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On Catching (Part IV) – Where to Clap?

As we saw from Brodie in a previous post, it’s possible to catch way out in front of you with a clap. There are lots of times when this might be correct – not least when the disc is going … Continue reading

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On Catching (Part III) – Clap Catch Hand Position

Here’s something I never really thought about until after I started writing this series of articles. I always enjoy finding new questions to ask, particularly when I find that experienced coaches disagree but there’s never been much discussion of it … Continue reading

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On Catching (Part II) – Quiet Catching

How far apart should your hands be when lining up a clap-catch? This sounds like a question with no single answer. It clearly depends on all sorts of factors like how windy it is, and of course how far away … Continue reading

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On Catching (Part I) – Clap Catch Basics

There’s much, much more to catching a disc than you probably thought when you started playing ultimate. I started writing an article about catching, which quickly became 4 articles, and then I realised that the piece on clap catching alone … Continue reading

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On Re-framing Dangerous Play

I’ve talked before about the differences between WFDF and USAU rules on dangerous play. But there are more fundamental problems common to both rulesets, and in my opinion we need to look at the whole question of dangerous play in … Continue reading

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The Logic of Playing 4 Women

There’s a default in most high-level mixed teams to play 4 men most of the time. The data in this useful article show that quite clearly. But continuing that default behaviour under the new rules would be foolish. It is … Continue reading

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