Posted by andreliem on
July 5, 2009
While vertical and horizontal offense are the primary styles of strategies teams have adopted, there is still the “mythical” German offense that you hear about. It was a lot more common to hear people talk about German offense a few years ago but we thought it would be interesting to post an article about how your team could use this strategy to confuse opponents. That being said, this article is just our interpretation of what German offense can look like.
The idea behind German offense is to isolate players and throw to space. If you take this as the foundation, it is not far off from any offensive strategy. Any good team will strive to isolate one player in an one on one situation and throw to open space to lead the receiver. So what makes German offense a strategy is that you can apply this to every single pass, and really “isolate” each player. Instead of having players in a stack, consider having every player except for the receiver flood out. The next step is that the handler should throw to a space they want the receiver to go to. The example below shows how you could use this strategy in the endzone.
In this play, you start from a vertical stack and each of the lane cutters flood out of the way hopefully drawing in their defenders. The remaining offensive player has the entire center field to move around. They should cut in any direction and the handler can then throw a nice hammer, or any type of throw, to open space for the receiver to run onto. This should be very easy for the receiver as they have both the break and open side to work with.
While this example illustrates one strategy for the endzone it would likely be a different setup for the rest of the field. For example, instead of having the lane cutters flood out, they could all be in horizontal formation. The only difference is that the lane cutters must keep to the side lines to really isolate the one lane cutter. Once the lane cutter receives the disc, they could repeat this strategy with the next lane cutter.
- Other lane cutters must keep their defenders out of the throwing lanes.
- The handlers must be very strong and be able to break force and throw over the top throws to space. This would include hammers, scoobers, high release backhand/forehands etc…