Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Blogging the Huddle- #4

It's a great time to be a young player. There is so much information available on strategies, teams travel much more than they used to, the knowledge about training is miles ahead of what it was.

The most recent addition to this list is The Huddle. This is unique in that it has many different opinions on a common topic.

This bi-week's issue is "The 'Up!' Call" on what to do when you're beat deep and it's thrown.

Responses on what to do immediately were split between "find the disc" and "sprint all-out and react to the receiver finding the disc". (Of course, there was a lot of "It depends..." in there.)

But the purpose of this blog entry is to provide a forum for comments. The editors decided not to allow comments for good reason, but I figure the quality of commentary here is often quite high (better than the posts in some instances!), so have at it. What did you think?

PS. They have 100 000 hits already! It took me a year and a half and 150 posts to get that. Congrats, and well done!


Anonymous said...

Is this just because Alex is getting more comments than you?

parinella said...

No, Alex, it's not. And he's not, if you discount "oh, hi, saw yer name and wanted to drink a beer with u".

AJ said...

If I can't see the frisbee, my guy is cutting deep and I hear "up" I pick a line to where a good throw would be placed, i accelerate up to top speed on that line and then try to find the disc. I think this gives you the best chance to catch up to the well thrown pass, while still having time to adjust to a poorly thrown pass.


Anonymous said...

My strategy typically consists of getting skied, trowing my visor, and then moping out the back of the endzone mumbling about how the wind floated it.

luke said...

other options include
2) point, and call for the 'switch'
3) 'help'

your team mates could probably use some suggestions on how to mark, as well.

there you go, jim, i hope those huddle people take note of the pith they miss by not having a comments section

rob.barrett said...

1) Have already removed your hat so that you don't have to fling it off on the chance you actually need to sprint during the point.

aside - luke, if you ever need another blog title, assuming you don't resurrect the Hulk Times, "pith and vinegar" is the way to go

Ulti-lover said...

I like the Huddle site. I found it via which has all sorts of other good sites too (users submit links so that other users can give them the thumbs up or thumbs down). Comments and feedback are usually a good thing unless they're spam.

I would go for secret option c... don't get beaten deep in the first place.

parinella said...

I'd add (or maybe just reiterate):

a. If you're hopelessly beat and can't catch up, try to cut it off by heading straight to the line and intercepting the low pass.
b. If you're beat and you're pretty sure you aren't going to get the block, try to goad the receiver into misreading it.
c. If you catch up to the receiver well before the disc gets there, go around on the outside and try to claim the inside position.

What I had wanted to do with this was to compare and contrast the answers, see how similar the answers were (which was my first impression with this Issue, whereas other Issues had a range of opinions).

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Anonymous said...

Hm. this is a tough question. I agree with both sides in some cases, but personally I always prefer to play the player and not the disc. When I hear up, I try to move myself into a position literally boxing out the other guy from any viable play on the disc. The thing is, as a shorter more squirrely guy, if I try to play the disc against my man (usually taller than me) I almost always end up getting skied. Therefore, I put myself in such a way that neither of us can play the disc. I don't know if this is the right strategy, but it tends to work until the guy starts throwing his weight around.

Anonymous said...

Any thoughts on Feature 10? Aside, of course, from what you've already put on RSD. Andy and Ben have acknowledged that they wanted some 3rd party commentary.