Hasami 7-on-7 by Moe Sameshima


A themed game playing Hasami defence

DefenceDefending CuttersDefending HandlersPoachingSwitchingThemed Game
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A thrower, A, stands 10m from the sideline marked by D1, who can apply any mark. Two other handlers, B and C, are spread across the field, guarded by D2 and D3 respectively.

Four cutters, E, F, G and H stand 10m deep from A, and approximately 8m apart, spread across the width of the field. Four defenders, D4, D5, D6 and D7, “sandwich” the cutters, with D4 and D5 stood between the cutters and the disc, facing D6 and D7. D6 and D7 stand deep of both cutters, facing the disc.


Depending on your team, but try to give everyone a chance to do everything so they understand what is required.

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  • Offence should come together and work out what they are going to do first.
  • Start with the disc on the goal line in the middle. The objective is to contain the initial plays, not necessarily get a block. Just make life difficult.
  • If the offence are flowing, or if the defence gets a block, go back and start again. The aim is to get lots of reps practicing Hasami.


  • Moe Sameshima says:

    The focus of this drill is to teach the defensive switching required. Therefore, the offence should start by making slower cuts than you would do in a game. Speed up as the defence gets more comfortable

    Hasami deeps should always be facing each other, and get your head up early to look for new options whenever a cutter changes direction

    Communication is vital! Be decisive about who is doing what

    It is not necessary to actually throw the disc; the thrower and marker are just there to provide the cutters with a realistic cue as to where they might cut to.

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