Thursday, June 10, 2010


sorry for the lack of posts lately. i might try to start posting again now that club season is upon us and exciting things are happening (or so usa ultimate tells me). i'll start off with some links to tips on marking. personally i prefer having some space when i'm marking so i have more time to react and less chances to foul. a lot of people would rather play a physical mark and slow the game down with fouls though. it certainly works for some people, but not me. one thing i'm trying to work on is varying the distance between me and the thrower during the count to be less predictable (and not bail people out late in the count). it's important to put pressure on the thrower late in the count and take away as many throws as possible while not being close enough to foul, and that's a tough balance to find.
next week: zone defense

[link] - the huddle - some more advanced tips on marking
[link] - disc thoughts - marking and team defense
[link] - cultimate opinion - marks and breaks
[link] - ultimate thoughts - marking (comments on ben wiggins' seminar)
[link] - ultimate thoughts - the static side of marking
[link] - ultimate thoughts - the dynamic side of marking
[link] - ultimate thoughts - the importance of marking
[link] - ultimate thoughts - the importance of a mobile mark
[link] - ultimate thoughts - improving mobility on the mark
[link] - ultimate thoughts - eliminating the holes in your mark
[link] - ultimate thoughts - spacing during the mark
[link] - ultimate thoughts - staying balanced on the mark
[link] - ultimate thoughts - emotional defense and the mark

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

where's the disc?

scobel wiggins - solstice 2009

scobel wiggins - potlatch 2009

uhl - lei out 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010


one thing i'd like to try to do more this season is to pay attention to what gives me problems on offense/defense and apply them on the other side. for example, if you're having trouble getting open against someone, what exactly is the reason? is the defender in a position that makes you feel like there aren't any open cuts? look for things that s/he is doing differently from other defenders and try to use them on your next defensive possession. learn the techniques that give you trouble, and use them against your opponents.

when you're on defense and someone is constantly getting open underneath or getting you off balance with fakes, what is he doing to trick you? is he just faster than you, or is his strength in deception? if you are having trouble guarding someone, it's probably because he's doing things that you're not used to seeing. rather than get frustrated about getting beat, learn from it. if you learn how to use cuts that would fake yourself out, i guarantee you will be able to use them against someone else. you will also get a better understanding of how to defend those cuts when you see them again. the same goes for the other side: if you learn the best ways to defend yourself, you'll be able to defend other people better, and you will eventually figure out how to cut effectively against it.

[link] - upa - the new score reporter
[link] - thinkulti - throwing around a defender: the 11 yard throw

matt lane - upa club championships 2009 photo gallery

Saturday, January 30, 2010

defense part 2

next week: marking

[link] - force flick - handler defense
[link] - thinkulti - marking the dump
[link] - adam raty - defending the dump
[link] - the huddle - defending a hucker
[link] - thinkulti - sophisticated forces
[link] - the huddle - team defense
[link] - the huddle - the up call
[link] - the huddle - using defensive matchups
[link] - gcooke - disguising your defense
[link] - frisbee spew - defense in the air
[link] - cultimate - baiting strategies
[link] - ultimate thoughts - using your best D players effectively