Hasami is the Japanese word for “scissors”, and this perfectly describes the principles of this innovative defence. Hasami is a method of sharing responsibility between multiple defenders.
Since Hasami is designed to keep the other team on the field, it prioritises preventing the quick score. Therefore, deeps set up deeper than any offensive players, and are tasked with preventing the huck; bear in mind that Japanese teams have traditionally suffered deep vs taller nations. Other defenders sit underneath their cutters, spreading a net around the offence and reducing throwing opportunities seen in traditional offences.
Narrowing the cutting lanes makes hucking more difficult, and makes the swing more appealing, and Hasami is designed to allow the swings, so when the disc moves laterally, the handler markers move across the field to narrow down the new attacking angles in a simple arrowhead formation. Hasami also makes extensive use of the Buzz Switch to contain handler movement, which is particularly effective against open side give and go moves.
- Keep the offence on the field for as long as possible
- Do not get beaten by the long throw
- Use team synergy to overcome an imbalance where the defence is overpowered by strong offence
- Stop the offence from running their set plays
- Fundamentally, Hasami is a person-to-person defence, not a zone. It is therefore vital that each defender has one offensive player to guard
- Relies on switches, poaches, and communication
- Allow swings
- Allow backwards throws
- Deny deep throw by ensuring that no offensive cutters are allowed to be deeper than the deep defenders
- Trap when appropriate; usually when the disc is in the corner
- Best deployed from a static situation, such as a bricked pull
- Expect to transition to another defensive set
The most important part of Hasami is communication; use voice & gestures to communicate which threats to take, and how players will keep changing responsibilities. Point to cutters that need to be guarded, and talk to your team mates about where cutters are. The better you communicate, the easier it will be to play defence and the more effective Hasami will be.
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