Upfield Dump (“3H”) by Brummie

Another popular option is to place a dedicated handler in a cutting position, and to force the offence to reset the disc with a yard-gaining throw rather than losing yards by throwing backwards. This handler is often referred to as "3H" as they are the third handler in the set.

Many teams use an upfield dump as their primary endzone offence

Fig. 1: A vertical stack with an upfield dump, C

Fig. 1 shows a typical vertical stack set up with four dedicated cutters (in red) and three handlers (in blue). In this scenario, the player at the front of the stack C is a handler who can make small movements to generate separation from their defender to provide a downfield reset. Throwing to C cutting laterally not only gains yards, but also moves the disc along the width of the field, opening up new attacking angles; see Fig. 2

Fig. 2: lateral movement from C results in new angles of attack…

Fig. 2: …and sets up easy continuation options

For the sake of simplicity, we’ve shown the cuts made as straight lines. In truth, it’s useful to use concepts like Sealing the Lane to create areas where the defence has little to no chance of making a play, and so Combining cuts is vital. Since the 3H role is usually trying to generate continuation, the ideas of generating Power Position and Upfield Dump (“3H”) are important.

See The Undefended Channel and Lateral Cutting for more detail.

Team USA using 3H as an isolated end zone cutter

3H also acts as a fill role when the disc is near the sideline and the dump runs upfield; this is frequently seen in Triangle Reset

3H cuts back for the swing after the dump runs up the line


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