Offence – L Stack Isolation

The L Stack is a newer type of offensive strategy that has being used sparingly by few teams.   It’s very uncommon to see an L Stack for beginner teams and is best suited for experienced teams with a speed advantage.  A L Stack is exactly what it sounds like, a stack that is shaped like a L.  There are many ways to create a L Stack and this example below is just one way of using the strategy

The formation consists of 2-3 handlers back and then a stack of players that are slightly slanted and isolated from one side of the field.  The L Stack gives lane cutters and handlers a lot of space to cut on the field.  It’s almost like a vertical stack but with much more emphasis on having the cutting player isolated on one side.  The demonstration below shows a typical vertical stack turning into a L stack.

This L Stack above is actually just like a flooded stack.  In fact, it is good to treat the L Stack as a form of isolation.  Thus, a L Stack is best suited for athletic teams that prefer 1 on 1 match ups with lots of space to cut.  This is just a brief look at the L Stack but we’ll be following this up with another look at how the L Stack flows.  It’s meant to be a very dynamic stack that allows handlers and lane cutters to fill into each others position.

Key Points:

  1. Focus on isolating a space of the field for cutting and less on the formation.
  2. Players not in the lane must be viable options to keep poachers at bay.
  3. Handlers are encouraged to flow into the play and cut up field.
  1. 4 Responses to “Offence – L Stack Isolation”

  2. I like it. I’m seldom on squads with the athleticism to really want to use this O, but it’s great if you’ve got match-up advantages. Seems like you wouldn’t want to run it against a team that really incorporates a lot of poaching into their defense, especially in bad weather.

    By Bear Killer on Apr 6, 2009

  3. You’re right BK, poaching can really dampen the benefits of this offence. That being said, the best offence against poaching is to ensure every offensive player is a threat to get open. The lane cutters in the L and handler should really seize any opportunity to get open. This is another reason it’s for advanced teams, it’s really a free flowing offence where you need to work as a team and let whoever is in the lane to do their cut.

    By andreliem on Apr 6, 2009

  4. Is the force actually home? Looks like a home force according to the stack.

    By Denearo on Apr 2, 2011

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