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Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Commentary, Featured, Strategy | 0 comments

It’s the Time Cap, Stupid

It’s the Time Cap, Stupid

 

One mistake I see some coaches and captains make managing their teams is not doing a good enough job planning in advance of time caps (particularly hard caps).

There are a number of issues that need to be managed with regards to caps (especially in ‘must win’ games). A couple of the perhaps more obvious examples are:

  • Using timeouts to delay for the cap if your team is ahead
  • Minimizing time between points if your team is behind and the cap is looming

I wanted to discuss two situations in particular I have found many teams mishandling when running into caps in must win games.

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Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Commentary, Strategy | 0 comments

Ultimate Goal Line Stands

Ultimate Goal Line Stands

 

As usual, the term ‘Monday morning quarterback’ is apropos this week after the Seahawks’ decision to throw the ball on the goal line at the end of Super Bowl 49. Understandably so I guess, though most people only second guess calls that don’t pan out. I found this article (“Game Theory Says Pete Carroll’s Call At Goal Line Is Defensible”) in the New York Times today to be more interesting than some of the repetitive droning about how dumb a call it was. However, the article leaves out an important caveat to the situation at hand. With each possible choice for Pete Carroll on the goal line, what was the worst thing that could happen?

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in Products | 0 comments

MPFPT Puts Out Module Zero for FPT

MPFPT Puts Out Module Zero for FPT

 

I wrote a review earlier of Morrill Performance FPT here.

Tim has since added a free video (and an updated webpage/site) that has some great content. The video (module zero) lays out a lot of great information about training for ultimate as well as answering some questions about MPFPT. I highly recommend you check it out www.mpfpt.com

For those of you considering purchasing FPT, I’m told you can still use the code pulleddisc10 to get 10% off (packages only).

Let me know if you have any questions or run into any issues with that code.

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Commentary, Skills and drills | 0 comments

Check Your Angles

Check Your Angles

 

As I’ve mentioned in some of my work, I find a lot of players struggle with release angles when they work on advanced throwing techniques (hucking, upwind hucking, scoobers, etc.). Players also fail to appreciate the release angle (even if slight) many players use to execute flat 40 yard throws (hint, it isn’t flat).

To talk about this further, I wanted to add a few thoughts to Elliot Trotter’s “Scoober of Justice” video (trademarked throwing name,  you gotta appreciate style…).

 

 

Props to Elliot for taking the time to put this out there, and I agree with much of what he says. I’m pretty sure Eliott is aware of the following points.

Let’s set aside the ‘helix scoober of justice’ he talks about at the end of the video. Here are two photos of Elliot demonstrating the need to hold the disc with more vertical tilt (these were the most vertical examples in the video, I believe).

 

Angles scoober 1

angles scoober 2

 

I think many viewers would think that the angle in the photos above (about 35 and 45 degrees) would be more than enough for the throw he executes.

So what happens in his ‘live’ release?

 

angles scoober 3

angles scoober 4

 

Significantly more vertical tilt. Probably about 65 degrees. Now, I’m not trying to nitpick Elliot here, he does a very good job indicating the importance of vertical tilt when throwing scoobers for distance.  I just wanted to use this as an example of how easy it is for players who are learning new skills to assume something is correct based on how they view the throw or how they view a coach’s presentation (and yes, I realize this includes their interpretation of my work as well). We have players seeing hucks fly flat who then try to throw hucks with a level release, therefore not accounting for the phsyics of disc flight (or the physics of their own movement).

As I discuss here and here, even when players understand they need to tilt the disc at a certain angle, they often lose that angle when they try to execute the throwing motion. Hopefully I have laid out some tips in those links to help coaches, captains, and players troubleshoot this issue.

So check out Eliott’s video (it’s good stuff) and check your own release angles. What other interesting release ‘hacks’ can you learn from freeze framing top throwers? For a starting point, here are a couple freeze-frame, huck releases that I used to help a player who was working on throwing for distance.

 

brody flick huck invert angle

Brodie from his Youtube video on how to huck forehands

 

furious invert backhand huck angle

A Furious player at Regionals a few years back

 

 

And here is a backhand huck from Nick Lance in 2012 showing significant invert on his release, with the disc barely having any invert at the end of its flight (and low wind conditions based on the trees).

 

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