Some perspective: We didn’t even hold our first practice last year until April 28th, eight days from now. By the time April 28th of this year clicks over, we’ll be having our eighth practice of the season! All of that extra gym time, throws, and catches are really going to show once we get a chance to run around on the grass. The gym felt a little cramped at times, but it was awesome having the inside air to build confidence with our throws.
A reminder—the next practice is this Thursday and will be held in the Falmouth High School gym. This is OUR LAST INDOOR PRACTICE!!! While we might end up inside sometime due to rain, all of our regularly scheduled practices are outside on the grass. Full field games. Long hucks. Wind! It’s going to be great.
Parents and players—it can be cold and rainy this time of year. Please make sure to dress properly once we get outside. Cold hands cannot catch the disc.
Jerseys are ordered! We’ll be rocking FIVE Ultimate shirts. That’s the brand, not the number of shirts we’ll be wearing. That would be ridiculous.
I’ll leave you with this high level game between San Francisco’s Revolver and Japan’s top club team the Buzz Bullets. Players—check out Beau Kittredge on Revolver.
Chloë Rowse, the Falmouth Alum who is running an ultimate frisbee camp this summer through the Falmouth Rec. Dept., is playing with the U23 Women’s Nationals team this year. I thought it’d be cool to share a U23 game, though Chloë is not in this one (we’ll share her games as soon as they start popping up on the net).
We watched a fun video in practice today with Brodie Smith, one of the top players in ultimate and maybe the top guy in frisbee trick shots. Here’s part two.
Something tells me that we’re going to have a lot of scuffed up discs at the next practice. 😀
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: