Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Tournament 7 - Lesson 2 - Rumours are true, A moving disc is harder to cover with moss

Hey Folks, (haven't started with that in a while)

One of the lessons at the tournament was actually brought up by our exchange captain, Shaggy. On the Friday before the tournament I had just put up a post on GT's private team blog about the exact same concept. Great minds think alike? It's such a simple thing - move the disc at low stall counts.

Pictured Above: Mark Gravely of Roy in their new uniforms at Jazzfest (photo courtesy of Jaleel).

Sure there are different styles of offense. Your team might like to huck or prefer to swing and break, but when the disc sits in a handler's hands for 6 stalls as they wait for something to develop it just tends to hurt the offense.

This is especially true when the disc is on the sideline. Personally, I catch the disc on the sideline. Look for the huck. Look for the in cut. Then by stall 2 I'm ready to move the disc back to the middle of the field. Sometimes I won't even look upfield. To be honest, I tend to do this regardless of where I am on the field except when I'm the primary handler walking the disc to the brick mark or letting a play initialize off a pull. I suspect that even in these situations I should move the disc early.

The beauty of a moving disc is not only does the defensive player have to defend you, but now as the disc constantly changes position on the field, the defender has to change their positioning relative to you and the disc. This means the offense has an even greater advantage of angles. And we all know how powerful math can be.

Pictured Above: Fiesty's Shiovean Woods in their hot pink uniforms watches a throw get off at Jazzfest (photo courtesy of Jaleel).

What's the downside of moving the disc fast? Well, one of the GT guys, Malcolm, came up to me last night and stated it exactly. You have to think fast and play relaxed at the same time. Quick decisions and always moving the disc means you need to be aware of lots of information and process it very quickly. This is likely the time where the D can get a poach D because the offense is too focused on the next pass and not doing eye sweeps for defenders. It's tricky to move the disc fast, but good spacing and timing will make it hard for any defense to stop you.



Captain Orangutan said...

I've always preferred this style of play - not only does it keep the defense reacting, but I've found it to be a very fun way of playing - it's fast moving, open cuts don't get looked off and everyone gets involved.