Crash by Jodie Palmer
This is one of our "Defence" lessons
A crash occurs when an offensive player moves between the cup and the thrower. This generally happens from either the dump or an offensive player behind the cup.
What is a crash?
“Crashing” the cup is a term that refers to offensive players moving inside the cup to receive a short reset pass. Some teams can repeatedly take very short passes to advance the disc, so an effective cup defence will attempt to stop crashes. Remember that defenders other than the mark should remain further than 3m from the thrower to prevent a double team violation. However, this does not apply if another offensive player comes within 3m of the disc (i.e. while you’re actively guarding another defender and within 3m of them, then you’re allowed to go within 3m of the thrower and the double team rule does not apply). Because of all of this, what tends to happen is that a cup will stay 3m away from the thrower unless another offensive player runs into the cup, at which point one or more
In the example above, the offensive player attempts to get that small pass inside the Cup. Despite not seeing it till late, the Cup prevents any short pass, as well as very quickly returning to their original positions so as to not allow any easy passes through the Cup. Once the offensive player goes beyond the Cup it then becomes the responsibility of the Cup – Open Wing defender behind. This is a great example of clear communication and practice between the cup defenders knowing who takes responsibility for crashes.
Dealing with Crashing the Cup
When an offensive player crashes into the cup, the alley will move towards the thrower to deter the throw to the offensive crasher.
Crashing on a cut from behind the disc
Handlers from behind the cup might run into the cup to take short passes. We can stop this by having the alley intercept them; this works well because the alley is typically looking towards the disc, and can therefore see the cut develop and proactively deny it.
Crashing on a cut from behind the cup
When the cut into the cup comes from an offensive player behind the cup – called a “popper” – it will require the alley to use their peripheral vision and move towards the thrower, like this:
When the popper comes from the open side, the crash should look something like this:
In both situations, the alley moves on a straight line towards the disc to take away the space where the crashing offensive player wants to attack.
Common mistakes when crashing
It is important that the alley does not go off their line to try and stop the pass to the offensive crasher, as in Fig. 7. If this happens, the alley leaves a hole in the wall which the thrower can attack. A throw going through the cup is more damaging to the defence than a throw going to a crashing offensive player, so keeping the cup structure is always the first priority.
Also in Defence:
- Defensive Concepts
- Effective Marking
- Stopping the up line cut
- Choosing a shoulder
- Defending Cutters
- Defending Deep Throws
- Wall or Arrowhead
- Hybrid zones
- Defensive Strategy
- Establishing Defensive Priorities
- Person Defence – Marking Strategies
- Different Strategies and Techniques for Guarding the Dump
- Lull the opponent into a false sense of security
- Situational Defence
- Defending Vertical Stack
- Defending Horizontal stack
- Defending pull plays
- Defending the Endzone
- Sideline Trap
- Defending Sideline Huckers
- Pulling Strategy