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Weekly Wisdom #25

posted Feb 13, 2011, 10:31 PM by Elizabeth Lehman   [ updated Feb 13, 2011, 10:32 PM by Quinten Hutchison ]

Getting the most out of playing indoors


Specific things to take advantage of indoors:

  • 5/7 stall count.  The goal of playing with a stall count to 5 is to speed up the overall pace of our game, indoors and outdoors (think about Michigan’s offense).  If you have the disc – make smart upfield looks, and decisive and timely dump looks.  If you’re cutting – set up your cuts with plenty of time (before the disc is tapped in, before the disc is caught).
  • Conditioning.  Really try to push yourself to build that speed and endurance that we won’t have the time to work on nearly as much once we go outside.  Know your limits, but really try to stretch them.
  • Experimenting with your throws.  There is nothing more frustrating than trying to learn how to throw on I-O flick when you are at the mercy of gale force winds.  Since we don’t have to worry about those inside, try to fine tune your throwing now.  Think about things like the angle of the disc, your grip, etc.  Use our daily throwing warm-up as a time to broaden your throwing abilities.


What aspects of ultimate are not directly dependent on the surrounding environment?

  • Aggressive mark – it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing cleats or tennis shoes, you can still be a very active mark and on your toes for the entire 10 stall counts.  Marking someone is not a time to rest!
  • Faking.  Let’s throw past all of the aggressive marks.
  • Defense.  Same idea as having an aggressive mark.  Staying on the force side and defense in general is something we can always work on.  Defense is all about the effort that you put into it, and defense wins championships.


What things are you going to need to alter once we switch outside?

  • Be in tune with what throws you do and don’t have, especially if wind is a factor.
  • Keeping your spacing.  Playing on a fraction of the Veale courts is obviously going to clutter a game up slightly more than a full 120 x 40 yard field will, regardless of the number of players.  When you’re making downfield and handler cuts, and when you’re looking to throw to these cuts, be aware of this change in spacing and make sure you’re giving everyone the appropriate space.
  • In cuts vs. out cuts.  Indoors, everyone is a hucker.  Throw in 20 more yards of depth and 30 mph winds, and this changes a bit.  Use this in your judgment when deciding what cut you’re going to be making.