getting open in ultimate

Getting Open Because You Think You Can

During a post-game debrief at Montreal Jazzfest, the other captains used me as an example of being able to “always get open” on my cuts. They qualified this by saying that it wasn’t because I was the fastest but that regardless, I still got open.

I do get open often and it is not because I’m faster, it’s because I BELIEVE I can get open. And for what my mind believes, my brain processes information accordingly and creates appropriate opportunities, and then the rest of my body follows.  One of my favorite quotes is by Henry Ford. He says “Whether you think we can or think you can’t, you are right”. I love it because it nicely sums up the power of the mind-brain-body relationship I have come to understand through personal experience and formal education.

Experience Matters

Let’s compare two similar players with the same quantifiable skills and dimensions.  One of the intangible differentiators is experience.  We’ve all seen those tall, fast kids who are always open at the wrong place or wrong time… or the squad of youngsters who can’t keep from throwing into the lazy old guys’ poaches.  We often chalk this up to a lack of experience.  Well, I’ve been working on a definition for this type of experience.  You can let me know what you think.

  1. Experience is knowing where to look
  2. Knowing what you’re looking for.
  3. Recognizing what you see.