18 November 2017 Geneva, 2017

One day of classroom helping coaches, and one day in the field working on endzone offence & disrupting set plays

Alex BrooksBrummie

Brummie and Alex Brooks headed to Geneva to teach improved endzone offence (and help defence!) schemes, with some fun and competitive drills and games between 35 players from across Switzerland. In the afternoon, we worked on set plays (and how to disrupt them), culminating in an epic double-game point final game!

Skills Clinic: Saturday 18th November

Endzone Offence

Our goal on Saturday morning was to improve efficiency in front of the endzone. To achieve this we broke the scenarios of scoring down to:

Scoring from the middle of the field

To achieve our goal when the disc is in the middle of the field we discussed the theory of how to set up; see Scoring via upfield dump and The Undefended Channel. Remember the three principles:

To practice these principles and new positions we drilled 3H Cutting in 2v2. Once we had this right we made the drill a bit more difficult, introducing more players and played 3 vs 3. Here we identified how defenders can adjust their position to take away and easy goal.

For defence, remember:

For offence, remember:

Resetting efficiently and effectively to score

After a short break we looked at a different skill related to scoring in the endzone from the centre of the field. Our goal here was to reset efficiently and effectively.

We applied this goal to the endzone, but the principles apply anywhere on the pitch.

The first scenario we looked at was scoring from a reset in the centre of the field. We used a dump set-up at 45 degrees behind the disc on the open side. They ran a behind the disc, breakside cut and threw to a continuation cut from the back of the stack.

To achieve this we covered the principles and cutting patterns of how to score via Dump to Break Side and then drilled using 45 degree dump behind.

Thrower, remember:

Reset, remember:

The second scenario looked at sideline resets. We looked at aggressively attacking the upline space to score within a 1m2 box in the front corener of the endzone. If this wasn’t on we cut directly back the way we came for an around break and a continuation cut to the far side of the field for a goal.

To achieve this we covered the principles and cutting patterns discussed here: Scoring on the break sideline with cutters

As the player on the disc, remember

As the reset, remember:

We finished the morning session by combining the individual drills into a 5v5 games before moving into 7v7 with the following rules:

With only 1 point in it the final game was a thriller for the crowd.

Disruptive defence

The goal for the afternoon session was to learn how to maintain flow against disruptive defences.

Pull Plays

Given we had never played together we needed some pull plays in order to achieve our goal.

In teams we came up with a small selection of pulls plays. Alex’s team (Darks) focussed on Vertical stack whilst Brummie’s team (Bibs) focussed on horizontal plays.

Both teams practiced their pull plays without defence to learn by doing and get the timings right to continue their cuts.

Darks main plays were:

Bibs main plays were:

Stifling defences

Once we had learnt our pull plays both teams separated to learn defensive sets that were designed to disrupt pull plays. The intention being to force the offence to adapt to a disruptive defence and score anyway.

Darks learnt Hasami, a 1.5 person defence which is detailed here:

When playing Hasami, remember:

Bibs learnt Frankie from the middle of the field.

When playing this type of switching & poaching defence, remember:

Both teams looked to transition early from their new defences into person defence once the initial play was disrupted. This led to a number of turnovers through the confusion created by changing defence. However, when the transition was mistimed, or players trailed their mark on defence there were often quick goals. For more detail on transitions, read here: Transitions.

Maintaining Flow

We learnt a number of skills throughout the afternoon session, particularly around how to stifle flow. This allowed us to practise the inverse skill, maintaining flow against disruptive defences. We did this through Brooklyn rules games (if you score your team get one shot at a bonus goal by walking the disc outside of the endzone and running and endzone set), introducing some competition to our play.

When playing against a disruptive play you have to adapt quickly, remember:

Coaching Clinic: Sunday 19th November

On Sunday, we worked as coach educators with 16 coaches, helping them with practice planning, drill design, better communication and finished with some practical sessions coaching throwing skills.

How to get into the coaching mindset

Before leaping head first into coaching it is worth thinking about why you are coaching, who you are coaching and what they are probably looking to get out the sessions and you as their coach.

Practical Coaching

We reviewed different learning styles and how best to deliver coaching, in order to understand small adjustments we can make to help get our message across clearly and concisely.

Throwing & Catching

We reviewed How to throw a disc.

Remember: The elimination of drops is the easiest route to reducing a team’s turnover count.

Spirit Of The Game

Remember that we are the guardians of SOTG and how we enforce SOTG within clubs will be vital to how our club is perceived in competition.

Health & Safety, Risk Assessment

As coaches we have a responsibility for our players’ health and well-being; the absolute worst thing that can happen at practice is for there to be a serious injury that could have been easily avoided. Before practice starts it’s worth thinking about and inspecting the surroundings for potential hazards. It is also worth remembering that a thorough warm up and cool down has a dramatic impact on the chances of there being any injuries.

Drill Design

After a short break we looked at the skill of designing drills. This was an interactive session where everyone was involved in designing a drill.

Practice Planning

In the same groups as the drill design we took a step back, looking at planning an entire, or part of a season.

Diagnosing throwing issues

After lunch we moved to the gym for some practical experience. Everyone had a chance to teach throwing to ‘beginners’. Some students were better behaved than others but it gave us some good experience of what teaching people to throw can actually be like.

There was an element a peer review at the end of each session but the overriding feedback was that:

  • Following the GSWAP teaching technique was the most effective teaching method; see How to throw a disc.
  • Always check people’s grip first.
  • If there are multiple coaches, make sure they don’t contradict each other; this is best achieved by making a plan for the session and communicating in advance.

Field sense

To finish off we looked at a very simple drill to help teach field awareness to a thrower. The drill is laid out very similarly to Throwing Toolbox & Reaction, except the movement is cutter-led.

We set-up 4 cones in a 4m x 4m square in the centre of a short field with one cone in the middle. An offensive cutter stood on the middle square and a defensive player stood on one of the corners of the square. The disc started on the edge of the field with a player with their back to the centre square.

The player on the edge of the field is fed a disc by the queue and can turn around. They must then assess where the defender is and throw the disc to the other side of the offensive cutter. The cutter and defender can only start moving once the player with the disc turns to face them.

Progressions (to make it harder):

Regressions (to make it easier):