Spring 2016 Tournament Calendar

Tournament dates are scattered out across twitter, r/ultimate, USAU’s tournament page, ultimate central, and our inboxes, and can sometimes be hard to keep up to date. Don’t worry, we’ve put everything together in one place.

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We pulled all the tournaments that we know teams from the SE usually attend, and added most of the major “national” tournaments. If we missed something obvious, let us know!

High Five v Machine | Great Lakes Men’s Final 2015 (2nd Half)

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In case you missed it on Twitter or Reddit, here is HD-quality second half footage of the Men’s Final at 2015 Great Lakes Regionals. Be sure to see James Highsmith’s awesome layout score around 11:40 (or just look at this sweet GIF). If you dislike the commentary, blame PBR, Woodford Reserve, donuts and disappointment. If you like frisbee, then let’s be friends.


 

MOTOWN THROWDOWN 2015 WRAP-UP & REPORT CARD | WOMEN’S DIVISION

Rival


Written by Abbey Geib


Motown Throwdown was an exciting chance for teams to work out the kinks from their previous tournaments and really dive into this season’s competition. Although there were only four teams in this division, players got to face off against one of the strongest contenders for this year’s regional championship, Rival. You can view the official brackets and final scores here.

POOL PLAY

This entire weekend was beyond beautiful. The sun was shining, the fields were excellent, and players were ready for some spirited and aggressive women’s ultimate. Pool play was round robin.

Rival—a University of Michigan and OSU Alumni team—was strong the entire day, never giving away more than two points to their opponents. They took advantage of every mistake. Their offense led the charge scoring 13 quickly in each round. Most notably, their Michigan alum Tracey Lo was tearing up the field with her unbelievably low and around break throws. For a person on the shorter side of the scale, Tracey is a hard-working handler who can confidently throw the disc wherever she wants.

RevoLOUtion and Notorious CLE were the first contest of the day. Revo showed their talent but were gassed by the end of the game with some of their roster absent on Saturday morning. It isn’t easy having to play teams like Belle and Notorious boasting over 17 players on their sidelines. Overall, it was a close game — Revo held the lead for most of the game with Notorious right on their heels. Notorious snuck in two quick points at the end of the game, beating Revo 10-9 and breaking seed in the first round.

In the next game, Revo and Cincinnati Belle faced off in a hard-fought battle. Coming off of a first round loss isn’t easy, so this game really showed just how scrappy Belle can be and how their ability to catch floaty discs can really turn games in their favor. Haley and Maddie Swanson weren’t letting up per usual but the rest of the team followed suit and played to their potential. In the end, Belle beat Revo 10-8 also breaking seed.

For the last game of the day, Notorious took on Belle in a momentous rematch from SCINNY. If you haven’t read the last wrap up, (SCINNY Wrap Up) Belle and Notorious split two neck-in-neck games to universe in Cincinnati, leaving the series tied at 1-1. This game was going to prove how hard each team had been working on beating the other, and it showed when Notorious took over the game to win 13-3. It was easy to see that Notorious had been training to beat bracketing on offense and control the vertical stack on defense.

BRACKET PLAY

There were only two rounds of bracket play on Sunday. The first games were Belle vs. Notorious and Rival vs. RevoLOUtion.

Revo added players to their sidelines on Sunday morning, which helped them stay competitive against Rival. However, Rival’s offense is not to be messed with. They don’t make many mistakes but when they do, their defense is aggressive, using height and experience to capitalize on everyone else’s mistakes and score easily. Game went to hard-cap and Revo were able to do the best against Rival so far, but still inevitably lost 15-5.

Belle and Notorious played once again and had a similar outcome to Saturday’s game. Belle made too many mistakes and couldn’t figure out a solid way to beat any defense Notorious threw. Notorious did give praise to Katherine Fry from Belle on the sickest around break throw through the mark to her handler coming up the left side. It was a magical connection. Notorious beat Belle 15-3 and headed to the championship round against Rival.

