This is a question that has popped up over the last few seasons and continues to occur. I have noticed as a gal, this tends to happen exclusively when girls are 'manning' another.
So, here is a situation: Say my team has the disc. We are trying to move the disc up the field. The other team is manning our players. As a player that is not handling, I am making cuts for the disc. My understanding is that the person who is guarding me can run with me and block any disc reaching me. The rules are a bit unclear, but this is how I have understood it. While this person can stay with me, they cannot block me from running to any place on the field. My experience has been that defenders that are blocking me stand about 1-3m in front of me and move to block where I want to run. Below is what I found from the rule book:
(1) When the disc is in the air a player may not move in a manner solely to prevent an opponent from taking an unoccupied path to the disc and any resulting non-incidental contact is a foul on the blocking player which is treated like a receiving foul (XVI.H.3.b).
(2) A player may not take a position that is unavoidable by a moving opponent when time, distance and line of sight are considered. Non-incidental contact resulting from taking such a position is a foul on the blocking player.
If I am on offense, I can legally run around them if they are stationary and if I run into them, they can call a foul, unless they are taking a position to prevent me from taking a certain path. So, if a person who is guarding another player is constantly blocking by moving and blocking a person from running to various spots that is not allowed right? Just want clarification and more opinions, b/c this happens all the time amongst gals (particularly the newer gals).
RE: Proper defense guarding