The thrower has an important role to play in this drill. If B commits to a cut but A does not want to throw it, it is vital that A communicates clearly so that B can revert to a Double Alpha or Double Bravo if their first cut is unsuccessful.
The most common cause of turnovers in this drill is when B decides to change direction at the point that A throws the disc. The simplest solution is to Lead the Receiver as soon as they get separation, in any direction; your reset is rarely going to get open by yards, and more commonly by inches. The earlier you throw, the easier it’s going to be.
Once around 10-15 yards away from your teammate I, Dylan, like to push my man two or three steps up-field. This is not something that is a necessity to make this cut. This is something I like to do, personally. I do this because it does three things for me:
1. If my defender is applying an “no-upline” cushion on me, it forces them to keep that cushion as I move up-field or close the gap between us.
2. Once I am two or three steps up-field my two options are upline or back and away. If my defender keeps their cushion then I know they will continue to apply a no-upline cushion and I am free to attack upline to get them on their heels and then cut back and away with plenty of space between us. If they close the cushion, now they are more susceptible to getting beat upline. Attack hard upline and force your defender to turn their hips. Once they do you’ll have a half step advantage. This is inherent to any cut in ultimate. Either continue your cut upline and get the disc or once they commit, turn and go back and away.
3. If the mark is weak, then my teammate has the choice to simply throw it to me. Because I went two to three steps up-field, I will no longer lose any yards on this option. Additionally, if the mark is setting a hard “no around” force, you have successfully opened up an inside lane for your teammate to throw into.
The back and away cut needs to be made on the same “train tracks.” What this means is once you turn to cut back and away the cut needs to be on the same angle or line that you cut upline with. This is the easiest angle for the thrower to throw to. It also gives a better inside lane for your teammate to throw to. Furthermore, it allows your teammate to know where you will be cutting to. This kind of communication is key in high stall situations or quick disc movement. Once the disc is around midfield you usually want your dump on the openside because thats an easier cut to throw to