Posted by andreliem on
May 16, 2011
One of the most common pitfalls for teams is getting stuck on the sideline. It doesn’t take much for a good defensive team to pin an offensive player on the sideline and start the panic mode. We’ve all been there, you’re a handler who’s received a swing pass, or a lane cutter getting a pass near the side line. The wind is blowing hard against you, it’s freezing cold, and the defensive mark is almost forcing straight up.
In these times, you need to remember you have 10 stall counts, probably 9 by the time you think about it. The important thing is not to panic… if you’re not an experienced handler or don’t have an immediate up the line pass, square up with your handlers and stay committed to them instead of facing up field.
The illustration below shows how two handlers can cut off each other to provide an easy dump swing pass to create break side flow. Watch the play below and keep reading after for some notes.
This play works well because the handler dump cuts are reversed and less expected. Typically, the defensive player 2 will try to stop the up line pass and so has to follow player 2 up the line. This creates a quick opportunity for offensive player 3 to make a dump cut when the defensive player 3 is not in the best position. The key part is this cut, if the offensive player waits too long their defense will adjust and make this cut much harder. The handler (1) might have a hard time making what looks like a simple dump pass. So to help, the handler (1) should fake the throw to (2) so the mark bites on the pass. Once (3) receives the disc, (2) can reverse across the field for a break side pass. This should open up a decent gainer up field.