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Coaching Highlights: Vert Stack Handler Offense

There are 3 keys to getting open for a pass:

  • Spacing and positioning
  • Timing
  • Creating separation

I often see new coaches focus too much on creating separation, and not enough on positioning and timing.

The clip below from our Handler Offense (presented by Spin Ultimate) video package does a great job teaching the idea of where and how to position yourself as a reset cutter in a vert stack.

 

 
Coaching Highlights

0:41 - I love how Ben gives a tangible, teachable way to understand the shapes and spacing. He talks about creating cutting options, which is key to forcing defenders to choose which option they will take away.

 
2:11 - Rather than putting out cones for where to start, Ben chooses to train the habit of getting to the right position by randomizing where the disc starts from. This is SUPER game-realistic. Coaches should always be trying to teach game-realistic habits, not just having players 'run drills'.

 
2:52 - Classic teachable moment here. Rather than saying, 'that's wrong, you should be here', Ben reminds about the 'why' behind what's being learned and gives the player a chance to correct themself. This becomes an opportunity to learn for everyone AND empowers the player to make a decision themselves, rather than just taking orders.

The coaching takeaways:

  • Sequencing is important to learners. Think about teaching spacing and positioning BEFORE you teach timing and creating separation.
  • Always bring it back to 'the why'. Empower players to make decisions, don't just tell them what to do. 

Click here to learn more about Handler Offense, full episode list below.

Ep1: THE DUMP-SWING
Ep2: STATIONARY DUMP CUTTING (VERT STACK)
Ep3: HO STACK HANDLER CUTTING AND CLEARING
Ep4: THE MOMENT OF THE CATCHING (IMPROVING YOUR HANDS)
Ep5: MOTION DUMP CUTTING FROM THE SIDELINE
Ep6: GIVE-GO MOVES
Ep7: PRACTICING GIVE-GO MOVES
Ep8: RECEIVING AND ATTACKING FROM DISHY CUTS 
Ep9: THE 3-MAN GAME: VERT STACK HANDLER MOVEMENT
Ep10: HANDLER MOVEMENT AFTER A DOWNFIELD THROW

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