Offence – Horizontal Flood Out

This play, the  Horizontal Flood Out, demonstrates how easy it is to create space on the field if players work together.  This play is very accessible to all skill levels but it should be used in rotation as the defence can catch on to this one quite easily.

The general idea behind the horizontal flood out is to have one pair of lane cutters cut deep (6 and 7).  In this play, the lane cutters on the open side are cutting deep.  When the two lane cutters are half way down their cut the inside cutter (5) from the other pair should cut to the open side.  With the amount of open space available, the inside cutter (5)  should be able to get open even with a defender marking this side.   Once this lane cutter receives the disc, the other inside cutter (6) that struck deep should reverse cut back in.  This reverse cut should be easy if the defender is covering the deep throw.   Following the 2nd inner lane cutter receiving the disc, the opposite lane cutter (4) cuts up field right away to receive a break force throw.  Although this is a break force throw, lane cutter (6) should could have a second or two when the defending mark is not there.   The last step involves lane cutter (7) striking to the endzone on the breakside.

The animation above demonstrates how easily this play can be run.  Like any play, there is a lot of freedom to improvise given specific circumstances.  Here are a few examples of alternate plays that can be executed.

Scenario 1 – The defenders are not covering the deep lane cutters:  This is simple, the handler should either huck it deep to the lane cutters or should pass it to lane cutter 5 to huck it deep.

Scenario 2 – Player 6 cannot make the break force throw to Player 4:  Player 5 could make an easy dump cut for a nice flip pass.  This could be followed by another pass to Player 7.

Scenario 3 – Player 7’s endzone cut is covered on the break side:  Player 7 should reverse to the open side for an easy pass or provide a dump cut.

Key Points:

  1. The first two cuts are the most important part of this play and must be viable deep cuts.  That means your handler should be able to huck the full field.
  2. Lane cutters must be comfortable with throwing as soon as they receive the pass, this can make the break force throw an easy non marked one.
  3. This play is easy to poach on, just reverse the cut while other players keep out of the way.

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