A Day in the Life of a GB Squad
Points to consider throughout practice:
- Intensity: when we’re on stage in a drill or game, we bring maximum intensity. We will have plenty of rest periods between reps.
- Focus: again, when it’s time for us to drill or play, high levels of focus are required. There is time for goofing off and relaxing, but if we want to step up then we need to bring all our focus.
- Push your limits: We can only improve if we push our limits. No-one cares if you make mistakes today, and if it helps you become a better player in the future then it’s worth making mistakes.
- Embrace failure: Success only comes from failing lots and lots of times!
Individual Skills 1: Increasing the distance on your forehand huck
- Tight grip
- Lead with the elbow
- Throw hard
For a lot of people, this also involved keeping your feet still to reduce balance problems. If your throws are leaning then it’s likely that you are too! :-) Try to make sure that your torso is upright and you are releasing the disc without showing the underside to the wind.
Individual Skills 2: Intelligent cutting; how to create a throwing lane
- Engage your defender: the faster you run at your defender, the harder it is for them to guard you! People will always run forwards faster than they can run backwards, so you’ll force your defender to turn their hips… when they do, strike! Read more here: Engaging Defenders
- Seal the lane: put your body between the defender and the space you want to attack. Read more: Sealing the Lane
- Hold your position: after creating a cutting lane, make sure you don’t give your defender a chance to get back and make a play on the disc. Try to keep the defender on the other side of your body to the disc, and don’t run under the disc as your defender will have a chance to make a play on the disc.
Individual Skills 3: Playing Better Defence on Cutters
- Know your priorities: all players are fulfilling a role within a team, so it is vital that the team all works together. See more here; Establishing Defensive Priorities
- First step defence: whenever players are changing direction, be ready to use your first step to block off their cutting lane
- Hold your position: push cutters wide, give them the open side, don’t just follow them but remember to protect the most important space on the field
Want to know more? Shutting down the cutter in the open lane
Individual Skills 4: Guarding Handlers
- Move if your player is moving; see Stopping the up line cut
- Dictate which shoulder they must take; see Choosing a shoulder
- Remember your priorities; you can’t stop everything! See more here; Establishing Defensive Priorities
Team Skills: Horizontal Stack Fundamentals
- Keep the stack short! We want to huck as much as possible in horizontal stack so start your cuts near the disc and don’t drift too deep.
- Peppermills to initiate movement
- Generate flow using the secondary pair. See Cutting, Clearing and Maintaining Flow
Read more: Horizontal Stack
Team Skills: Zone Defence & Offence
- O & D are static; allow D to move once everyone is comfortable
- Focus: use appropriate throws, communicate. Thrower must call the name of the intended receiver!
- Use misdirection! Fakes move defenders
- Reduce stall as you get used to it; increases speed of decision making
Next, we’ll look at throwing into space. Most people who play zone defence throw to static players, but that gives an advantage to the defence because they know exactly where the disc is going to be caught and this “static” view of the field is easier to defend. By making movements you can drag defenders around and generate space. When the cutters work well, the throwing is EASY because there are multiple options and lots of space to throw into.
Drill detail: Attacking the field through throws
Drill: Throwing into Space
- O & D can move
- Not allowed to throw to someone who is standing still; every throw must be into space and caught while moving. This encourages us to look for free space, not just at a shirt.
- Cutters must work together to generate space at the right time to make life easy for the thrower
- Focus: visual & vocal communication, use appropriate throws
- O & D can move
- If a defender tags the player holding the disc, it’s a turnover
- Need to move the disc extremely quickly, and throw to areas of the field without defenders
- Focus: bringing everything together. Playing under pressure.
- THINK QUICK! Challenge yourself by reducing the amount of time you’re allowed to sit on the disc.
- Increasing your throwing toolbox ensures that you can use the right throw when you need it; this is a great opportunity to get throwing the kind of throws that you might not normally use in games
- Downfield players create space to make your handlers’ lives easy