Studying Sockeye’s Defense: Zones & Transitions

Transition zones helped stop hucks and create uncertainty.

Sockeye v. Doublewide.

This is the fourth and final article in a series on Seattle Sockeye’s defense from the 2018 club season.

In this final installment of a breakdown of Seattle Sockeye’s impressive defense last season, we take a look at some of the zones and transitions from zone into matchup defense that the team used to great effect.

Zone: 2-2-3

In this set, two handler defenders forcing towards each other, two “fronting” defenders forming a bracket around the front of stack player to prevent any quick lateral passes to him, and the other three defenders forming a large triangle poach on the remaining stack players. The effect is to overload areas near the disc, slowing down the offense while the rest of the defense can set up, preventing quick goals.

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  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).

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