Sealing the lane is the task of proactively taking a position which blocks off your defender *before* making a cut; for the same concept *after* the disc has been thrown, see Boxing Out.
The same technique can be used when cutting towards the disc; if a cutter cuts deep (Fig. 1) before turning to cut underneath (Fig. 2), they can establish position to prevent their defender from being able to defend the open side (Fig. 3). Using this method allows the cutter to legally prevent the defender from making a play on the pass, “sealing the lane” from the defender.
There are other scenarios; the example below is rather extreme. The initial thrower moves away from the disc, blocks off his defender, then cuts again for the disc.
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Also in Essentials:
- Making Cuts
- Sealing the Lane
- Milking the disc
- Jink Cuts
- Lateral Cutting
- Combining cuts
- Isolating defenders
- Engaging Defenders
- Timing Cuts & Setting up Continuation
- Handler-led vs Cutter-led Offences