Category Archives: Coaching Theory

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. … 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 … Continue reading

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Stop playing badly!

Why do we criticise a player? Why are we so negative about our team-mates’ mistakes? Because we’re idiots, and because we’re selfish. There is not a lot of evidence that punishing mistakes aids learning or improves performance, and much, much … Continue reading

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How to save energy: Run harder…

It sounds a bit counter-intuitive to say putting in more effort will save energy. But let’s discuss the best way to reduce the amount of running you need to do. A couple of weeks ago, I watched a player set … Continue reading

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I/O Turnovers – Part Two

Inside breaks are relatively hard. But do you find that I/O forehand breaks are even more challenging than I/O backhands? That’s certainly the impression I get, though I don’t have the stats to back it up. Jim Parinella mentions

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I/O Turnovers – Part One

When beginners throw inside breaks they often struggle to lead the receiver, regularly throwing it a full yard or more behind the cut. Even with more experienced throwers, you still see vastly more turnovers caused by putting the disc on … Continue reading

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