1-3-2-1 offence

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Can anyone tell me of a good link to a rabbit wall offense? I can only seem to find links to defense. I am trying to find a good strategy to counter that defense.


You might have better luck searching for "zone offense" in general, as the same principles tend to apply across the board.

But the Ultimate Handbook has a pretty good (if somewhat facile) animation of an example zone offense (linked below -- listed as "1-3-3").

You can't help but laugh at how inept the animated defenders are; they get absolutely shredded in slow-motion. In real life, you'd most likely have to patiently and faithfully repeat lateral/crashing movements several times, but I can understand why they opted not to animate that particular drudgery ad nauseam.

Agreed, similar offensive strategies work with rabbit-wall as with cup-style zones.

There's a number of specific and things I tend to specifically think about when facing a
rabbit-wall, compared to the cup-style zone...

With the rabbit-wall, there's one less downfield defender, so you may be able to more
easily over-load the downfield defenders and get better/faster downfield options when
swinging. This also means you will have more downfield options, and less defenders to deal
with those options, when you DO get it over/around the wall.

This means that, because there are proportionately fewer downfield defenders, it's even
more important for the wall to move as a single unit across the field as the disc swings
and moves. Otherwise, any gaps in the wall can be less easily covered by the downfield
defenders, and so more easily exploited by the receivers.

For offensive strategy, the handlers' job is still the dump-swing, and the downfield
receivers can look for how the wall moves across the field, and work to overload the
defenders so that the number mismatch can be used to exploit the gaps in the wall. You'll
still likely make most of your downfield passes near the sidelines at the ends of the swings,
rather than through the wall-gaps, and these should also be easier to make because you
can more easily overload the downfield defenders because of your downfield player

Yes, you can (and should) do the same with a cup-style zone--that is, exploiting the gaps
as the cup runs across--but if the middle defender (some call it the mid-mid, others the
short-deep) and wing defenders are doing their jobs right, the receivers will usually be
better covered.

... and so, you guys in the walls or cups... better to run at a speed that keeps the whole
group together (even if slightly slower), than to sprint across and create those gaps.

Along with Zone-O, you'll find a wealth of information here:

Another option is to use a 2 Handler set, with 2 wings, 2 poppers, and 1 deep. This can be quite effective when you have 2 players that are particularly strong as handlers. Although you only have 2 designated handlers, your 2 wings can often fill in as handlers as well, which can really help open up field space. I've posted a link below for an overview.

Yes, and that's a great option too. Especially since you now have even one MORE downfield
person to further overload the defense.