Playing good defence isn't just a matter of staying on the open side. It means constant repositioning as the disc moves to create new angles of attack for the offence
A thrower, A, is on the sideline marked by D1 who applies a force middle mark. Another handler, B, is positioned on the far sideline marked by D2 who also applies a force middle mark. A cutter, C, is positioned slightly upfield from B and guarded by D3. The area used in the drill can be marked as a box, no deeper than 18m, i.e. the same size as an endzone.
D1 > A > D2 > B > D3 > C
- The focus of the drill is how D3 repositions as C moves around the field.
- C will make cuts around the box, and D3 has to maintain position to prevent throws into the “danger area” which would leave C in power position or able to make simple continuation throws to the break side (i.e. to the same sideline where the disc came from).
- The thrower looks downfield, throws some pump fakes, then returns the disc. The throwers don’t actually throw the disc downfield. After 5-7 seconds, A will throw the disc to B; note that D1 and D2 are not to play defence and must allow this swing to happen. Every 5-7 seconds whichever thrower has the disc, turns and throws to the other one; both D1 and D2 should make “up” calls whenever this happens.
- Be sure to read Orbiting Defence for detail
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