Weekly Wisdom - Vol. 2, Issue 1

posted Dec 23, 2011, 10:30 PM by Elizabeth Lehman   [ updated Dec 23, 2011, 10:30 PM by Quinten Hutchison ]
What It Takes to be a Great Ultimate Player (stolen from Katfish Corner)

Ahh.  It feels good to be sending these out again.

So, I'm not going to lie - with finals raining down on me, I became fully prepared to simply send the team some article to read, written by someone better and more experience at both ultimate and writing.  Easy for me, informative for you.  Lame, I know.  Then, I started sifting through ultimate articles and, several hours later, I realized that it probably would've just taken less time to write something completely new.  Oh well.

Anyways, I stumbled across this article that I think is pretty good, and extremely relevant to us, our team, and the mindset that we need going forward.  It's lengthy, but I encourage you to read it.  At the very least, it's one hundred times more exciting than my circuits book.

I want to call attention to one quote in particular:
"This does not mean that you're a great player just because you run hard when you're on the field. It means you're committed to improving yourself. This means maximizing your physical potential with lifting and track workouts. This means dedicating yourself to working out kinks in your throwing form and never being complacent with what you can or can't do as a thrower. This means that you don't have a practice speed and an in-game speed. You only know one way to play, and that is balls-out, no matter what you're doing. "

I will tell you all right now, there are more athletic teams out there.  They have varsity backgrounds, 75 coaches and trainers, better facilities.  But when it comes down to it, that's water under the bridge.  We've declared what it is we want, so let's not get complacent until we get it.

p.s. There's a lot of good stuff throughout the whole blog.