At summer league last night, a couple of our guys suggested running a traditional zone set (three people in the cup forcing middle, two wings, a short deep and a deep deep) with something called a "pully." What happens is that you have two combination short deep/middle middles (sd/mm). When the disc is on the right side of the field, sd/mm #1 is the middle middle of the cup, while sd/mm #2 is playing short deep in the center/left of the field. When the disc is swung to the left, the points chase, the former middle middle drops out to play short deep on the right side, and the old short deep comes in to play middle middle.
It was beyond eight guys who had never played together before, but I really liked the idea. It was also explained that the way you know which guy plays middle middle is that you set up two pairs consisting of a point and a sd/mm. So when the right point is marking, the right sd/mm becomes the middle middle in the cup. When the disc is swung to the left side of the field, and the left, side of the field, the left sd/mm comes up and fills in the cup. The middle middles only change when the person marking changes.
Does this make sense? I had never heard of this, so it must be some kind of Northeast or Midwest thing. I like it in theroy because I think you could create turnover oppourtunities with the switching in the middle of the field, especially in conditions where the offense might not necessarily get forced into making errors (i.e. low/no wind).
Does anyone else have any thoughts on this? Is it a high-level club defense I am not familiar with, or is it something that wouldn't work outside of the college/league level of play? How would you set it up in mixed?
Thanks. Happy to be here.