Wednesday, October 19, 2005

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Blogger homrbush said...

A quick question about the workout regiment in your book: when you listed running distances for each week of training, are those distances your goal for each day, or your goal total for the week?

3:22 AM  
Blogger homrbush said...

Sorry, 1 constructing a team, I've never had O-lines and D-lines. How do you distribute the roster amongst the lines? If you have a roster of 20, do you put 10 players on O and 10 on D? Do you put 7 on each and have 6 'floaters', who can sub for either when they get tired?

3:25 AM  
Blogger Edward Lee said...

Why so harsh on the 3-handler zone O? It's not as if the handlers need to be tethered to the sidelines, dumping and swinging the disc to and fro until the law of averages forces a turnover.

1:39 PM  
Blogger luke said...

did chase get the disc? please describe the look on his face? Could you use the word exegesis in vol. 2? Re: Hucking. Can zaz rip it? Re: huck drill. it seems like letting the 'd' start so close would condition the thrower to throw to 'less than open' cutters? Or does it provide an object lesson in 'less than open?'

How bout some captions: Your chapter one photo (hanging huck) cries out for commentary...

Re: focus. A caveat for younger readers, don't focus at the expense of those pesky walk/don't walk sign that's only 25 yds away....

9:45 PM  
Blogger RHL said...

Thoughts on Defending a Ho-stack and/or spread?
We go back and forth on shutting down the in and using switches to keep a good deep back or just manning up and straight and dealing with it.. but after 1 or two switches, there are holes everywhere just due to the amount of space on the field and in one on one you end up giving something up as in any one on one matchup.
Any recomendations, or is it completely based on the opponent? (Hucks alot, worry more about switching, uses squirrely in cuts predominatly, cover the ins)

5:09 AM  
Blogger Coach Becker said...

Could you further explain this statement that Idris made on his blog?

“its how the book approaches the game, how it thinks about it which is a drastic change from anything that came before it (other books, rsd, etc).”

I've read the book, but I don't recall thinking that the book's "approach" to the game, in the broader sense, was in some way revolutionary. Can someone qualify this implicit difference for me?

9:33 AM  
Blogger Who? said...

Was that you observing the 2001 College Nats final?
I was rooting for Carleton (well... after the fact since I bought the tape in highschool) but how about those two egregious Carleton fouls you struck down, that are very apparent in the tape? Did you have a bad angle or just a fairly aggressive stance on the amount of contact you thought appropriate?

No judgement, I'm just tired of wondering that every time i watch the tape (several times a month)


10:38 PM  
Blogger Who? said...

oh, my bad, i thought this was jims not the book blog (damn ultimatetalk)


great book btw!

12:54 AM  
Blogger MDC said...

I had a question about the swing continuation section (page 16). You talk about shifting your weight to prepare to plant the pivot foot and quickly release the disc. I just wanted to make sure I understood. Say you're the dump and are essentially cutting (and facing) towards the sideline that you're being forced to (a little behind the thrower and angling a bit back towards your own endzone). Are you saying that while the disc is in the air right before your catch, to turn your hips and shoulders so you're facing (at least) downfield, if not facing almost to the swing cut, thereby making the pivot much easier than the 180 degree pivot you'd have otherwise, if you were still facing the forced sideline while you caught it? Is this correct? If not, what is the shifting of weight you're referring to?

12:24 AM  
Blogger parinella said...

Swing continuation: MDC, you have it almost perfectly, although you won't be able to turn your hips more than "at least downfield". You can do this only when your defender is far enough away from you that he won't be able to block the throw, since you'll have to slow down (if you aren't already moving at a jog pace) in order to shift yourself. The idea is to be able to turn quickly to the continuation without turning your back to the field.

7:00 PM  
Blogger hwicha said...

The pressure. recently we have returned home from NSUT (National Students Ultimate Tournament; Finland) being bitten up in 4 games out of 5. We found ourselves in the "Death Pool" and I guess couldn't hanlde the pressure of knowing that we would not win. So after playing first round and being creamed in 3 games of 4, in the next round we could not pull it together and lost it all and as a result place 24 (of 32). How to handle the pressure of a "death pool"?

2:09 PM  
Blogger jdb said...

How did you guys get so smart about ultimate? It really is amazing. Who taught you?

7:16 PM  
Blogger Ptr. said...

hey Jim,

Some Belgians here, we would like to buy your book. However, there seems to be a problem, the euro currency is not availble in our shoppingcart.


ps; Alex (NATO-guy) told us we could learn something from it.

3:21 PM  
Blogger parinella said...

Peter, maybe try Amazon instead of Human Kinetics? I see that the HK site lists it in British pounds but not euros.

JDB, we're just students of the game. More importantly for writing a book, we've both spent a lot of time explaining ultimate, which makes it easier the next time, and also contributes to your own understanding. If you can't explain something, you really don't understand, so it forces you to think about it some more, until you _do_ truly understand it.

Yuri, you learn to handle pressure by being exposed to pressure. If you think your team had problems with choking, try to create high pressure situations in practice (losers run a lot of hard sprints, for instance, or buy beer).

3:44 PM  
Blogger bo said...

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7:13 AM  
Blogger bo said...

I was just wondering about the workout regimen in the book. It breaks the workouts down by week but I don't know what I should be doing every day. Should I be doing the sprints on M,W,F and the gym/plyo/agility on Tu,TH? What is a good daily schedule?

5:54 PM  
Blogger Johnny O said...

Jim - Very much enjoyed the book, which I shared with a friend who has now moved to NYC...with the book! Anyhow, I'm looking for a drill that might help conceptualize "switching" on defense and was wondering if you had any ideas?

Johnny O
Missoula, MT

1:05 PM  
Blogger parinella said...

Johnny O,
Switching drill: two cutters and two defenders not assigned to either cutter, cutters cut. Can do either cutters from the stack to either side, or (the preferred way) to have both cutters go to the open side (either deep or under).

You're probably also going to be playing ultimate on weekends, either practicing or going to tournaments, so Mondays and Fridays should be light days. Generally, the Track workout is one day (say, Tuesday), and the Gym/Plyo/Agility is another day (say, Thursday), giving you four hard workout days per week. The schedule was designed to be in-season.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Windmill said...

authors, i suppose your intented use for the book was not that it be a flat surface helpful for rolling splifs. this photo was taken at a university tournament in brussels this past weekend...

3:07 AM  
Blogger . said...

Hi Jim,

My name is Navin, and I've bought your book, thank you and Eric for putting it together.

I've been promoting Ultimate in India where it's picking up. I studied in the 100 year international school in India where Ultimate was first introduced to the country.

I'm based for a while in New York, and was wondering if you ever visit the city, if so, I'd be very grateful if I could get some coaching from you on Ultimate, I'd like to know your rates for coaching.

warm wishes

5:52 PM  
Blogger parinella said...

Hi Navin,
Thanks for commenting. Good to see ultimate spreading to new places.

Coaching isn't really my game. I'd suggest trying to hook up with one of hte NY-based teams. For online info, check out and as well as my older posts at


9:10 PM  
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9:10 PM  
Blogger . said...

Thanks Jim, for the sites you gave me. I have looked at them and will appy what you and Eric have talked about in your book.


5:44 PM  
Blogger ultimatetom said...

Was wondering what kinda off-season training, you could recommend to a team that's making progress but is still quiet young and restless?

1:11 AM  

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