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(This past week for the first birthday of The Huddle, Kirk Savage got us a present...Al Nichols' article about layout blocks. Kind of like reading about 'Playing well in the 4th quarter" by Larry Bird. Thanks to everyone that has supported us all year!)

You've trained, you've watched film, and you know your opponent. Maybe you've been waiting all game, all season, or your entire Ultimate life to take a layout block from that player in a big game. Like hitting a walk-off home-run. Like marching around your hometown with the Stanley Cup in your Radio Flyer. 

Many mediocre players spent many hours visualizing these outcomes. The best defenders, though, try to understand the process that can get you to that block. How should you plan to create block opportunities? Where should your feet be? Your core? Your arms?

Your mind?

We asked our authors how they play this situation, and how they think about it themselves both as a player and a coach. Enjoy....and then go get some of your own!

If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact us at

(Note: this issue is a reproduction of an issue originally published on 

huddle Issue 19 The Layout Block

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Bide Your Time
by Tully Beatty

Recognition & Position
by Jeff Eastham-Anderson

An In-Cut Adjustment Illustrated
by Adam Goff

The Value Of A Layout Block?
by Greg Husak

by Brett Matzuka

Team Glory
by Ted Munter

How To Get A Layout Block
by Al Nichols

by Miranda Roth

The Holy Grail Of This Sport
by Adam Sigelman



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