
EUC 2019 (3)
Fast Break (15)
Fielding the Pull (14)
Flow Offence (86)
Handler Resets (83)
Horizontal Stack (48)
Lateral Cuts (28)
Peppermill (16)
Poaching (18)
Power Position (14)
Premier Ultimate League (2)
Richmond Cup 2021 (7)
Set Plays (18)
Short Hucks (10)
Side Stack (9)
Split Stack (2)
Switching (8)
u24 Worlds 2019 (8)
US Open 2018 (16)
USA Nationals 2014 (4)
USA Nationals 2016 (9)
USA Nationals 2018 (8)
USA Nationals 2019 (29)
Vertical Stack (24)
WCBU 2017 (21)
Windmill 2018 (7)
Windmill 2019 (7)
WUCC 2014 (7)
WUCC 2018 (18)
WUGC 2016 (7)
Zone Defence (9)
Zone Offence (2)

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Ring of Fire, USA Nationals 2014 (1)

Keeping the disc moving is one of the best ways to beat a poach. Ring swing the disc to the far sideline, hit two poached cutters, swing the disc back then throw deep into undefended space to defeat an uncoordinated Chain Lightning defence

Flow Offence

Poaching

USA Nationals 2014

US Open Final 2021 (1)

Having dropped a pull, Chicago Machine have a few seconds to quickly set up their end zone defence in the US Open Final 2021 against Seattle Sockeye. What follows is a great example of a sophisticated switching & poaching defence, and how an offence might try to break it down.

Endzone Defence

Poaching

Switching

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Chicago Machine Endzone Offence (5), USAU National Championships 2019

Chicago Machine's swirling offence utilises multiple cutters, making it difficult for PoNY's defenders to keep track of all the options. This allows veteran Machine handler, Pawel Janas, to sneak open for the goal.

Endzone Defence

Endzone Offence

Handler Resets

Poaching

Colombia Revolution Poaching

Here we show a poach set used to deny big lane cuts, and highlight some weaknesses that Austin Torch exploit

Poaching

Denver Molly Brown, US Open 2018 (6)

Denver Molly Brown's handlers swing the disc to take advantage of the poaching defence. Molly Brown's cutters time their cuts to set up multiple deep options for a score.

Flow Offence

Handler Resets

Horizontal Stack

Poaching

US Open 2018

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

GB Men, Windmill 2019 (2)

GB react to a poach by moving the disc away from the poaching defender towards the open player, then throwing deep continuation against the out-of-position marker.

Poaching

Windmill 2019

Melbourne Flames, AUL 2019 (1)

After a turnover, the defence flood their own endzone, playing almost a zone-like poaching scheme designed to slow down the offence. Flames show patience to move the disc around before they find an isolated cutter.

Australian Ultimate League

Fast Break

Poaching

New York Gridlock v Indianapolis Red (1)

After swinging the disc to beat a poach, Nightlock hit a cutter on the break side who throws across the stack for the score

Poaching

Premier Ultimate League

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 (3)

After a short huck from Rhino Slam!, PoNY flood the endzone to apply their endzone defence

Endzone Defence

Poaching

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

Riot, WUCC 2014 (1)

As Riot fielded the pull, they found themselves facing a lane sag defence to combat their horizontal stack. By swinging the disc, they were able to set up a deep strike which they quickly converted with a dish.

Horizontal Stack

Poaching

Short Hucks

WUCC 2014

Riot, WUCC 2014 (3)

Riot quickly beat a poach set by swinging the disc, attacking laterally then hitting a crossfield deep throw

Horizontal Stack

Poaching

WUCC 2014

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

Sweet Cat, Richmond Cup 2021 (3)

Sweet Cat's offence throws to poached players early, and their use of break-side momentum through swinging the disc allows them to move the disc downfield and score.

Flow Offence

Lateral Cuts

Poaching

Richmond Cup 2021

Vertical Stack

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