On Generating Spin

Reading r/ultimate this morning, there’s a question from someone struggling to generate spin on their short throws, and (so far) none of the replies has talked about the first thing I would say to a new player in this situation. So I’ll put it here (much more long-winded than I would say to a player face to face!) and find out if anyone agrees, or if I’m just out on my own on this one… Continue reading

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Dangerous Bids – USAU vs WFDF Rules

Charlie Eisenhood over at Ultiworld has posted just recently about his proposed solution to dangerous play, which is basically better enforcement and stricter punishments – the traditional response seen in all other sports. Continue reading

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What We Stand To Lose – and How We Must Respond

Self-officiated ultimate is the cleanest invasion sport in the world.

I’ve never had my shirt pulled in 20 years, playing at all levels. At WUGC this year, I saw a bit of bumping, a bit of wrapping on the mark, but in the whole tournament I probably witnessed less downfield contact than at a single corner kick in football (soccer if you must).

Take a look at this video:

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On Jacksonville and Serious Foul Play

The furore over a very dangerous bid by a Jacksonville player is very interesting. For one thing, it rather neatly emphasises (if such emphasis were ever needed) that referees do not stop appalling behaviour. We already knew that, of course… Continue reading

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On One-Handed Catches

You’re going to catch a disc that’s flying quickly past you to your right. It’s a stretch, and definitely will be one handed. Which hand are you going to use?

You might imagine that it’s simply the nearest hand; that the reason you need to be able to catch comfortably with either hand is so that you’re able to use the nearest limb to quickly reach out and grab. And perhaps sometimes that is the case – if someone throws it at you from a couple of yards away you just stick out a hand. But I’m interested in the ones where you have had the time to turn your body, such that neither hand is obviously much nearer to the disc¹. Continue reading

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The Plateau and The Brain

Kyle Weisbrod’s recent Ultiworld series on skill plateaux in ultimate is very interesting. Certainly it’s true that we all experience that feeling of stagnation pretty often as we progress through our careers.

And Kyle is bang on when he suggests that the feeling of hitting a plateau is caused by two things – by moving the goalposts on what we think we ought to be able to do by now, and by not understanding the variety of skill that is needed to be ‘consistent’. I won’t repeat all that he said – go read it if this introduction is too short to make sense to you.

But something else interesting to me is that hitting the plateau might sometimes be real. Continue reading

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