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1  General / Ulti Talk / Re: Gloves on: October 22, 2008, 08:52:30 PM
I'm partial to lightweight bicycle gloves, because they keep the tips of fingers clear for throwing.
2  General / Ulti Strategy / Re: Iron 5, desperate need for a decent defense strategy that can work. Junior team! on: October 13, 2008, 10:37:29 PM
I got my indoor ultimate advice from Goody (simmo might know him), who played indoor in Europe. I really enjoy playing indoors

The key to any indoor zone is having two people deep. Assuming you're playing against good teams, one-on-one matchups indoors are impossible to stop, because you can throw to anywhere from anywhere. Having two people deep prevents this by having strong positioning.

Up front, there are any number of variations. I'm partial to a 2-1-2, where the front two force middle, and try to force it to the 1 guy to get the Ds. Or you can do a 1-2-2, kinda like the puppy fence zone in outdoors with one marker chasing.

This can collapse to a 1-4 across the endzone if they are small endzones. Throwing between those gaps is pretty tough. Or you can switch to man.

3  General / Ulti Strategy / Re: Can anyone suggest a drill for clearing? on: September 28, 2008, 10:00:48 AM
Yeah, you're right, if that guy stays, it does remove the second in cut option. The premise for the exercise (and hopefully for most offenses in general) is that if you don't have an up field throw in 3 or 4 seconds you're looking to move the disc again quickly, which leads to dump-swing-across.

Maybe in a real game, that guy is clearing out hard, but the thrower should still move the disc. What if the first defender poaches the lane? Then the second in cut is still shut-down and now it is stall 7 you haven't looked to move the disc.
4  General / Ulti Strategy / Re: Can anyone suggest a drill for clearing? on: September 24, 2008, 07:47:33 PM
We do an exercise on the mixed club team I'm on that is made to emphasize side to side movement of a vertical stack, which includes clearing.

3 handlers, 4 cutters. The handlers swing the disc back and forth, with the side handlers throwing to cutters making incuts. As the disc is moving to the right side, the front 3 people in the stack are moving to the left (clearing) and creating a huge lane for the person cutting in.

Sometimes the side handler doesn't throw to the incut and it gets swung back to the other side of the field. In this case, the cutter who got looked off doesn't really need to anywhere, because he's already on the proper side of the field to be creating open space where the disc is going next.

This exercise works on a number of things, clearing, recognising where the disc is going to go, moving the stack downfield with the disc, setting up cuts in the right place, creating open space. What your captain chooses to emphasize each day can change, so I think you could use to work on clearing.
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5  Regional / Australasia / Re: bloody seppos on: September 01, 2008, 01:08:01 PM
I recently went the step of removing RSD from my bookmarks. It is such a waste of space now. And was taking way too much of my time, geez.

Crazy threads though Tiger.
6  Regional / Australasia / WUGC photos on: August 24, 2008, 10:39:10 AM
So I finally got a chance to upload some of my photos from Worlds to the interwebz.

Let me say, it was a pleasure to meet some of you Aussie players in person. And it was great to see the people I played with when I studied at UQ, now playing at a much higher level. Hopefully I'll see you again at future international tournaments. If you weren't there, you missed out on a great event.

Now to the photos, this is only 39 of the several thousand that I took. These are some of the best ones. I have full sets of photos, action sequences, etc arranged by division and game, mostly of the Dingoes and Mundis. If anyone has (free!) hosting suggestions for a ton of photos, that'd be sweet.

If you'd like a full-resolution version of one of these, let me know and I'll e-mail it to you.

http://picasaweb.google.com/JohnWStratton/WUGC2008BestOfAussies

As I post and leave for practice, it is 67% uploaded, should be fully uploaded quite soon.

Cheers,
Farmer
7  General / Ulti Strategy / Re: need help with basic endzone plays on: May 18, 2008, 02:32:17 PM
Good idea to keep it simple. One set of endzone plays I've used is to choose a 4 or 5 letter word, and each sequence of letters in the word corresponds to a play. You can change the word if the opposing team starts to pick up on it. Plays could go kinda like this

letter 1 - 1st in stack cuts break side
letter 2 - 1st cuts break side, second cuts open, 3rd cuts in (classic front door play)
letter 3 - back two players cut straight in a footrace to the front cones
letter 4 - looking immediately to the dump
letter 5 - something fancy, cut for a hammer or some such

I prefer endzone offense with only 4 people in the endzone, less clogging that way. You also get dump options on both sides of the center handler

I've also played against an endzone offense where one guy is isolated in the middle, and everyone else hangs out in the back or the edges. The iso guy just cuts side to side pretty much, and it gets hard to cover. The handlers play reset until the guy gets open.
8  General / Ulti Talk / Re: favorite ulti clothing on: May 17, 2008, 09:37:16 AM
Jangles with no injuries?! Is it a blue moon or something?? Cheesy

Heh, good work mate.
9  Regional / Australasia / former study abroads at UPA College Nats on: May 17, 2008, 09:31:15 AM
UPA College Nationals is going on right now in the states.

http://college2008.upa.org/video

Yeah UQ Lovers!! Cheesy
Heather Smith - Maryland #17, played with Ballarat at WUCC06
Dave Fumo - Michigan # 13, played with Thong at WUCC06

Rob Dulabon from Pitt (#21) played with Deathstar


Are there any other former Aussie players showing their stuff here?
10  General / Ulti Media / Re: Advanced Ultimate Frisbee Throws Video on Expert Village on: May 15, 2008, 12:58:37 AM
The throwing advice on one of the ultivillage DVDs is pretty sweet. It shows Jeff Cruickshank from Furious throwing a 40 yard lefty thumber at regionals.

I think the thumber is a valid throw. A righty thumber curves the same way as a lefty hammer, so it can be used in the same situations. Though most people would just throw a flick in that case, the thumber is affected by the wind differently than the flick. I have also thrown a thumber in a game for a score, so that's pretty sweet for me.
11  General / Ulti Strategy / Re: ho stack vs a spread on: May 15, 2008, 12:51:37 AM
Haha, yet another good argument for "Ultimate needs standardization!"

I'd say your L and T stacks are just positional variants of the standard vertical V stack. If the L had the two sets on either side of the field, that could be a spread but I'd call it a split stack.

Your 3-4 and 4-3 I agree are ho-stacks.

Your H stack I would probably call a german of some sort depending on how deep it is, except the German standard is 4-1-2 I think.

Actually I can't think of any designed structure that I call a spread. Hmmm.
12  General / Ulti Talk / Re: The Next Progression of Ultimate Frisbee: Ambidexterity? on: May 11, 2008, 12:37:50 PM
You could escape a cup with good offense? Or use blades! Cheesy

I throw hammers with a backhand force too. If you need it to curve into your receiver same as an outside in backhand, but there are people in the way of the OI, then throw a nice hammer.

I think Ambidexterity is a big thing for people who are good throwers already. It gives you nice options on short throws and flips when a backhand just works better than a flick. I saw it used quite a bit at Kaimana this year.

13  General / Ulti Talk / Re: Layout protection on: April 25, 2008, 12:18:41 PM
Gosh, what are they teaching at UQ nowadays?! Brett's gone so they don't learn how to layout OR be obnoxious?!

My how times have changed. Cheesy
14  Regional / Australasia / Re: Seeking opinions/feedback on photography at tourneys on: April 24, 2008, 08:00:18 PM
Rog, - how many frames per second does your camera do?
15  General / Ulti Media / Re: Great Frisbee Catches on: April 24, 2008, 07:51:25 PM
I played against the other Keenan, Duncan, at uni-games 06 in the finals against Mac. He was hard to cover too.
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