As I mentioned once before, my sporting love before ultimate was volleyball. Another tip I learned was when preparing to receive serve, you want to stand with your weight forward on the balls of your feet and slightly pigeon toed – that is with your toes slightly pointed in. The reasoning being that your ankle joint provides optimal force moving forward compared to laterally, and it’s even worse when your pushing backwards. So by angling your toes in, if you need to step left, the closer your right foot is to pointing to the left, the more force you can generate in that direction.
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).
I get asked by lots of people about training for ultimate, and what sort of things I do for fitness.
You can break this down into several parts which contribute to being a good player. In order to be successful, I believe you need to have the following:
- Run fast
- Jump high
- Throw consistently/far
- Be a good catcher
- Good recovery
- Quick feet
- Good endurance
- Good field sense
- Understanding of plays
These are important elements which make up a good player. In order to ensure that you’re good at all of these, here is what I suggest: