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1  General / Not Ulti / Re: New Frisbee game me and my friend made up.. on: December 08, 2009, 01:20:24 PM
buy kanjam instead

http://www.kanjam.com/

it's awesome
2  Regional / North America / Re: UPA MASTERS DIVISION on: October 23, 2009, 01:34:56 PM
this place is lousy with Canucks

3  Regional / North America / Re: UPA MIXED DIVISION on: October 21, 2009, 12:01:25 PM
I'll go with my home town favorites (& former team) & pick AMP to win it all over Flycoons in da finals
4  Regional / North America / Re: UPA MIXED DIVISION on: October 16, 2009, 11:59:13 PM
I've seen about 1/2 these teams play this year, and have played against the cores of many of the other teams in years past. Flycoons are a clear front runner. They have most of their troops back for another run (a key player or 2  migrated to Psycho). CLX & AMP have all star rosters. Axis can beat anyone of those teams. I expect the NW to have a down year this year, which would be a good year for any other region....probably 2 Quarterfinalists, but only Flycoons moving beyond that. The top 4 seeds NEVER all make it to semis, so I expect 1 of those top 4 to get knocked off by Slow. SO, it will be Slow, Flycoons, & then take your pick of 2 from Axis/Amp/CLX.

Although Flycoons are very strong, repeating twice ain't easy. The odds are on a new champ from the likes of Slow/Amp/Axis/CLX.

The 3 SW teams will finish in the bottom 8, as will QC, BP, Tau. The only first timers who have a shot @ making quarters will be Jukebox or OTP, with OTP having the best shot. Jukebox looks likely to get the pool of death with AMP & Slow, so they'll need to pull their upset off early because fighting your way out of the non-power pools to quarters ain't easy.
5  General / Ulti Talk / Re: gloves? on: October 12, 2009, 03:14:24 PM
I've used golf gloves in the past on the very rare occassions I feel like I needed gloves. They actually worked extremely well, especially in slick conditions like slow, or a cold, rainy day.
6  General / Ulti Talk / Re: spirit of the game deterioration...? on: October 09, 2009, 05:00:56 PM
"I remember kilts, hats, UNMATCHED socks, variable-length hair, skits, races, etc."

What does any of that have to do with spirit?

I think they have to do with having fun....and plenty of ultimate tournaments, leagues, events are dedicated to just having fun. Fools fest, Acapulco, poultry days....on down to one beer ultimate in summer league or Halloween pickup.

Now, when it comes down to the competition aspect of ultimate, that's where spirit for me is roughly equated to sportsmanship & understanding/obeying the rules. And, this has always had its challenges. I don't think that the overall level has changed that much in the 10+ years I have played competitive ulty. (30 yrs of playing ulty overall.)

Intuitively, I always thought that the higher the stakes, the more likely it is that spirit will be compromised....but that's not true. Many of my worse experiences have come during (relatively) meaningless rec league games against teams with friends of mine on it.  And many of my best experiences have been in club, at regionals & UPA nationals.
7  General / Ulti Talk / Re: individual practice on: September 24, 2009, 09:11:44 AM
Develop an inside out flick & a low release backhand, and you will go far. Here is what I wrote in another thread (personal training)....Addition: lacrosse goals are a great idea for practicing longer throws.

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Buy two tomato plant sticks, the very long & thick kind (1.5-2 meters long). Tie a string between them at about 2 feet high. get a small kiddie soccer net (or other type of sports net).
Go to a field or your backyard with a crapload of discs (a field is better because some other ultimate fool may find you that way.) Practice throwing into the net, only 5-10 meters away. Practice pivoting out to your side (never forward), and throwing underneath the string. You can vary the height of the string, but the goal is to practice low release throws from both sides, and pivoting.

Of course, feel free to practice your high release throws as well. No string necessary for that. However, in my experience, low release, inside-out flicks are where an ultimate players' money is made. Having a nice, flat, low release backhand with some lift is vital, too.

Once you get it down (and this will take a while), start moving the net back & use it as a stand-in for a receiver. Aim for the belt buckle of this imaginary receiver.

All the other skills except catching (cutting, jumping, et al) can be fine-tuned with the same standard track workouts & agility drills that work with any field sport. Lots of stuff on the web for this, but all you need is a set of cones, lots of water, and the will to get better.

For catching, find a friend. Practicing hucks/pulls, as others have mentioned, can be useful too. I used to do this on a lacrosse field, and use the lacrosse goal as my target in the endzone. Form is really important here....don't just throw the disc like you would on a disc golf course with a lid. Practice your form, follow-through. Accuracy is a long term goal. Flat hucks with lots of spin are the more important short-term goal.


8  General / Ulti Strategy / Re: Coaching a medium level team on: September 09, 2009, 11:45:27 AM
Try the Ulti handbook, which is an excellent resource with slightly dated but still useful flash demos:


http://www.ultimatehandbook.com/uh/ (click on strategy)

I posted more useful links here to the Philly web site:

http://www.pada.org/newplayer
9  General / Ulti Talk / Re: improving catching on: September 03, 2009, 09:34:32 AM
practice claw catches

find a friend, do the cone drill.

