Cut Underneath – Break Side by Brummie


Breaking the mark is often seen as one of the most important skills in ultimate, so this drill should be a staple for any team.

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A handler, A, starts with the disc in the middle of the field, marked by D1, and at the front of a stack.  A cutter, B, stands 10m downfield, facing A, guarded by D2 and at the front of a stack.  


After B cuts, D2 takes B's place and E replaces D2

B catches the disc, then jogs to the back of the opposite queue; in this example, standing behind C

A will then be the next cutter, running out for D to throw to

For the optional static continuation, have a static receiver C who catches every pass for the entire drill, and therefore doesn't rotate.

For the optional continuation cuts under or away, after cutting, the player should then wait and provide the continuation cut for the next player from that stack. You'll need to start the drill with two players waiting to provide continuation cuts.

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  • When A and D1 are set, B cuts across to the break side; A throws into the reception area, R.

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  • Brummie says:

    Either all cuts should be to the same side of the field (ideal for running the drill in less space), or keep the force the same regardless of which stack you're in

    Add a defender behind the cutter: A must keep in mind the speed of the cutter so that the throw is delivered to R before B arrives; if the disc arrives too late then - were a defender present - the defender might be able to get a block

    Player A should try to put a bit of a curve on the disc to slow it down when it reaches R, rather than trying to perfectly time their throw

    These cuts should mirror those used in your offence; some teams prefer to take a few steps to the open side before cutting to the break side (making it easier to break the mark), or to take a few steps away before turning under (to mimic a cutter coming back towards the disc)

    Once the throw is complete, the cutter cycles around to the back of the other stack, and the person who just acted as the mark becomes the next thrower in the queue. Meanwhile, whoever just threw the break mark throw now cuts for the other stack.

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