Studying Sockeye’s Defense: Poaching & Switching

Sowing confusion.

Seattle Sockeye defends in the redzone during the 2018 National semifinals. Photo: Greg Pettus —

This is part two in a series on Seattle Sockeye’s defense from the 2018 club season. 

As ultimate strategy has continued to mature, top teams are beginning to borrow concepts from other sports. First there was just matchup coverage, mano a mano. Then came zones. After the development of looser junk defenses, more teams started running transitions from one type to another during a point. In recent years, there has been an explosion in switching defensive schemes, following the lead of the National Basketball Association, where switching inside of one-on-one defenses has become the norm.

Today’s article will take a look at the poaching techniques and some of the basic switching utilized by Sockeye, and next week we will dive deeper into their more complex switching and rotations.

Studying Sockeye’s Defense: Poaching & Switching is only available to Ultiworld Subscribers

Subscribe to Ultiworld

Already have a subscription? Log in

Whether you visit Ultiworld for our reporting, our podcasts, or our video coverage, you can help us continue to provide high quality content with a subscription. By becoming a subscriber, not only do you receive benefits like exclusive articles and full article RSS feeds, you also help fund all of Ultiworld's coverage in general. We appreciate your support!

  1. Sion "Brummie" Scone

    Sion "Brummie" Scone coached GB Open from 2010-2012, and also coached the GB World Games team in 2013, and the u24 Men in 2018. He has been running skills clinics in the UK and around the world since 2005. He played GB Open 2007-12, and GB World Games 2009. He lives in Birmingham, UK. You can reach him by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter (@sionscone).

TAGGED: , , , , ,


More from Ultiworld
Comments on "Studying Sockeye’s Defense: Poaching & Switching"

Find us on Twitter

Recent Comments

Find us on Facebook

Subscriber Exclusives

  • Club Season Primer 2024: Women’s Division
    article with bonus content
  • Club Season Primer 2024: Men’s Division
    article with bonus content
  • Club Season Primer 2024: Mixed Division
    article with bonus content
  • Huckin’ Eh: Regionals Recaps, BC Seniors Regionals Preview
    podcast with bonus segment