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September 22, 2005

Top 10 Reasons Why Ultimate Frisbee Rocks In No Particular Order #5

The tournaments are great. I don't know how other sports do it at uni level, but i'm assuming quite a lot do single matches on a wednesday afternoon. Here's how Ultimate Frisbee does it:

The majority of competitions take the form of weekend tournaments, teams from all over the country head to a single venue and basically play loads of games on both the saturday and sunday. Tournaments don't use knock-out rounds but rather formats that allow all teams to play almost an equal number of games. Every ranking position is fought for, not just the top few places. Of course the best part is that there's always a party on the saturday night, and ultimate frisbee parties really are very awesome. No Ultimate Frisbee gathering is complete without a party.

September 20, 2005

Top 10 Reasons Why Ultimate Frisbee Rocks In No Particular Order #4

It's a mixed sport and benefits from it, women tend to have a different style of play which can be very effective as long as they have the confidence to match up against the men. It also means the socials aren't the boring testosterone-driven affairs (Rugby and Men's Football socials for example). We generally get enough women to stick around to be able to put forward two or three teams to the ladies tournaments.

September 19, 2005

Top 10 Reasons Why Ultimate Frisbee Rocks In No Particular Order #3

The game is highly spirited (usually), good sportsmanship is a fundamental cornerstone of ultimate. There's no referee, all calls are decided based on agreement between teams. If the teams cannot agree then play is taken back to the most recent uncontested state of play. You wouldn't think it would work but it somehow does. The high level of spirit means that both teams fully appreciate any excellent play by the opposition.

Every tournament has a spirit prize and every game is followed by the two teams chatting about the game and playing calls (little amusing games).

September 18, 2005

Top 10 Reasons Why Ultimate Frisbee Rocks In No Particular Order #2

It's amazing to make a perfect catch. The feeling of the disc smoothly entering your grasp after you've done some crazy-spinning-move-thing is great and it's exciting to watch someone else achieve it too. There are so many factors involved in catching a disc that it's incredible that the human body can do it so intuitively.

Top 10 Reasons Why Ultimate Frisbee Rocks In No Particular Order #1

My mind is usually all over the place, it's very difficult to just live in the moment. When i'm playing Ultimate Frisbee this isn't the case, when i'm on the pitch all I care about is the game*. It's great at the end of a tough day to just let the mind recover and relax whilst simulataneously playing one of the fastest projectile-based team sports

*the game includes trying not to injuring yourself or other people

September 02, 2005

The Secret Art Of Ultimate

This is all the stuff the experts don't want you to know, I found it all out by seducing their ladyfriends. The things I do for you people…

1. Stop Thinking and Chill
The less you think about something before doing it, the more chance it has of working. It's all pyschobabble really, but you can probably catch anything if it's just down to reflex rather than a plan. This also happens to be where I believe a lot of lady players go wrong, they seem to think more when playing and hence generally look quite awkward when going for a catch. Movement has to be graceful and look good, yet for some reason in ultimate the men are usually better at this. It must be a confidence thing, I think the woman can probably outplay the men if they play a more improvised game

2. Trust Your Team (So you can blame your team when it all goes wrong)
If you're forcing line, you have to trust that your team is blocking the line cuts, otherwise you'll subconsciously make the break force easier as you try to cover the open side too. Same thing applies if you're marking someone, you have to trust that the forcer won't get broken otherwise you're trying to defend against everything.

3. Don't shout out what a player should be doing at the very moment they should be doing it
It's better that a player does the wrong thing well than get distracted by someone telling them to do something else, wait until a suitable moment to give instructions. Never under any circumstances shout "No Break", it will guarantee a break force throw.

4. Take the risky throws and throw early.
A good defense team is trying to give you the easy throws, try a sneaky throw outside the pitch to the long player (me) instead, the long player (me) will always get there in time. Don't wait for the person to reach the destination before throwing, if they're standing waiting for a catch they're likely to drop it.

September 01, 2005

Ultimate Frisbee

You're all signing up for Ultimate Frisbee next term, it's awesome. I'm not even the publicity officer and i'm saying it.

I'll go for every conceivable catch on the condition that someone makes the throw first, i'm not going to go run somewhere and wait for a throw. I expect the disc to arrive at the same time as me, like it's destiny or something. Oh yeah, if the end-zone is free, regardless of where I am on the pitch, make the throw and i'll score the point.

This entry has been brought to you by my ego.

August 29, 2005

Dear Nottingham

The three day party at the weekend was 300 Ultimate Frisbee players being highly amusing, sorry for the loud music not stopping for over 72 hours. But at least nothing else important was happening in Nottingham at the time.


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