ultiworld:

The Top 10 Plays from the 2013 National Championships!

posted : Thursday, November 7th, 2013

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Super starstruck right now at Terminus

posted : Sunday, July 21st, 2013

As I lay in my bed scrolling through tumblr, mentally running through game situations in my head before tryouts tomorrow,

I realize it’s finally here again. Club season. NexGen, Grueling workouts. The bro tanks. All of it comes rushing back to me in a wave of giddy excitement It’s a worlds qualifying year so teams will be bringing out everything they’ve got even more so than before which will make for some great highlights. Maybe on of you will be on those reels. Hopefully so. Good luck and may the disc always fall in your favor, Alex

posted : Sunday, May 12th, 2013

In lieu of the impending club season,

I’d like to share a post one of the league members shared with me on tryouts. I’l post the first part tonight and the second tomorrow. There have been some tryout-relevant topics on my mind the last couple years that always seem to crop up around tryout time. just thought I’d throw them out there to see if anyone wanted to discuss with me.

So here’s the situation — You’re nervously getting prepped to try out for a club team. It’s the week before the first round of tryouts. What do you do?

There’s a litany of info around… (the huddle has an early issue devoted to the topic, other resources like ‘inner game of tennis’ or ‘mind gym’ etc or zips tips (see 5/19/03 Paul Greff entry) give you some insight on mental prep, etc).

Despite these resources, I find that many tryouts surprisingly show up a bit clueless. Maybe you’ve been on one or both ends of this – the clueless tryout or the vet who is intrigued (in a bad way) by the clueless tryout. (yes, I certainly feel like I’ve been both).

Some of my personal thoughts on things you must do to avoid being clueless:

1. Physical prep. Superior athleticism is an easy way to stand out if you can achieve it. Obviously you’ve had some time between deciding to try out and the actual tryout dates. Hopefully you used this time to get in pretty awesome shape. If not … hopefully you’re realistic about your expectations (see #2 and #4).

2. Know thyself. By a week out, you should def have made an assessment of your skills – something like, “I’m great at shutdown D on cutters. And keeping the disc moving. And throwing around breaks. And I’m kinda weak on consistently throwing a 40 yd flick. And covering handlers.” Know your strengths and weaknesses, and formulate a plan to showcase your strengths and minimize exposure of your soft underbelly.

3. Your body is a temple. Hydrate. Sleep. Adopt a balanced diet w/ plentiful fruits, veggies, and omega3s. Stretch. Ice.

4. Understand what the team needs. can you accentuate the skills you have that fit those needs? Don’t be afraid to ask the coach, captain, or someone you know best on the team what kind of player the team is looking for. If your strengths don’t exactly fit, all is not necessarily lost (see #5). Unless you possess none of the qualities listed in #5.

5. Know the attributes that a team can always use in its players: consistent O and D fundamentals, self awareness, superior athleticism, good teammates.

6. Bring confidence. But leave your cockiness at home. No one really likes your inner arrogant asshole. I know, it’s shocking.

7. Plan to learn something. There are potentially some world class ultimate players who are vets on the team you’re trying out for. You’ll get to spend a weekend (or two) playing with and defending against them. If you’re a fast visual learner, pick someone who exemplifies your strengths or those strengths you want. Dissect what she does in specific situations, and emulate if you can. (maybe it’s a certain type of throw in a sticky situation, maybe it’s footwork when guarding a deep cutter, maybe it’s timing and spacing of her cuts).

8. Keep working hard throughout. Push the vets and other tryouts. School them. Give it all you’ve got. BUT – don’t injure yourself.

The process is essentially a job interview. Arrive early. Listen. Showcase your strengths. Know your weaknesses so you aren’t caught off-guard by them. Be willing and able to learn. Be enthusiastic, but not over the top. Did I mention be early, avoid showing up hungover, be good sideline support when you’re not on the field, and … be early?

I mean, the guiding principles are to be sensible, be mature, and control your controllables.

Common sense, right? One would think.

other thoughts?

Orignally by Angela Lin

posted : Saturday, May 11th, 2013

ultiworld:

Wow. This is a ROOKIE from Auburn University.

ultiworld:

Wow. This is a ROOKIE from Auburn University.

posted : Saturday, January 19th, 2013

reblogged from : Get Fast, Get Strong

Part one of a pretty cool series following Revolver’s world championship run. Enjoy!

-Alex

posted : Friday, January 18th, 2013

Ladies layout too!

-Alex

posted : Thursday, January 17th, 2013

It’s highlight season. Club natties are over and a slew of highlight reels from various club teams are being released!

-Alex

posted : Thursday, January 17th, 2013

posted : Thursday, January 17th, 2013

So who’s gonna get this one? 

And yes, I’m back. 

Uuuuupppp!!!!

So who’s gonna get this one?

And yes, I’m back.

Uuuuupppp!!!!

(Source: ultimatefieldofdreams)

posted : Monday, January 7th, 2013

reblogged from : shark movies bring out a rough crowd