- Paddle up to the disc; do not reach for it.
- Know the rules.
- Pass effectively: throw the disc well ahead of the target. Consider placement of defenders before throwing.
- Spread out your team's boats.
- Short, accurate throws are almost always better than long throws that can end up in the opposing team's possession.
- Don't give up on a play. Paddling aggressively back into a play can throw off the other team's gameplay when they feel pressured.
- Throw inside the curve.
- Turn and accelerate often or unpredictably.
- Charge and hard count the thrower or the receiver. A little intimidation can force an error.
- Take the time to look before throwing. Your team will be paddling to give you good targets.
- Communicate. Simple phrases like, “I'm open left side” or “Not to me” can help teammates make good plays.
- Dig hard. Every throw is a race, and endurance matters.
- Have a player in a defensive "anchor position". This provide a safe place to pass back to and a fast responder if a turnover occurs.
- When on defense, take position to steal the disc in the event of an overthrow.
- When on offense, have players on opposite sides of the goal to pick up misses.
- Use your paddle to safely disrupt plays. Your paddle can block vision, alter throw paths, and knock down airborne discs.
- Get open. Teammates should maintain spacing and use boat screens to give the thrower options and stretch the defense.
- Play within the thrower's limits. Being out of their range makes the defense's job easier.
- Call out your throws to your target. Remember, they may not see where the disc went.
- Learn how to “pit” other types of boats. Learn how to use a pit attempt against you to get pushed to the disc.
- Learn about your opponents' abilities and playstyles. Use this knowledge to counter them.
- Find your team's strengths and weaknesses.
- Team boat composition. Short boats are highly maneuverable; long boats are fast, etc.
- Don't shy away from impacts. Willingness to make contact, both offensive and defensively, can have a profound impact.
- Field position can be as important as possession. If the team is back on its heels and has no offensive outlet, a distance throw to reset the situation may be the best option.
- Plan further than your next play. Throw to a target that has an option other than yourself, then become a target for that person.
- Blitz defenses can work to create errors by getting friendly paddlers amongst the other team before they have momentum.
- Draw them out of position. Fake charges to get behind the defense can have as great an effect as an actual deep charge.
- Block multiple opponents when you can; this kills momentum and lets teammates use the area as a screen.
- Practice turning to increase stationary turn speed and turn speed while in a race.
- Know how and when to paddle backwards.
- Practice throwing and discuss plays and strategies together.
- Know how to do a two person ladder attack. This is most commonly used to stretch the field during a breakaway.