It has been awhile since my last post. Life went up and got really busy for me. Anyways, I figured I would write a quick one on how to defend against the dump. I have seen entirely too many players use this time to rest and catch their breath. At the elite level, resets are thought of as almost a given. There is no reason why a thrower shouldn't be able to hit one of their two dumps within the 6-8 seconds they have. However, you guys are not playing at the elite level, thus defending the dumps really well could completely shut your opponents down. I guarantee if you work on this points you will drive teams crazy and get lots of turns.
So the first thing to ask here is, What cut do I want to take away? This answer is obviously the up the line cut, or "oven" cut. To prevent this, just like we would prevent a down field cutter, is to put your body between them and the spot. So if you are defending the dump on the breakside of the thrower, you want to be on the up field side of them. You should be touching them (arm up against their hip, shoulder even or in front of theirs). You want to be on your toes and bouncing a little so that your ready to move as soon as the cutter is activated. The key is to keep your shoulder in front of your defenders as they try to go for the oven cut. Don't be afraid to get a little physical here. If they release to take the dump, continue with contact and layout only if you have a play, otherwise take the outside line and make sure you are ready to mark so there are no easy swings.
Bravo does a "play" called team D. Basically anytime the disc is on the sideline the dump defender can take away the up the line cut while the mark can take away the dump pass. This is very effective if run correctly.
I know this one was pretty vague and had a lot of holes in it, but I have shit to do. As always, ask me any questions you have.
I am looking forward to playing against you guys. See you on the 6th