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Author Topic: Drills for teaching offense against a zone?  (Read 20470 times)
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« on: January 31, 2007, 10:44:52 PM »

I'm not sure if this should go here or development.  Where do discussions of training drills go?

So I'm coach of a team of a relative newcomers, and we're learning zone defense for the first time, both how to play it, and how to play AGAINST it.  The basic zone we're working on is a cup, because it's what we see most of here in Tasmania, and most of the team has grasped the actual cup concept (and how to work against it) quite well.  But I'm having trouble explaining what the players behind the cup (both O and D) do.  How the poppers should be cutting, where the wings should be cutting.  At least, I can explain it, but it's very difficult to get a team of beginners to implement it properly.  Usually when this happens, I turn to a drill that will run through the skills required, but I can't come up with a drill for this.

So, is there any appropriate drill, for any number of players, that mimicks poppers running through the cup, and working together as a pair? 

(Does this make sense? I probably have different names for everything, not being an american.  I hope you understand what I'm trying to say...)
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2007, 03:33:48 PM »

I am the captain of a relatively new team and we had to teach eleven new players how to play zone in the beginning of this year. One of the main things we did to help them get how to play, is break down zone into different parts. We broke the team into two and taught one half offense and one half defense and ran through it a few times slowly. Then we switched and taught the other half and ran through it again. Since then, to work on specific positions, we've run through it with variations of only certain parts. For example- we had handlers, a cup, and only poppers or only wings. I've found focusing on one specific position has been the an effective method.
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2007, 01:41:17 PM »

I good drill that we use is to get in a circle (or two if you have a lot of people) and put three people acting as a cup in the middle. Now you just play catch for a while trying to break the mark of the cup. (One cannot throw to the person directly next to him). Other than that, this works on breaking the cup and setting up a really tight cup...

You can come up with your own rotation, but for us: if you make a bad trow or your throw is D'd, you must join the cup and somebody from the cup takes your place.

Simple and effective..
Pretty relaxing start/end to a practice.

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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2007, 05:55:38 AM »

The team I'm playing with at Hat has some newbies on it, who don't know zone. What my captain did was to split the team in half, with one half playing O and the other playing D, and getting everyone to mimic what happens in a real zone.

It was with about ten people, so we had three people swinging, but holding on to the disc long enough for the new guys in the cup to work out how to hold the formation, and we'd stop occasionally and tell them to close off gaps or to keep their hands low. We told the new guys playing wing to look for flow - that is, if a pass is going to one side of the field, the wing should run down the line towards the intended receiver, hopefully getting there before the cup and open enough to receive a quick pass.

Poppers we told to work in tandem - one popper pops in on one side of the cup, trying to get the players in the cup to bunch up and create a gap on the opposite side of the cup wall, which the second popper then runs in to.

Deeps didn't really do much, but then, in my experience, deeps never really have to.

If your team is new, and playing people who are roughly on their level, then the best tactic for you would be getting your group of kiddies to handle more confidently and to be patient, because to beat a zone really all anyone has to do is be patient and keep moving the disc.

Real game experience is the best teacher, but lacking that, just simulate it with your team.

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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2007, 10:56:09 PM »

If you have good deeps, they will be doing something. They can draw away defenders, switch places with the poppers, act as a continuation...For example, we have one play where the poppers cut deep and the deeps come in, confusing the defense and providing open players that the short deep isn't anticipating since both poppers are moving away. Sometimes they can play back up to the poppers. Also, depending on just how windy and the direction of the wind, hucks and even semi-long throws can go up.
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2007, 01:53:18 AM »

Joe,

talk to Tania and Basil who did the Level 1 coaching course. It included 3 drills for zone offense.

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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2007, 07:00:36 PM »

Already done, Owen.  I did it as soon as they got back. Smiley
It's a real pity I couldn't make it... hopefully the next one.
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