Tip Tuesday – Person Defence

Person Defence

This week, we’re talking about person defence. In our drills and scrimmages, we’re focusing on one thing when it comes to person defence: shutting down the unders.

You may be familiar with the term ‘unders’ but if not, an under refers to a cut towards the thrower rather than a deep strike which is a cut away from the thrower. Unders don’t typically gain big yards but these high percentage passes can have your opponents moving up the field quickly, and the next thing you know they’ll be on the endzone line looking for the score. Instead of letting our opponents get these easy passes, we want to force them to throw it deep or break the mark. By taking away the unders, we’re forcing the opposing team to make more difficult throws, which increases our odds of taking the disc.

But how do we shut down unders? By staying square to your receiver, staying in an athletic stance, and staying in the most dangerous lane at all times. By keeping your hips square to your receiver, you can react quickly to their changes in direction and if you’re in an athletic stance (hips low, knees bent, weight forward), you can accelerate after they cut and stay close to them to put pressure on any pass that may go up to them. To stay in the most dangerous lane, we need to constantly re-evaluate where the disc is in respect to our receiver and put our body in that space. As the disc moves across the field, the most dangerous cut will change. It’s the defender’s job to identify where the most dangerous cut is and put their body in the way to stop that cut. This takes a lot of field awareness and will result in continuous adjustments to maintain a good defensive position.

Think about these things as you play Ultimate this week. Do you keep your hips square to your receiver when you play defence? Are you constantly thinking about where the disc is in relation to your receiver and what the most dangerous cut is? What about your footwork on defence: when your receiver quickly changes directions, can you keep up?

Here are some links you can check out for some more information.

This video features some great insight from Alex Davis on how to play aggressive person defence.

And this article from UltiWorld does a fantastic job of talking about some key person defence principles by using 42 seconds of a game as an example. We also like this article because it talks about some more advanced ideas when it comes to person defence like orbiting, shouldering checking, and buffering.

Both of these links will hopefully give you some new things to think about when it comes to playing great Person Defence.

Introducing Shadow

The third team in the Storm System this season will be called Shadow! Named after a group of Jaguars, Shadow will try to sneak up on their opponents and pounce when they are unsuspecting. We are very excited to have this third team as part of our system.

Here is the Shadow Roster for 2016.

  • Adison Oliver
  • Adrian Chung
  • Andrew Maranta
  • Ben McCarron
  • Dan Bennet
  • Dan Carlson
  • David Wulff
  • Eniko Zsoldos
  • Eric Hunsberger
  • Jacob Fisher
  • James Robinson
  • Jena De Avila
  • Justin DeGeer
  • Katherine Mazereeuw
  • Maja Kokotovic
  • Mandy Dunbar
  • Marcel Lee
  • Sherry Lin
  • Sydney Dunbar

Coach: Andrew Portwine

Expanding Our Horizons

We want to thank everyone who came out to tryouts over the past few weeks. Through cold weather and rainy conditions, over 125 people participated in tryouts for Crash and Thunder and the leadership could not be more proud of the effort and energy everyone brought to the field. With so many people interested in playing Mixed ultimate frisbee this summer, we quickly realized that 2 teams wouldn’t be enough to accommodate all the talent that we saw. So we’re thrilled to announce that we’re welcoming a third mixed team to the Crash and Thunder system, and we’re really excited that we get to share the experience of touring ultimate with even more players in the area.

This third team, which is yet-to-be-named, will be lead by Coach Andrew Portwine. Portwine is a long time ultimate frisbee player and an experienced coach, and we’re excited that he’ll be leading this team for the 2016 season. Like both Crash and Thunder, this third team will be focused on development, keeping a positive attitude on and off the field, and enjoying the touring ultimate experience for everything it has to offer. Coach Portwine is looking forward to working with a committed team looking to improve their skills and attend a few tournaments to gauge their improvement throughout the season.

Practice for this third team will start this Tuesday, and they’ll be attending tournaments throughout the summer in the area. A roster announcement will follow in the coming days.