Away to Break Underby Brummie


This pattern is a staple in ultimate, and worth practicing. Often referred to as a ‘V’ cut due to the sharp change of direction.

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Pre-Requisite Drills:


    Sprint all the way through the catch, rather than slowing down to catch. While catching at speed is a more difficult than when standing still, it is an important skill to learn in order to prevent defenders from running past and getting a block.

    Add a defender to provide a realistic mark; this is shown as a faded block on the diagrams.

    A should make it clear if the disc is not coming; a clearly visible fake (or audible) signals that the long throw is not coming and B should cut underneath; this also ensures that B is looking at the thrower.

For a more game-like drill that will push your limits, try Break to a Point instead.

The mark should start inside and as the stall count increases, begin to move more around.

There is also a great chance to those waiting to talk to the mark with phrases like “cutter is inside, still inside, now moving around, around” to give the marker information.

Prompt participants to be clear on what they want to cover. Good throwers are capable of breaking the mark. A win could be the longer the thrower holds onto the disc, or it could be just covering the inside shot to begin with.

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A handler, A, starts with the disc in the middle of the field, marked by D1.  A cutter, B, stands 10m downfield, facing A.


D1 > A > B

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  • D1 checks the disc in, and B then cuts away for 5-10m

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