This is a great drill/game to work on your quick release, catching, throwing, disc awareness, eye/hand coordination, and timing of your throwing & catching.
Articles on catching
When throwing on the green or when warming up make sure to catch “both ways.” Alternate catching with your right hand versus your left hand on top of the pancake. For good throws, this doesn’t make much of a difference, but if an errant throw is to the right of your body, it will be easier to catch left on top, and the same goes for the other side, but switched. The more comfortable you are catching both ways, the more natural it will be for you to catch with the correct orientation. I guarantee your drops will go down if you work on this.
(A fast-freestyle playing exercise/guide for learning and practicing disc handling skills used in ultimate)
In the early days of Frisbee before disc sports, the original attraction was just to watch the Frisbee fly. At first, this was enough; the sheer joy in watching the Frisbee fly, not at all like a ball. Then, learn more because it’s in our nature to compete, came the Frisbee games. If you enjoy playing one disc game, chances are you’ll enjoy all the disc games, because they all have that one common attraction: unlike the ball, the disc actually flies. Each game demands unique skills but also shares common skills used in other games. If you become skilled in one disc game, you’ll quickly excel and most likely enjoy participating in other disc games.
I’ve been wearing Friction Gloves for a few months and in addition to being a fan of them, I also set 3 World Flying Disc Federation World Records for Self Caught Flight on ice, Maximum Time Aloft on ice and Throw Run (Skate) Catch on ice during the Silver Skate Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on February 23-24, 2013.
To summarize my review in a word, I would call Friction Gloves HONEST.
Now, onto the review:
A few weeks ago, I got a fan email from Kassandra and this was what she said:
I’ve been cutting despite other’s desire to transition me to handler in the future because of my height. However, because I can usually catch up to the offense when they go deep, I find myself on the short end especially on the vertical battles.
I’ve heard the term boxing out a few times. Can you explain it to me, please?
I thought this was a great question and wanted to share with you what my response was.
One of my favorite moments of this past weekend was a play by our captain Nat. She was cutting in for a throw from a handler with a tight D on her hip. The throw went up and out to space but was almost out of reach. The beauty of the play was the look on her face in the moment before she grabbed it. It was a look that I know we’ve all seen in someone, somewhere, in sports and hopefully a look we’ve all expressed. It was the look of sheer determination.
All over the world ultimate is played by hundreds of thousands of players in warm sunny climates, on green grassy fields with a gentle breeze in the air. However, for many of these players, for half the year, the sun hides behind clouds, the green grass turns white and icy and the gentle breeze is enough to freeze water. So, the question becomes…if you’re going to play ultimate in the frozen white tundra (places like Canada, parts of the US, Northern Europe, etc..) should you wear gloves when you play or not?
- Catch the disc however you feel most comfortable. That said, get comfortable catching the disc in a lot of different ways.
- Actively open your hands and spread your fingers. I notice as I fatigue, I sometimes don’t open my hands up as wide and am more prone to not take the disc in cleanly.
I remember a long time ago reading an article of Parinella’s somewhere where he explained a better way to toe the line is to only keep one foot down to maximize your reach rather than trying to dig both feet in. Such a simple tip, and it reminded me of my days before ultimate. Before frisbee, my previous love was volleyball. I used to subscribe to a volleyball magazine and there were always these quick 1 page articles with a handy little nugget of wisdom (think Zip’s Tips minus the sandwich eating suggestions).
Catching is a skill that is often taken for granted and so not coached, when in fact it should be a cornerstone of every player’s development: catching is as much about good technique as any other skill. There is a feeling amongst players that if a receiver gets their hand to the disc, they should catch it. Or course this may not always be fair, but a team that can eliminate drops from its game will prosper. Drops are individual errors and more often than not are the result of poor concentration.
The two most important rules of catching are:
In ultimate, it’s important to attack the disc since if you stand and wait to catch the disc, there’s a greater chance for a defender to D the disc. Also, it’s good to attack the disc so you can get the disc moving more quickly in a zone and get the disc moving more quickly in general.
In this video I talk about the 2 different ways you can catch a disc. The key is to practice catching and figure out what way works best for you.
This video explains how to catch a disc that has a lot of spin. Instead of catching the disc with your inside hand (so the disc is spinning out of your hand), it’s best to catch with your outside hand (so the disc is spinning into your hand).
Why is receiving the pull so important?
Since the point of the pull is for the other team to start with you as deep in your end zone as possible, the ability to collect the pull and get the disc moving is crucial to keep the defense on their toes.
To catch or not catch?
Ideally you want to catch the pull since this will get the disc moving much more quickly. However, dropping the pull is something you don’t want to do. So, it’s a risk assessment. A few things to consider when you go to catch the pull are:
Why is reading the disc so important?
There are two big reasons:
- When you’re on offense, if you can read the disc well then your chance of catching the disc will be much higher
- When you’re on defense, if you can read the disc well then your chance of getting the D is that much higher