Monday, August 30, 2010

For Your Viewing Pleasure

2006 Rhino vs Justice League  Can you spot the coolest swing continuation of this decade by a one Seth Wiggins?

I am very very jealous of these kids: USAU Junior Team Camp

THE new game to play when you are not playing Ultimate: GritZ

Its ok rookie, the pros make mistakes too.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Truths About Ultimate

Every turnover is a thrower error.

You need to pass the disc to your teammates when THEY want you to, not when you want to.

If you are not actively pursuing a comprehensive strength and conditioning program, it is very likely that you are going to get injuried.

It is way better for the D to set up than for the O to set up.

The best way for a novice thrower to improve is for them to watch the body mechanics of great throwers and attempt to emulate what they see. Precise instruction does not work as way as careful and watchful plagiarism of total body form.

Thinking is bad. Allowing your body to do what it has been trained for is the way to unleash peak performance.

If you want to get a freshman out to practice, throw with them for 5 minutes and then give them the disc.

Drills lasting more than 10 minutes bore people.

Practices need to be hard.

If you forget why or how you love this sport so much, choose a practice or a tournament and try to be the very last person to leave the fields. Think for a bit about the way you feel out on that grass. Is that shop you are sitting on the same spot you got your last layout D?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Beating a Lower Level Team

The classy way to beat a far worse team is to open up the rotation but remain serious. This may be the first time your rookies get any PT - teach those rookies to play well, to play hard, whenever they step on the field. Also, it feels shitty to get stomped on by a bunch of goofs; if the teams were reversed would you want your opposition to be letting the thumbers fly at 12-5? No, you'd want to be taken seriously.

If you can't use a blowout to improve yourself, you need better coaching.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Get Some Football Cleats

The large majority of players on good, high level teams wear football cleats. The majority of players on low level teams wear soccer cleats. You do the math.

Think about it: a lot of soccer cleat R&D goes into making a good kicking surface - something we don't need at all. I played soccer in high school so I word what I had been wearing  untill my sophomore year of college when I tried on some Speed TDs and never went back.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Defense must turn the playing field into a battle field – an inhospitable place for offense to tread. They must make the offense uncomfortable. They must make the offense not want to be there – anywhere but on that line waiting for the pull and the ensuing onslaught. Make them worry; hem and haw. Make them be thankful to lady luck every time they score. Force them to huddle with each other and argue about how to crack the zone you are throwing. Make them pray that their team’s D line stays on the field so they don’t have to go back out there. Defense must parch the offense’s lips and empty their lungs and enlarge the lump in their mouth and fill their hands with the perspiration of desperation.

If you are not doing that when your team plays defense you are failing. If the O players look comfortable or in a groove you are just not doing your job.  Even if they are turning over the disc it’s very possible you are still failing. If you look closely, you can tell if they are flubbing it up or if you are actually earning it. Be very wary of the former: wins that you didn’t actually earn with pain and sweat don’t help build your team. Additionally, there is the ever present temptation to not analyze your performance simply because the result is a W.

Ask yourself: are we dictating to the other team or are we merely reacting?

Making the thrower uncomfortable

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Congradulations to team USA

Junior Worlds Champions!!

# 25  Eli Kerns
(Catches the greatest)

I taught him almost none of what he knows!

Check out YouTube for some really quality video of WJUC10

Lucky kids....