Lateral German Throwing by Brett Matzuka


Limiting the ability of the cutter forces the thrower to be more creative; this drill will teach throwers to identify space and select an appropriate throw

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A thrower, A, stands just outside the endzone, marked by D1. A receiver, B, stands around 8m away in the middle of the field, defended by D2. Mark out two reception areas with cones, 8-12m away from B on either side.

“German” in this context means a thrower-led option where the target isn’t actively cutting, but rather the throw goes up to space and the receiver reacts to it


D1 > A > D2 > B

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  • Brett Matzuka says:

    You’ll need to ensure that your throw sits long enough for B to reach it, but make sure it stays at a catchable height

    Remember that the marker cannot see what’s happening behind them; use your fakes to move the marker and create a throwing lane

    B has an important job too; holding position against D2 by Sealing the Lane to prevent D2 from being able to make a play

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