Class Excerpt | Braking on the Crossing Pass Form

Ron & Epic do a little Tuesday Afternoon Disc Quan Do laying out some practical advice and practical application of the Yellow Belt Crossing Pass Form. Stopping the dog after the Front Cross provides additional context and understanding of the Form and highlights the Flatwork Process concept covered in DiscDogger Weekly #23.

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The Crossing Pass Form

The Crossing Pass Form is a Yellow Belt throwing form that teaches the handler how to handle a dog into a Passing maneuver in a purposeful manner while delivering understanding of how general flatwork and team movement work.

The form is super simple. Move the dog deliberately into a clockwise Pass utilizing a Front Cross from a distance and follow that up with a counter clock Pass that starts with a Front Cross. While it is devastatingly simple it is a real brain breaker when forced into a this then that situation.

The component elements of this skill are in your toolbox, you do at least 1/2 of this form all the time. The trouble comes in with the understanding of exactly what you are doing and in adding in the opposite direction. Putting yourself into this sticky situation and learning how to handle it is a tremendous asset when it comes to competence in flatwork and on field troubleshooting in the heat of the competitive moment.

Breaking Down the Form

Taking this throwing form to the field is pretty tough. Reading the dog’s release after catch and setting up the proper entry into the Front Cross is a bit of a mind job, especially on the fly. Having the practical understanding of the throwing form makes this job a bit easier, but it’s still no picnic when adding the dog.

If you do happen to read the dog, you still have to wrangle the dog into the Front Cross and deliver the throw in the proper Passing direction, clock or counter.

Breaking down the form in the middle provides a real nice rally point which the dog, handler and team can fall back on to collect their thoughts and get their bearings, reinforcing a thoughtful and purposeful Passing maneuver.

Putting On the Brakes

Putting on the brakes in mid-Pass is a flatwork exercise on it’s own. The dog should follow the handler – your dog should follow you – and should stop when you stop even though the pattern and situation is well set up for automatic execution. Autopilot is great, until it’s not…

To apply the brakes from the Front Cross, simply step forward towards the dog and offer Basic Standing Position (BSP) that counters the dog’s movement and direction. Applying the brakes like this also just so happens to set you up for a textbook Pass from the Front Position.

Tying It Into the Flatwork Compass

After applying the brakes, the dog, handler and team should be in BSP just like the Flatwork Compass. All that is left to do is execute the Pass – on the handler’s terms.

This connection between the Crossing Pass Form and the Flatwork Compass form is talked about all the time in our Disc Quan Do classes, but talking the talk is not the same as walking the walk.

A few reps of this Broken Crossing Pass Form will help any jammer better understand the forms and have more competence in practical disc dog flatwork.

Classes Ongoing – Tuesday Afternoon and Friday Evenings

This lesson was pulled from this week’s Tuesday Afternoon zoom class and is a typical class experience if we’re meeting while the sun is up.

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Kris & Otto Flatwork Compass

Kris & Otto work the Flatwork Compass in preparation for their first Fly Chi Flow form. The Flatwork Compass features prominently in Team Movement as a traffic signal of sorts for larger scale play and transitions from the Big Game of long throws and flatwork patterns and the Inside Game with the dog on top of the handler.


  1. We should try this Broken Crossing Pass Form. Additionally, it doesn’t reinforce high speed coming back like typical Passing Form, I think.