Beach ultimate is a niche flavor of competition with a number of fun tournaments taking place all around the world. Running on sand is hard.
A good match-up in the finals between two powerhouse college programs.
And lastly for the day, catching! Great stuff from Rise Up.
Another good video from Rise Up, this time going over the forehand throw.
One thing for our players to note—Coach Wiggins releases his forehand throw with a flat disc. I teach you to “spill the cup of water” by dropping the outside edge before throwing. Both are right. Coach Wiggins (and other experienced throwers) released their forehand throws much flatter than newer players because veteran players have the snap down—they release the disc with enough of the right kind of force that their throws fly the angle they want.
When you are first starting off throwing the forehand however, you don’t have the right release yet. So you think about dropping that outside edge down so that the disc flies up and stays flat and true. As you throw more and get more comfortable with the forehand, you’re releases will naturally flatten out.
This video is part of a great instructional series (Rise Up ultimate) that we’ll be watching more of as a team over the season. Few know the science and mechanics of ultimate like coach Ben Wiggins.
We watched this video today in practice and I thought some of the players might want to share. This is Beau Kittredge, one of the best players in the history of ultimate frisbee, jumping over an opponent. Please note: this is not a regular occurrence in ultimate and speaks more to Beau’s killer athleticism more than anything else.
I also showed this picture of a summer league team that I captained when I lived in Boulder, Colorado back in 2002. If you look, you’ll noticed Beau standing on the left side of the image (second from the left). I’m standing in the middle holding up the disc and the number 1 symbol. It was Beau’s first summer in Boulder, no one knew who he was, and I ended up drafted him because he was tall (since I was also new and didn’t know anyone in the draft, I just picked the tallest available choice every round). Of course we won the tournament that year.
In ultimate, if a player performs a Greatest, he or she jumps into the air from in-bounds and catches and throws the disc back into the field of play in one motion before landing out of bounds. If that disc is caught by the player’s teammate, they keep possession of it. It’s awesome to see and even cooler when it leads to a score. Throw in a flying layout and you have this gem of a highlight: