The Huddle es una nueva página creada a modo de foro y en la que participan algunas de las mentes más reconocidas del Ultimate en USA.
La primera edición trató acerca de los pros y contras de los stacks vertical y horizontal, y leer los artículos de los distintos autores realmente ayuda a entender el por qué de las distintas formaciones. Asimismo, hacen énfasis en el hecho de que cada jugador debe conocer su papel en el campo y que la ofensiva en general debe buscar los tiros de mayor probabilidad de ser completados (los cuales pueden variar dependiendo del equipo):
In my view, and from the couple years I saw, DoG ran a stack/iso offense. DoG took the throws that were given to them and were very disciplined in their throws and decision-making. Each player knew their role and executed their offense efficiently, which allowed them to move the disc and take the big throw on what they considered a high percentage throw.
Furious, on the other hand, had some great throwers who are able to make outstanding hucks upwind to very good receivers and were not afraid to make the big throw. By having great throwers, they were able to maintain the disc until they were able to put up a huck that was a high percentage. (Maybe I’m arguing for Ho, but I still feel that both are effective and it depends upon personnel).
Y, aunque no tenemos suficientes jugadores para tener tryouts, los principios que deben aplicarse cuando uno está trying out para un equipo deben aplicarse todo el tiempo:
I would say the #1 thing I’m looking for in a tryout is someone who works hard. If you work hard every moment of your tryout that will stand out to anyone. Whether you’re at tournaments, practices or track workouts, you better be giving it your all at all times. This includes traits like being on time/early to everything, busting your ass at track (and also having been at the track/weight room prior to tryouts), being healthy for the tryout whenever possible, jogging to water, making eye contact with people explaining drills/offense/etc, and talking from the sideline at tournaments and practices.
BVH (Capitán de PoNY) tiene un buen artículo sobre su experiencia como Coach del equipo Juniors de USA que va a Vancouver. Encuentro especialmente valioso el siguiente párrafo:
Be the defender who uses intelligence, positioning, and quickness to prevent his guy from getting open for uncontested passes. Be the defender who visibly hassles/ flusters the thrower with unpredictable movement and energy on the mark. Do not go for poach Ds; do not go for handblocks at the expense of letting off breakmark throws; do not bait layout Ds. Handblocks and layout Ds are flashy, but good captains/coaches will appreciate the flawless fundamentals that make for excellent team defense. (Also, flawless fundamental defense should create plenty of opportunities for flashy big plays.)
By the way, Ben, they misspelled your last name.