Read these carefully and ask if something doesn't make
Focus - By far the most important
principle in most sports. "What seperates good players and
great players is not skill but focus ." It drives you
through training, throwing, catching, decision making, listening,
sprinting and every other aspect of the game. In order to excel in
ultimate, it is necessary to be able to focus purely on the task at
hand. When making a catch, do not think about extraneous
details (spectators, how good you look, pain you will feel when you
land, thoughts about what you will do with the disc next).
This takes some people 3
years of college ultimate to
attain. Pressure can play a role in
hampering this principle... confidence is key here.
Space - Includes field sense and
timing. Know where cutters can cut and throw to open
space. Know where handlers can throw (in relation to the mark)
and cut to open space (after decieving your
defender). Utilize dead space for resting purposes (You
usually can wait for other cutters to cut while in a dead
3. Weight -
Good motion demands good balance. On defense, a good mark
relies heavily on balance. Weight is even more important when
throwing a disc. Be mindful of your weight/balance next time
you throw (especially when stepping out... be consistent with your form)
Communication - Calling for help when beaten (short
OR long). Asking upperclassmen for help on ANY issue.
Resolving issues off the field as well is neccessary for team chemistry.
Efficiency - Only do what is neccessary to complete
a task (getting open/faking the mark out). No extraneous
motions are neccessary as they will take away from energy reserves.
- In every ultimate game, the losing team's offense
has had the disc enough times to score a winning number of
points. This is a mind blowing observation, but not everyone
on the team has this principle in mind when on the field. All
team members must whole-heartedly buy into the
philosophy. For example: do not throw 75% chance
throws, only 90% and above.