Gates Drill by Jodie Palmer


Defence practices prioritising and switching onto the most dangerous offensive threats while they are outnumbered in order to contain the offensive flow.

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Set up 2 adjacent boxes. Increasing the size of the boxes increases the difficulty for the defence. Begin with 2 defenders inside the boxes, free to move anywhere. A 3rd defender waits outside the boxes at the center line.


Offense > Defense

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  • 3 offensive players begin at the start line. They then pass the disc between themselves using regular Ultimate rules and staying within the outer boundary of the drill with the aim of reaching the finish line at the opposite end of the boxes.
  • Once the disc passes the half way line the 3rd defender enters the drill and remains in for the remainder of the drill, even if the disc goes back past the halfway line.
  • Defence aims to contain the offence until the 3rd defender arrives or until they can generate a turnover.

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  • Jodie Palmer says:

    This drill simulates the in-game scenario where the offense has broken through the cup and the wings and deep are now outnumbered and must try and contain the biggest offensive threats until more defensive help arrives.

    The aim for the defence is to practice prioritising and switching onto the most dangerous offensive threats while they are outnumbered, containing the offensive flow until the 3rd defender enters the drill.

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