As part of this station Josh and James discussed the concepts behind throwing deep. Some of the content discussed is included here:
In addition to the above content the following drills are great for practicing your deep throwing:
- Diagonal Away Throw to Straight Cut (trap force)
- Over the shoulder lead pass
- Cross-field Away Throw – Front Side
Effective cutting and defensive positioning
This station covered the arts of defensive positioning, timing continuation cuts and cutting intelligently to take advantage of the defender’s position.
The concepts discussed in the first drill, which ran a simple Away or Open Under to explore different defensive positions, are elaborated detailed in the links below:
The second drill, which focused on Timing Up & Unders, revolved around the following theory points:
Finally, we looked at the “7 cut” (Open, or then Break Lateral), allowing us to access the break-side of the field easily using an open-side throw (The Undefended Channel). Additional theory to this can be found here:
Breaking the mark and forcing
General body position:
- Keep a low stance with your chest up, wide arms
- Stay on your toes and use your footwork to move around – try to avoid lunging as this over-commits your weight
- Feet not too wide, to allow you to sidestep easily and react quickly after a fake
- Keep your arms low and wide – its quicker to lift you arms up to a high throw than to drop them to a lower throw
Reacting to the thrower’s movement:
- Stop the ‘show and throw’ – set up slightly towards the side the thrower first holds the disc in. Make sure you stop their first option, and force them to pivot.
- A good place to look is at the throwers hips – this allows you to tell a fake from a genuine pivot
- Unless you have a bid on the player your are marking, you should be preparing to put the force on to avoid them breaking you quickly. Approach in a low agile stance, ensure they can’t throw a break as their first look.
- Make sure your teammates can hear your stall count!
- Forcing is the most powerful position on the pitch, as you can control more of the thrower’s options than anyone else. Work as hard as you can to take advantage of this (and try not to use it for a rest).
Breaking the mark
With regard to breaking the mark we discussed the value of pivoting and maintaining a low and stable body position. Using the visual of a clock face we also established the benefits of moving the mark using a dynamic pivot. By combining these features we can effectively move the mark and throw a controlled pass to the break-side of the field. Additional content on breaking the mark can be found here: Breaking the Mark.