Zone O against a 1-3-3

One of the biggest struggles for beginner to intermediate teams is playing zone offense. For some reason a combination of change of pace, more throws, and open space can pose a lot of problems. On the other hand, for experienced teams, Zone O can be a easier than standard 1-1 when conditions are not too windy. In reality, it can be really simple to play effective Zone O for any skill level. The passes are usually shorter and easier to catch, but they require all the teammates to be involved. Whether that’s making space, swinging the disc, or crashing the cup, every player plays a role. Too often teams rely solely on handlers to dump and swing then huck. When in reality, it should be dump swing, pass to crashing wing, wing passes to another wing and so on. In particular with 1-3-3, the wings play a very important role as there is a lot of open space to work with.

The play below from illustrates how one crash of the cup can lead to some good flow up field.

  1. 3 Responses to “Zone O against a 1-3-3”

  2. This is really helpful, thank you!

    And what did you use to make the animation?

    By Guest on May 8, 2011

  3. Never mind, I found it. Haha nice. Thank you!

    By Guest on May 8, 2011

  4. Glad you found the animation helpful.

    By Andre Liem on May 8, 2011

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