huddle banner

Retain That!

by Miranda Roth

To catch a 50/50 disc, you need to somehow make the chances better than 50/50 for yourself. The first thing you can do is be tall—and yes, I know you can't teach height, but this also includes putting your hand up outstretched and trying to catch the disc at your "tallest point" including your jump. This is related to the second thing which is timing your jump. I know lots of players (particularly new women) who think just putting their hand up will work—well, it won't work against good competition. To know when to jump you need to practice jumping and catching as high as you possibly can—playing flyers-up/500 and doing lots of one on one catching will help with this. 

The third, and possibly most important thing, is to get position on as many of the other people as you possibly can. If one of the other people is your teammate, getting position on the opponent can actually allow your teammate to catch the disc, too. If you can judge where the disc will come down and put your body between that space and your opponent, you will greatly increase your chances of catching the disc. However, you must, as I like to tell my players, "Retain that s***!" This means that once you get position, you can't relax—you must actively maintain your position physically. 


We received this email from a reader: 

I read the article from Ms. Roth about the catching discs subject and I disagree with one point. 

Ms. Roth wrote: "If one of the other people is your teammate, getting position on the opponent can actually allow your teammate to catch the disc, too" 

For me, if you don't play the disc you are not allowed to block the opponent to help your teammate. I checked WFDF Rules and it is related to rule 12.7. 

Keep up the good work.
-a reader in France 

The Huddle's Explanation: 

Thanks, ARIF, 

We (and Miranda) agree with the rule that an offensive player cannot move solely to block a defender. For instance, if you are on defense, I can't run towards you and away from my teammate just to make sure you cannot make a play. 

Miranda is trying to make the point that the offense is allowed to choose whatever method they want to make a play on the disc. If I am on offense, and I move in a way where I could catch the disc but also is a position that seals a defender from making a likely play, this can be both legal and extremely effective. In practical terms, the differences between an illegal block and a legal positioning is probably going to come down to whether the player in question could (given flight of the disc, position, and where the player is looking) make a catch on that particular throw. 

Thanks, ARIF, for bringing this confusing issue to more clarity and we hope this makes sense. 

-The Editors

huddle Issue 23 Catching 50/50 Discs

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Getting The Advantage
by Kurt Gibson

Catching Priorities
by Lindsey Hack

Make Them Make A Play
by Morgan Hibbert

Positioning & Approach
by Greg Husak

Avoid The Pile-Up
by Ray Illian

Beating The Pack From Below The Canopy
by Brett Matzuka

Retain That!
by Miranda Roth

Winning On Both Sides Of The Dis
by Chase Sparling-Beckley

How To Get Into The Sky Club
by Kiran Thomas





  • Issues

  • Features

  • Authors

  • About

      huddle issue034   huddle issue033   huddle issue032   huddle issue031   huddle issue030  
      huddle issue029   huddle issue028   huddle issue027   huddle issue026   huddle issue025  
      huddle issue024   huddle issue023   huddle issue022   huddle issue021   huddle issue020  
      huddle issue019   huddle issue018   huddle issue017   huddle issue016   huddle issue015  
      huddle issue014   huddle issue013   huddle issue012   huddle issue011   huddle issue010  
      huddle issue009   huddle issue008   huddle issue007   huddle issue006   huddle issue005  
      huddle issue004   huddle issue003   huddle issue002   huddle issue001      
      huddle feature026   huddle feature025   huddle feature024   huddle feature023   huddle feature022  
      huddle feature021   huddle feature020   huddle feature019   huddle feature018   huddle feature017  
      huddle feature016   huddle feature015   huddle feature014   huddle feature013   huddle feature012  
      huddle feature011   huddle feature010   huddle feature009   huddle feature008   huddle feature007  
      huddle feature006   huddle feature005   huddle feature004   huddle feature003   huddle feature002  
      huddle feature001                  


  • Authors

  • About / Get Involved