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« on: February 02, 2008, 02:50:10 PM »

I'm in the  process of starting a new mixed Ultimate summer team, and we don't want to rot in the bottom tier, but aren't aiming for the top tier (yet).

Most of the players are first or second year players.

I am wondering what kind of tips/drills/ideas I should get my team working on as soon as the snow melts.
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2008, 11:27:28 PM »

Greetins CheeseFro!  Welcome to UT.  Smiley

Nice work putting together a team.  I've done it before myself, and know all about the challenges one faces when captaining a team.  Way to step up to the plate and make it happen.

Seeing as most of the players are first/second year players allows you to skip over the basics.  That said, you still want to ensure everyone does know the basics.  I mean it doesn't do the class any good starting at Algebra 103 if some of the students are still on Algebra 101.  Wink

Once you know that everyone understands the basics of the game, I think the next best move is to get everyone throwing as soon as possible.  Even if it's just everyone getting together w/ civilian clothes on in the park.  Get some plastic and have some fun.  No need to get too serious too soon.

As for drills and such, you might take a look at the Ultimate Techniques & Tactics book.  It's chalk full of, well, techniques and tactics for playing the game.  No doubt you'd find some helpful information in there that you could pass along to your team.

Best of luck.  I'm sure some other UTers will have info for you as well.

Tally ho!

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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2008, 04:57:32 PM »

Hey fromagefro,

Grats on the new team.  I've been there and hope your first season is better than ours was.  We managed to go winless all season but did win one playoff game to finish in 5th place (out of 6).  Now that i think about it, haven't seen the captain of that team since that game....  We also went to a tourny and scored 6 points in 6 games.  Last year though, we went undefeated in our league (first team to do that in league history).  So enough about my background, here's some advice.

-- Play above your means.  If you can get some early season games or scrimmages against the top tier teams in your area do it.  You learn more about your team during a good beating then you do when you beat a team badly.  Instead of getting upset about the loss, watch and learn what teams do against you.  We learned more during tourny's when we would lose 13-1 then we did in league play winning 15-3.

-- Videotape every game.  Don't just tape it, watch it.  During the 2005 season we taped every game we played.  After the game, while everything was still fresh in our minds, we would grab food and go to one of our member's houses and watch it at least once.  The whole time everyone was throwing around input about who did things right and who didn't. 

-- Know your team. You have to tailor the style of play and practice to your team.  My team for the first few years was relatively unathletic.  I found that by playing zone we were able to keep people going for a longer amount of time, reserving the marking jobs for the more athletic ones.  Once our team gained the athleticism, we moved to man. 

-- Drills.  Have fun.  I had a hard time running any drills that the team didn't overall enjoy.  Cutting drills and catching drills are the most important.  We used to end every practice with a scrimmage til dark.  I'm starting work on a site with some drills and strategy.  Not sure when it will be up but once it is the address will be www.phuc.us 

Ok, that's all the typing I can do for now.  I could type for days about ultimate but that'll just bore everybody.  GL w/ your season.

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