Thursday, June 7, 2012

Summer 2012

Here are some suggestions for what you should be doing if you want to be a better player when you get back to school in the fall.  In no particular order:
  • Do a written self-assessment right now.  Think about the things you do on the field and identify your strengths and weaknesses.  Ask teammates whose opinions you respect what they think you need to work on.
  • Spend lots of time doing focused throwing.  Take 5 discs and go out by yourself and work on a single throw for half an hour.  The two most important things to be working on are: (1) get your entire body in the right position to make the throw you want to make, and (2) attempt to control the entire flight path of your throw.  Here are the videos from last fall:
  • Get in the gym.  The actual workout you do isn't that important.  What is important is to find a workout and follow the workout.  I'd recommend Westside for Skinny Bastards.
  • Go play as much as you can.  If you can find a real team to practice with, that's great.  If you're just playing pickup, put yourself in a position to work on your weaknesses instead of just messing around.
  • Think about your mental game.  You can get a used copy of The Inner Game of Tennis for $4.  Read it.  Understand it.
  • Watch Ultimate and read about Ultimate.  There is a lot of great information available at The Huddle, Skyd Magazine, and lots of other places.  If you find something useful, share it with your teammates.
  • Set goals for yourself.  Think about what your Outcome Goals are.  Pick about 5 process goals that will help you achieve those outcome goals.  Write them down somewhere where you will see them every day.
    • Outcome Goal:  Something measurable.  For example: "I want to be able to throw a 70 yard backhand huck," or "I want to be able to squat 250 pounds."
    • Process Goal:  Something that is 100% within your control.  For example: "I'm going to throw for at least 20 minutes every day," or "I'm going to lift three times per week."