Set up 4 cones in a line. The first cone is where the thrower stays, and the cutter starts.

0 X              X                X              X

               10 yards       15 yards        20 yards

Run to the first cone, turn, claw catch. Plant & make good throw back to your friend.

Cut ALL the way back to the thrower, turn & cut to the next cone in the sequence. repeat.

Great workout, gets you used to catching short & medium length throws, while cutting full speed. Also, practicing catching when tired is essential.

For a team drill, see my other post about 4 line drill.
10  Regional / North America / Re: Chesapeake Open - Brackets Are Up! on: September 01, 2009, 11:44:43 PM
As far as I know, Axis only went to nationals once, in 2007, when our region had 3 bids. We (I was on Amp at the time) beat them in finals. They almost beat us in pool play in Sarasota, we held on for the win & they finished in the bottom 4.

So, to clarify, new power as in top ten team in the country quality power.

 I think the 3 UCC qualifiers in MA region will almost certainly be: Amp, Axis, Hooray (not necessarily in that order). Olio has an outside chance of knocking one of them off, of course...no one else stands a chance. Axis has the #1 seed locked with wins over Hooray/Amp, and both will be seeded above Olio....so Founders' sectionals will be anticlimactic. Semis on Saturday at regionals will be amp vs Hooray, with the winner likely playing Axis for the first bid to Sarasota.

C-ville has had great teams before this, of course...in mixed, we used to get beat handily every year by Bru. I think Kusy (Axis) played for them as well. They ran a German, if I recall correctly.
 
11  Regional / North America / Re: Chesapeake Open - Brackets Are Up! on: August 31, 2009, 09:55:18 AM
I don't quite see that you called Axis over Amp in this thread.....you wrote they looked good @ Glazed daze.

My predictions, on the other hand, not so good. Chain beat ironside in the semis (by 6!) & then Ring by 5.

Axis beat 3 teams on Sunday that went to nationals last year. Impressive.
A new power rising in the East.
12  Regional / North America / Re: Chesapeake Open - Brackets Are Up! on: August 29, 2009, 10:41:08 PM
yep, sources tell me Bucket was underseeded....was up on Amp 7-4 at half, but AMP outscored them 8-3 in the second half to hold on for the win.
Quiet coyote apparently did not bring a full team, according to Boom on RSD. That opened the door for Jukebox to roll into quarters, and Tau to take 2nd.
Should be an interesting day tomorrow. I'll take Bucket, Tau, Rival & Puppet to win their pre-quarters.
13  Regional / North America / Re: Chesapeake Open - Brackets Are Up! on: August 26, 2009, 05:26:05 PM
MIXED:
have to give kudos to the TD/coordinators in Mixed, who did a really good job of seeding. They mixed up the regions nicely, I think....top 3 in pools A, C & D are from 3 different regions (MA, NE, South).

After seeing the other additions to Axis' roster (I knew about Anna, Chase, Tyler), they should be the favorite against Hooray......but I'll stick with my original prediction & call Hooray for the universe point win, just because.

If any team is underseeded, it's Bucket at #8 --but makes sense they're seeded here due to loss to Olio @ Glazed daze. 2008 UCC qualifier (albeit 16th place), 2 time defending terminus champs, lots of open/women's talent on this team. Assuming they bring their big man, not sure that Ballometrics will have anyone on their roster who can stop him....B-metrics did not look very tall when I saw them.

Other than Bucket....Puppet has a great core of men but really misses their dominant women (Bent) who were such a big part of their O in past years. 2009 results do not match up to their 08 results....lots more pink on scorereporter this year as compared to last. Olio is a wildcard...last year, they beat Amp on Saturday by a few & then got rolled by Amp in quarters on Sun morning something like 13-3.

Tau usually plays better in the day when their stars have fresh legs....and then are prone to getting upset late rounds. They have a friendly Sat schedule for their style -- 3 straight games (4, 1, & 2 seeds) then a bye & a game against BRDM. Roster online shows they still have Jimmy & Charlie & (now?) Brian Gane....old LCN guys who are tough to stop on O. They're just in the wrong pool this year, with QC & Jukebox as the top 2 seeds.

14  General / Ulti Talk / Re: is my forehand grip bad? on: August 26, 2009, 09:03:16 AM
http://www.ultimatehandbook.com/Webpages/Beginner/backhand.html
15  UltiTalk.Com / Feedback / Re: I recommend condensing your forum structure. on: August 20, 2009, 10:43:20 AM
I agree with this suggestion 100%. Although your workaround is what I have been doing, I don't like it.

"Considering you hardly have any new posts per forum per day, I would recommend going down from 7 forums in general down to these two

General Ultimate Frisbee and Strategy Discussion
Ultimate Frisbee Events, Media, Development

The reason being is I don't want to have to navigate through the forum structure to see all of the new posts each day. You don't have enough traffic yet that warrants having all of these sub-forums. The one thing that RSD has well is that it's the one place where you can find everything. This way, people can go to two different forums and you will hopefully have the first page filled with new topics each day.

I can understand you might not agree with me, but really a Trash Talk forum? It just makes the site a pain to navigate. There's no real reason to separate all of the forums until there comes a need for one."
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