Itís hard to hit a player in stride
with a straight pass forward from a straight run. So good players often make
diagonal runs to be in position to pick up a straight through pass.
Diagonal runs are also timing runs.
Typically, they are directed at the gaps between defenders, but the passer
is usually not passing through the same gap used by the runner. Where the
run is made behind the back of a defender, it is called a blind side
Blind side diagonal
run, direct pass
A2 makes the run behind the
defense. A3 on the ball must release the pass before A2 goes offside. This
kind of pass is extremely effective when the opposing defense is playing
flat across the back, without a sweeper, or the sweeper is playing too much
in line with the other defenders.