45 degree Open Side Dump by Brummie


This drill should be a staple for any team that uses a dump behind the disc, and will teach you to use a reset as a way of generating power position or movement to the break side.

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A handler, A, starts with the disc in the middle of the field. A defender, D1, applies a one-way mark. A reset, B, starts around 5m from A, 45 degrees behind on the open side. B is guarded by D2, who starts between A and B. A continuation cutter, C, starts 10m downfield from A and is guarded by D3.


A > D1 > B > D2 > C > D3

Step 1

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  • From a static setup, wait for A to turn to face B to initiate movement.
  • If B is free to cut directly downfield into power position Go to step 2
  • Otherwise Go to step 5


  • Brummie says:

    Always initiate by having the thrower, A, turn to face the dump, B

    B should make a fast and decisive dump cut; this will mean that their momentum takes them well past D1, making any potential continuation to the break side easier

    Note that B’s cut is not directly across the field. Rather it is diagonal to take them downfield. This makes it far easier to get continuation out.

    When cutting for power position, B’s momentum takes them in front of D1, opening up angles to throw continuation.

    When cutting for power position, don't try to lead the receiver, just aim for their chest, as though throwing a Gut Pass

    E needs to time continuation cuts appropriately; see Timing Cuts & Setting up Continuation

    The receiver should react to the thrower’s signals. One good method is to allow the thrower to make a clear, deliberate fake if they don’t want to throw any pass; this will signal to the receiver to turn and give a different option

  • Dylan Freechild says:

    If you find yourself on the openside of a teammate with the disc you generally want to set up 10-15 yards back behind them and on a 45-degree angle towards the openside.

    Option 1 is for your teammate to simply throw you the disc. By setting up backwards you are forcing your defender to choose whether to guard you or guard the open lane. If your defender is guarding you or your teammate does not feel comfortable with the throw, you need to make what I call a “pie” cut. Pie cut is a cut that goes behind the thrower and gives the thrower a dink or drop off option to you on the breakside: 45 degree dump behind.

    Here are the scenarios:

    1. Your defender is off of you a little, poaching but staying close enough to you so that your teammates isn’t comfortable with simply throwing it to you. If your defender is far enough up-field you can just run the pie cut by sprinting towards your teammate about three yards behind them. Throwers, this should be a soft touch throw. Don’t rifle it at your teammate. You should be able to beat your defender to this spot. If you can’t or didn’t that means they are too close to you to simply run the pie cut.

    2. In the situation where your defender is too close to you, you need to attack at your defender and make a “one-footed” cut. What this means is you attack towards your defender and keep pushing them in a direction they don’t want to go (almost always backwards). Once they turn their hip you make a one-footed cut. This allows you to take advantage of your defender having to turn their hips. No jukes, or stop and goes, simply powering out of the cut with one step. Ideally, you push your defender towards the thrower because…

    3. Almost every defender will have to turn and commit to a direction. That direction will usually be forcing you into the backfield because they don’t want to be beat up-field on the openside. This gives you a perfect opportunity to finish off your pie cut into the breakside. IF they play great defense and maintain body positioning between the breakside and you, effectively taking away the pie cut and throw, you chop your feet and make a hard cut back to the openside for a dish pass. This cut needs to be on the same 45 degree train tracks on which you originally cut on.

    Don’t be afraid of a little contact. If you shy away from contact then the defender will always win. You need to be willing to pushing (not with your arms but with your body and movement) your defender into uncomfortable positions. Allowing them to dictate where you go with contact is either a foul or is something you should use to your advantage. Turning away from some contact and not calling a foul will be your demise.

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