Hasami by Moe Sameshima

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 […]

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  • Victor Maielo says:

    Are there different patterns when playing other offensive looks?

    • Brummie says:

      Hi Victor.

      The same principles apply regardless of the offensive formation. Horizontal stack happens to be the offence which shows off Hasami best.

      Vertical stack: collapse closer in to the stack, forming a “box”

      Split stack: put defenders in front and behind of each stack.

      Side stack: defenders in front and behind the side stack, with two others in the lane to contain cuts to space

      Do let me know if you have any further questions.



  • Victor Maielo says:

    Thank you Brummie. I’ll try to implement it with my team here in Brazil. I love the idea of playing help defense. It requires a lot of communication and I really want people to get used to it.
    I understand that it can be diffucult to orchestrate some switches or positions since my team plays mixed division but we’ll give it our best

  • Victor Maielo says:

    Just as a follow-up, our team practiced and tested this defense during a tournament in Argentina in April. It was awesome. Yes, we did have bad moments but mostly because of people not following the plan and overdoing their position. When we had players that participated in more practices and were more team oriented, wow, it was beautiful.

    I strongly recommend this defense for teams that have trouble with communication skills because it forces people to communicate A LOT. And I also recommend it to teams that struggle with following team plan and strategy, with what I personally call hero mode (where one player thinks he or she needs to be the hero and solve all the problems alone). Last but not least, I recommend it because it works!

    Thank you for sharing!

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