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Movement, Movement, Movement

by Chris Talarico

The best way to attack a team that is playing good shut-down defense is to keep the disc moving, and moving quickly. This is not a novel concept by any means, but it's rare that a team actually hits the first open pass consistently. Throwers tend to get antsy if you're not gaining yardage and instead of looking to get rid of the frisbee, will instead hold it looking for something upfiled. Every defense loves to play against a team that holds the disc. It allows the mark to be more aggressive, and lets the downfield defenders lock down on their men (because they know where the disc will be coming from when a throw goes up). 

So the basic strategy is to hit the first open pass you see. If you're not used to playing this way it can be quite an adjustment&you're not looking for the ideal pass, but you're making the first high percentage pass no matter where it is. It may seem like you're moving the disc just for the sake of moving it, and you're really not getting anywhere. In fact, that may well be the case for the first number of passes of a point. The key is to generate movement from the handlers and cutters, and to bounce the disc around as quickly as possible without being frantic. Throw and go. If there's not an obvious open cut when you receive a pass, pitch it right back to the thrower and cut again. 

Moving the disc starts with the handlers—they need to get the ball rolling, and the downfield cutters fill in the gaps when they see a swing pass go up, or when a handler gets an up-line pass. 

It's all about movement—with the disc and with cuts. Don't hold the disc as a thrower, and don't stand around as a handler. The one caution is to make sure you don't rush your throws&catch the disc, find the open man, make a good throw, then get going again. The last thing you want to do is turf a 5 yard pass because you rushed it, or drop an easy pass because you were focused on the next pass instead of making sure of the catch.

huddle Issue 5 Dump Adjustments

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

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by Lou Burruss

Minor & Major Adjustments
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A Prescribed Rotation
by Greg Husak

Kinetic & Potential Energy
by Ryan Morgan

Trial & Evaluation
by Jonathan Potts

Three Scenarios
by Miranda Roth

Anticipating The Throw
by Nancy Sun

Movement, Movement, Movement
by Chris Talarico

Addressing Your Weakness
by Ben Van Heuvelen




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