We're back to running four days a week (plus holidays, of course). I heard this past Tuesday we had like 25+ people show up, which is pretty good for March numbers. Someone (probably Richard) told me the weather is supposed to be beautiful for like at least 7 more days. I have no confidence in weather forecasts, but I am more than willing to predict (read: lie about) beautiful weather if it will encourage more people to come to frisbee.
Brian is going back to school soon. But before he does, he has graciously offered his time to give a clinic on structured (some might say "competitive") ultimate. The level of detail will be tailored to the people who show up. Beginners will learn a lot, advanced folks will get a really nice refresher (spring season just started, perfect time to get back in the ultimate mindset), and I think intermediate-level folks will really get the most out of this.
There will be bananas and donuts provided. I know it's the day after St. Patrick's Day, but a long day of frisbee will be a great cure for whatever ailments befall you. (Probably.) Here's a rough sketch of what he plans go over.
-Common terms and things heard on the field
-Fouls: What to do when things are called, and common calls
-Flow: How to advance the disc in an efficient manner with competitive opponents
-Cutting: How to cut for you, and for your team
-Forcing: How to force and how to set up for different forces.
-Marking + Positioning: Proper marking and positioning on a man
-Proper form for backhand and forehand
Some background, for those of you who don't know Brian:
"So most of you know me already, but I just wanted to give you a bit more info about myself in the context of competitive ultimate. I am in my fourth year at University of Cincinnati, have started all four years, and have been captain for the past three. In my four years at Cinci, we have gone from a team who lost every game in conference, to a team that placed 5th at regionals, and recently ranked 26th in the nation. I fill all of my free time with ultimate, albeit with pick-up or competitive summer/fall/winter leagues. I have run clinics with my UC team for youth ultimate groups in Cincinnati, and been out to help coach some of the teams after. I may play goofy and lazy with you guys at Busse, but i wanted to assure you that I do in fact know what I am talking about and eat, sleep and breathe this sport. Hopefully I'll see you guys out there."
Right after the clinic, we've got a cool couple hours of recreational ultimate going on. And then we'll have our semi-competitive game, where we can put some of this learning and these tools into play.
The emphasis for this week's semi-competitive game will focus STRONGLY on what was worked on during the clinic, so there may be some frequent stoppages to explain things, get people into position, etc.
See you on the field,