Check Your Shoulder – Give-Go

Last example for now.  Give Go.

Handler’s at the brick with the disc.  Ho-stack setup with 2 dumps and 4 across.  A few cuts get looked off, open side dump’s defender sags into the lane.  Handler swings to the poached dump and immediately runs up line for the give go.

Give go handlers in this scenario tend to watch the thrower expecting the disc back.  Good handlers will still take off immediately after throwing the swing, but will take a quick look over their shoulder at the lane while they’re in motion.  Check your shoulder!  Why?

  • Your give go cut that will net your team a 5 yard gain might be cutting off a 25 yd gainer from a receiver.
  • There might be a poacher waiting for you in the lane ready to clean your clock.

Again, the idea is to turn toward the action.  A quick peek let’s you know whether you should continue your route, break off your cut, or break back toward the middle (or something else).

p.s. If you’re a receiver and you’ve set up a beautiful in cut only to have some stupid handler blindly running into your lane and it’s too late to yell, be the bigger person and turn deep.  If they haven’t looked already, they’re not gonna see you and your gonna get in each other’s way.  That might lead to a turnover or collision.  Just turn and run deep and be the continue, but… check your shoulder!  Your defender probably also saw the handler coming and may have decided to poach.  Help your stupid handler out by yelling out the poach.

After the point, let them know what happened, but be gentle.  We handlers don’t take criticism well, especially from receivers.

From Brian Lo’s ultimate frisbee blog: http://bestperspectives.blogspot.com/

Written by Brian Lo

I’ve been playing this game long enough with and against some pretty damn good players to learn a few things from them.

About Brian Lo

I've been playing this game long enough with and against some pretty damn good players to learn a few things from them.

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