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2012-11-27

[The Huddle] Catching
RISE UP Ultimate: S1 Ep 4 - The Moment of the Catching [Preview]

Tonight's practice is going to focus on catching. This was a BIG issue we had during day 1 at CUFF, so we are going to focus on a lot of the fundamentals of catching tonight and for the rest of the fall.

"The MOST important second in ultimate is the moment you catch the disc and then look upfield."
- Ben Wiggins, RISEUP Season 1, Episode 4 - The Moment of Catching (Improving Your Hands)

Key Points
We want to maximize the security of our catches and make every catch.
We also need to work on dynamically moving from the catch to the next throw (upfield).
Practice whipping your head and shoulder around, so you can locate the next target to throw the disc and get your body in a position where it is ready to continue moving the disc quickly.
No drops = not pushing yourself - need to expand your comfort zone with catching and stretch your abilities.
Always want to be running FULL SPEED at the disc and catch it as soon as possible.
Do not let the disc come into your stomach and "clap catch" it.
Fully extend your arms and jab your butt out to box out your potential defender from getting a layout.
Rip the disc out of the air with your hand(s) to ensure that you have secured it.
Get your hands up and ready to catch the disc as you approach - don't wait until the last second to ready your hands.
    May ruin your running form and slow you down slightly, but makes you prepared to catch the disc in more places.
When I come out of a hard cut, I will flash my hands up to my chest for a quick second to let the thrower know that I am ready to receive the disc.
Practice at full speed. Despite what Allen Iverson says, practice actually does matter.
Work on turning over the correct shoulder to be able to look upfield as quickly as possible.
    See the endzone as early as possible.
Success is measured by going from catch to throw upfield in less than a second (before the mark gets to stall 2).
You need to be in control of your movements and constantly pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.
Practice catching on a DAILY basis.

Coaching vocab from Ben Wiggins
No drops = not pushing yourself
Practice at full speed
Get hands up and ready
Look upfield as quickly as possible
Turn over correct shoulder

Drills
Distractor Tube

Groups of 5
Thrower, Reciever, 3 Distractors
Set up 2 distractors 10 yards away from the thrower with a gap in the middle for the disc to be thrown through. The third distractor is located 3 yards behind the gap. Setup cones 5 yards away from both horizontal distractors. The receiver runs from cone to cone and catches the disc in the disctractor tube each time. He then immediately sets his feet and throws it back to the thrower for the next rep. Distractors yell UP every time the disc is thrown. Receiver cuts hard for 30 seconds and then everyone rotates. Receiver becomes thrower to practice throwing when you are tired. Distractors are waving their arms the entire time, but never actually touch the disc.

Nietzsche
partner up with one thrower and one receiver. throw for 30 seconds each. receiver cuts deep, plants and comes under to catch it on the flick side. throw back. cut deep, plant and come under and catch on the backhand side. throw back. repeat until 30 seconds is up. each person goes twice. on second time through, fake the regular throw back and pivot and throw the break throw back to the thrower.

Nietzsche with continue
Groups of 3. do Nietzsches like above, but this time after the receiver catches the disc, he looks upfield to complete a continue pass to the 3rd player. Thrower --> Receiver --> Continuation (who becomes next thrower as middle player gets 30 seconds worth of hard cutting). Continuation guys should also be setting up cuts deep to practice timing. as the middle player catches the disc, the continuation should be planting hard and exploding out of their cut to catch the next pass and be a viable option to the thrower as soon as he looks upfield. everyone should focus on catching the disc with arms extended and butt jabbed out to catch the disc as early as possible and prevent defenders from getting a D.

Come to/Breakmark
Regular drill with throws to the open side. Have a continuation receiver set up on each end, so players can get comfortable catching the disc and then immediately looking up field.  When we switch to "breakmark" segment, the marks will be at "100" or "no dump" the entire time, forcing the thrower to throw upfield and practicing our new marking mindset of refusing to allow the thrower to get off the throw we are taking away (i.e., easy backhand around resets against a force flick. we want to force teams to beat us with upfield break throws). It will also ease the throwers into throwing break throws by giving them a wider than usual window to throw breaks. It is okay if these throws are not 100% because we are expanding the throwers repertoire, as well as giving the receivers more practice catching shitty throws.

Bowling Alley
3 lines of cutters in a well spaced vert stack with 3-5 yards between cutter to prevent in-game pick calls and work on proper stack spacing. stationary thrower(s) to complete first pass. deepest line cuts in. second line times their cut by going deep and planting hard to come under and catch the continue throw. first line has slowly been creeping deeper to time their deep cut. as the second player catches the disc, the final cut should be 10-15 yards away and bust deep for a long continue throw. This drill focuses on catching and getting quick continue throws off. It also teaches cutters the correct timing they should incorporate into their cuts. you need to have a mental clock in your head to know when your teammate is catching the disc, so you can plant and come under the continuation throw as soon as he is ready and looking upfield. our offense will be exponentially more successful if we can get this timing down and move the disc upfield with cutter to cutter (to cutter) throws.
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