Break to Open Wrinkle by Brummie


This is a useful cutting pattern for handlers when cutting or clearing, particularly when blocked by a well-positioned defender.

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A handler, A, has the disc in the middle of the field, marked by D1. A cutter, B, stands 5-10m downfield, slightly towards the open side, guarded by D2.


D1 > A > D2 > B

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  • D1 begins by checking the disc in
  • B is trying to cut towards the break side, but is being prevented from doing so by D2
  • B therefore uses this to block D2 from defending the open side. See Sealing the Lane.
  • Note: even if D2 isn't directly blocking B's path, if D2 is over-committed to defending the break side, then this pattern will be successful


  • Brummie says:

    This drill is to practice how to react when D2 is preventing B from cutting to the break side. It is therefore important that D2 prevents the break side cut first.

    B should keep their hips facing away from the thrower during the turn, and turn off the outside foot; in this scenario, B would turn off their left foot. This is to replicate a real game scenario where B is actively trying to clear downfield but is prevented from doing so by D2; the wrinkle is a reaction to that.

    A can lead the receiver as a slight lead pass as well; this will make continuation easier

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