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Weekly Wisdom #22

posted Dec 27, 2010, 12:55 AM by Noel Hanzel   [ updated Jan 1, 2011, 1:50 PM by Quinten Hutchison ]
Hope everyone made it through finals all right and are home and warm. This week Weekly Wisdom is about catching. As you should have realized catching the disc is essential to the game. We will be getting a lot of throws in during the winter so it will give us plenty of opportunities to work on catching. Something we haven't really discussed in practice is catching 50/50 discs. These are the throws that go up when you and your defender are neck and neck. The fastest player isn't always the winner. Here are 4 easy steps to getting those discs (adapted from The Huddle).

  1. Read the disc. Knowing where the disc is going to be can help you better position yourself. Learning to read the disc comes from playing: watching throws, understanding how I/O and O/I throws work and how weather factors effect the disc. 
  2. Positioning yourself. Getting between your defender and the disc is the best way to ensure a catch. While it is illegal to intentionally divert someone's path, when you are going after the disc you can box out your defender out by getting between them and the disc. When the only way to the disc is through you either you well get a clean catch or get fouled.
  3. Timing and jumping. Plyos are the best way to increase your vertical. The higher you jump the more likely you are to come down with the disc when you are in a group. Also timing your jump right can give you an advantage. You should try to make the catch while you are at the top of your jump (super marios/cherry pickers!) 
  4. Catching the disc.  "Catch that piece of plastic! Snatch it out of the air! Grab it! Do not gently try to pull it out of the air. Catch with authority." Practice catching with your non-dominate hand. Practice catching high discs, low discs and discs out to the side. Be comfortable catching discs with either hand at any location. Play more flutter.
There is more on the Huddle about catching 50/50 discs so check it out. Note how our workouts relate to this part of the game (ie - strength training, plyos).  We've attached the workout spreadsheet, updated for the rest of break.  Let us know if you have questions, have fun and stay active.