get better at ultimate

Learning from Experience

How do you expect to learn if you don’t play?

What I mean by this is, if you spend all of your time practicing throwing or practicing running plays or practicing catching, how are you actually going to get better?

Of course your skills will be better. You’ll learn to throw further and more accurately.

You’ll learn how to run the vertical stack better than any team out there.

You won’t drop a disc.

But what happens when you finally play a game and just as you’re about to huck, a defender steps in front of you and distracts you from making a perfect throw?

Deliberate Practice

Obviously you want to be practicing the right throwing techniques. You should also learn how to practice the right practice techniques.

Research by psychologist K. Anders Ericsson indicates that anyone can become a master at any task if they devote 10 000 hours of deliberate practice. Um, that’s a lot of hours. What I want to focus on here is not the volume of practice, but the words “deliberate practice.” Even putting in the hours is not enough. It must be “deliberate” practice. If every hour you invest in throwing is deliberate practice, you will improve much more quickly that someone who just dicks around with the disc for twice as long.