When do I throw long?

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I'm slowly gaining more confidence as handler but I have yet to throw a long one to a player. I really want to but there's always a 50/50 chance that the receiving player will be poached by another player. My question is: When is the best time to throw long when mid-field? (Especially for a handler who is only 75% sure about their throws).

You might get more of a response to this in the General forum, but I'll give you some

thoughts here.


The easy answer is to throw long when you've got the opportunity (so long as that's not the

only move in your team's repertoire, but it doesn't sound like that at all).


Some advice I can give from the perspective of a pretty good Deep player in zone D, is

don't throw to somebody who's standing still, no matter how open they look, don't throw

directly at a

receiver at all really. This is true in many cases, but is especially true when the

receiver is deep. When I'm covering Deep, I make sure the receiver looks open, I get 80% of

my D's by throwers throwing directly at recievers. Unless the pass is a perfect, fast arcing

throw, generally, because the disc has so far to travel, the D will be able to get to the

receiver before the disc. Not only will he get there before the disc, but he'll be at full throttle,

and much more likely to be able to jump higher and block the throw.


When throwing long, you're going to want to throw to the open space. Preferably to the space

that's open and away from the defense. If your receiver is 15 feet from the deep, and you

make the receiver run away from the D to get the disc, the D is going to have to win a foot-

race with a huge disadvantage. It's easy to run 15 feet before the disc arrives, but next to

impossible to make up 15 feet on a running receiver before the disc arrives.


Communication is really good too. If you talk to your receivers before the point, and they

know that you'll be looking long occasionally and to open space, you'll only need to make eye

contact during the point, and they'll know what you're going to do. They may make a slight

nod, or point subtly in the direction they want you to launch it, and then when you do blast it

long, they'll have an advantage over the D as they are expecting just that throw.


Finally, I'd recommend that you not make it too obvious what you're going to do. Whether

the D is manning or zoning, when the D is that far from the play, they will likely be watching

the handler for cues as to what he's going to do. Many people get this dreamy 1000 yard

stare in their eyes when they're looking long. A good D player will pick up on this, lick his

lips, and start moving for the huck, before it's thrown. If you're a little more subtle, you'll

have a better chance of catching the D off guard.