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Calculate Quickly Based On The Throw

by Ron Kubalanza

When I hear the "up" call I try to spot the disc, briefly and without giving up any more ground. 

I need to ascertain if it has truly gone up, and if it is intended for the player I am now chasing. If both of these things are true, then I try to make some quick calculations based on what type of throw has been made.

  • If it is low or short, I can simply go to it and have position underneath.
  • If it is high, I need to catch up and try to establish a good position to jump at it. Ideally, it is a position where the player I am defending can't get a running leap at the disc, or a position where the player I am defending has to foul me to make a play.
  • If the throw is long, I have to assess if I can make up the ground, to establish the position I just described, or try and sell my angle as to draw the player I am defending off his line, or now to defend me. (This could also be a strategy for high throws).

Also, as I am running through this situation I am aware, or try to be, of where any help could be coming from. Likely: nowhere, since we were in the back of the stack. However, if my player's in cut was "in" enough, I will have some support deep. 

I think you have a better chance to make the play or have them miss it if they are less athletic. If they are more athletic, I would probably force more under and try to block the away cut. I don't think the force matters too much, except where you might look as the "up" call happens as it will limit the some throwers options. 


huddle Issue 4 The Up Call

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Body Mechanics
by Jeff Eastham-Anderson

Go Get It
by Andrew Fleming

Changing Defensive Speed
by Greg Husak

Calculate Quickly Based On The Throw
by Ron Kubalanza

Get Position Relative To Your Opponent
by Ryan Morgan

A Progression Of Thoughts
by Jonathan Potts

Play The Player First, Then The Dis
by Miranda Roth

Get In Front
by Kirk Savage

Use Your Body As The Cut Starts
by Chris Talarico

Train For The Launch Pad
by Ben van Heuvelen

A Texas Hold'em Analogy
by Ben Wiggins




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