Away to Open Under by 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.

Cutting towards the disc
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Keep your eyes on the player who catches the disc as he cuts away, turns sharply and cuts under to the open side


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


A > B

Step 1

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  • B cuts away hard for 5-10m, then turns

Step 2

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  • Brummie says:

    The angles are important with V cuts; if A cuts laterally towards the sideline, then B must throw much further and into a much wider space. This is a difficult throw. If A cuts directly at B, then they will come close to the stack and make it difficult to adjust to any throw that is not thrown perfectly. By cutting at a 45 degree angle, A still makes a lot of yards but is able to adjust if the throw is poor due to having additional width on the cut.

    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

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