Pio is a 1-4-1 play we intended to run off the endline this summer but never used. This fall we put it back in but as a settled 6v6 look. We didn't score on it until the second tournament but we were close.

If all passes are on time and on target, there look is particularly ruthless because the initial flip suggests that nothing is really happening when in reality four players are getting ready to combine on two passes to a hands free shot.

Below you can watch footage of Denver running "Pio" thus our name for the set look.  

Our primary issue was we were passing the ball clockwise from the wing to X then carrying into the flip rather than moving the ball counter clockwise into the flip. You'll notice in this GIF how far away Aidan Stopperich is from X compared to the Denver version. This lengthened the first pass and the second pass which puts added pressure on the catch and shot because the crease defenders are able to recognize the situation and switch. If that pass is shorter and/or harder, we can certainly catch and shoot standing still similar to Berg if we recognize the crease defenders are switching.

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This is a fairly easy play to identify if a scout is available. However, no one knows what's happening in a club game until the second half at the earliest. It is critical to execute on one hitters the first time we run them before the defense can recognize