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Author Topic: Trying to improve in the game  (Read 6180 times)
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« on: November 27, 2008, 12:03:16 PM »

So I am relatively new. I have been playing sine august now. my problem is that i feel like i'm not getting some of the game. I see plays going (most times i am a cutter) and rhink i know where people sholud be going, alot of time there is some kind of line up already going. i end up not moving much becuase i see the line setting up and other people are already there. so i feel lost out on the field. I also feel liek i'm not really improving in the game. the last two weeks have been filled with bad pratices. any advice? also i need to work on catching during the game. what can i do to improve this? How can i break out of the level I am on right now? (I have been playing alot but it seems like nothing is happening is there a problem with my mind set possibly?
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2008, 03:56:16 AM »

Its hard to know when and where to cut. But there are a couple of unwritten rules I personally use in game.

1) Always cut up and down the field
2) Start making your cut when the person you are cutting off is about to catch the disc
3) If you make a cut and don't get the disc, return to the stack and try again after a few other people make some cuts
4) If a strong thrower is about to get it, haul ass for the endzone.

Ask for advice from the experienced players at your games. Normally there is one or two people that have been around for a long time and know alot about ultimate. If you feel you are getting left out of the offense, let your captain know. Every captain I have ever met/played with has been more than happy to involve everyone on the team.

As for practicing catching under pressure, I can offer two things:

1) When you are throwing before a game, walk towards the disc when you are catching or attack it at the highest point you can get to. If you walk away or let the disc come down, you may find that you do that in a game.
2) Get two of your mates together and tell one to mark you while the other throws. Tell the person marking you to put pressure on and slowly get them to amp up the difficulty as you get used to catching under pressure.

Hope that helps. So long as you are trying to get better, you will.

Good luck and Regards,
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2008, 12:27:03 AM »

You've only been playing a few months, so I wouldn't be stressing about it.  It may take a little while before you feel like you're getting the game, but if you keep playing and practising it will come.

It's very hard to give you specific advice online because your questions are quite general and we can't see you play.  However:
- keep playing as much as you can
- if you have the opportunity to go to proper team training sessions go to as many as you can, the more experienced the coaches the better
- when you're on the sideline watch someone who is good at what you want to learn
- ask experienced players on your team for advice, remember that the more specific your questions are the easier they are to answer.
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2008, 12:01:13 PM »

Improvements come with time.

On a personal ability level: If you want to take an active part in improving, ask a veteran to watch you during a scrimmage/pickup game. Often times I only notice a certain player doing something incorrectly after they've asked me to look at their play critically.

On a team structure level: If the captains/coaches/veterans on the team aren't attempting to correct your game...should you?

Being a better cutter is always a plus, but maybe you should consult the captains/coaches of the team and ask them what they need you to work on to better the team.

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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2009, 01:06:56 AM »

just about having trouble catching the disk during games, sometimes when i first started out and i would see the disc coming at me i would get really nervous and start trying to look around for a continue throw before i caught the disc. i would try just focusing on catching the disc and then worry about continue throws or dumps
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