Salmon Zone

I first experienced this type of zone playing against Sockeye. It was quite a gruesome experience. The UBC team also used a modified version of this which seemed to suit all of us quite well (at least it was better than the clam for us :). In honour of Sockeye, I call the person who chases and marks the disc the fish. (This zone has also been called a 1-3-2-1 zone, a 1-3-3 zone, or a rabbit zone not to be confused with our other rabbit zone.)

This zone is particularly devastating when the trap is set up as shown in the figure on the right. Thus, one of the goals of this zone is to force the disc to the sideline without giving up to much ground. If there's any kind of cross wind, then the fish should force the disc towards the sideline that is in the downwind direction. This makes getting the disc out of the trap situation even harder.

Note: strong-side = same side of the field that the disc is on. weak-side = opposite-side of the field that the disc is on.

After playing this zone almost exclusively now with my league team La Guarapachanga in the summer of 1997, we've come up with a slight variation. The idea is the same -- force the other team into a trap situation, but the set-up is slightly altered as shown in the figure below.

The main difference is that the person playing the weak-side position has a lot of flexibility and can either play up or back depending on the situation and how the other team has been beating you. It also puts a permanant player in the middle of the field, the middle-middle. This person now becomes responsible for positioning and communcicating with the short middle which is also very important. The final twist is that the short-middle will mark the disc and take away the dump in the trap set. The fish then cuts off the swing pass. This has the added advantage of giving the fish a bit of a break and making it easier for the fish to mark the disc once the other team gets out of the trap situation.

Endzone Set

When the disc gets to close to the endzone, the regular salmon set-up is not necessarily the best, because it does not collapse very nicely in the short space. However, without to much trouble, the zone can be reconfigured as follows:

It's not really important where everyone lines up in the line of four. The important thing is to have the right (or weak-side player) take one back corner and the deep take the other. This is done because next to the deep, the weak-side player should be able to cover the most ground and read plays the best. The line of four listens to the people behind them for directions. The player on the disc will mark the disc back towards the middle of the field. When the disc gets moved, the marker and the four defenders in a line will rotate much like the
wall zone. When leaving the wall to mark the disc, it is important to approach the disc cautiously, trying not to allow the thrower to throw to the space you just vacated, because the wall will need a few seconds to adjust.

This is still in its experimental stage, but I have played on teams where we have done a wall 1-4-2 set all the way down the field with much success.

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