The championship was a good match with as much intensity at the previous Revo vs. Rival game. Notorious made a valiant attempt with their universe offensive line to score as many points as possible against the elite contender. In the end, they did better against Rival than the previous day, scoring 5 points and taking Rival to hard cap but Rival wouldn’t abandon their throne and won Motown 15-5. Congratulations Rival!

TOURNAMENT REPORT CARD

Organization: A

Everything was very organized.

Communication: A

Rounds started on time, good email communication from TD.

Merchandise: A

VC sponsored and had excellent merchandise for all of the players.

Fields: A+

Besides the birds and certain people’s fear of them, the fields were beyond excellent. There weren’t many if any divots and the lines for things, people, and players were great to have on the sidelines.

Water/food: A

Each team was given a food bag with bagels, bananas, and apples, Gatorade was also given later in the day. Water was easily accessible and always filled when I was there.

Competition: A-

I mean, what can you really say when there are only four teams? It was awesome to play against a top team like Rival and it was also great to see RevoLOUtion come up for the tournament but I wish teams that said they were going to be there put more of an effort for the sake of women’s ultimate in our region.

Format: A

Again, it’s not hard to set up a four-team tournament. There was a lot of back and forth from the teams and the TDs about what to do and I think everyone got out of the weekend what they wanted.

Spirit: A

It was so great to talk to some of the girls on the sidelines. There was banter and introductions and for the most part it was very friendly competition.

SCINNY 2015 Wrap-Up & Report Card | Women’s Division

Dish


Written by Abbey Geib


By popular demand, the women’s division at SCINNY 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio, was USAU sanctioned with six teams vying for the golden gnomes! This year’s SCINNY showed talent across the East Plains teams and high hopes for a bigger push in the Women’s section. You can view the official brackets and final scores here. (Disclosure: Author currently plays for Notorious CLE.)

 

Pool Play

For the first games of the day, the fields were pushed back twenty yards to avoid mud puddles in end zones. Clouds lazed over the players’ heads all day with a few sprinkles but overall it was good weather to play some zone. SCINNY was the first tournament for a lot of these players and Great Lakes teams. Having Dish—who are a well-established team and the top seed—was good competition for teams like Frenzy, Flo and Notorious CLE that were either newly playing together or at their first tournament together as newly established teams.

Hitting the ground running at the season’s first tournament is a challenge. As a result, Dish and Notorious CLE played a rusty yet intense game of ultimate. Notorious CLE had the best score against Dish all weekend and spirits were high. Flo took Belle 12-4 and Frenzy beat Chattanooga’s Golden Girls 11-6 in the first round of pool play.

I have to take a second here and give the Golden Girls two thumbs up for last weekend: one thumb for their fancy fairy wings and one for their shotski (which they willingly shared with the other teams).

The two closest games of the weekend came from the third and fourth seeds—Notorious CLE and Cincinnati Flo—when they met in pool play Saturday and bracket play Sunday. These two teams played hard-fought battles, point for point, both days. The first game in pool play had a disputed hard-cap ruling, which ended with another two points being played. After talking to the TDs the next day, it was concluded that Flo was correct in their ruling. But that didn’t matter after Flo’s handler, Candice Otrembiak, took over with her impressive throws over the top of the cup. After multiple turnovers from both sides and two lengthy points, she led Flo to an 11-10 victory.

The third round of pool play had the biggest upset with Cincinnati Belle taking a huge win over the #2 seed Frenzy. Both teams went point for point all game until Belle pulled ahead to show the other competition that age is just a number, and that their playing skills and athleticism are far beyond their sixth seeded placement.

The last round of the day went as expected. In a fairly even and spirited game between Notorious CLE and a down-on-their-luck Chicago Frenzy, CLE was able to sneak in a few more points than Frenzy, winning 11-4. Unfortunately, Maddie Strnad—a Case Western Reserve sophomore and breakout CLE cutter—twisted her ankle and had to be carried off the field, leaving Notorious CLE with a potential lack in their cutting space for Sunday’s bracket play.

The last round of pool play was on Sunday morning. Belle showed their strength again against Notorious CLE sharing points throughout the game and showing that their team is #TWINNING. The athleticism of Belle’s twin captains Hayley & Maddie Samson is phenomenal, leading a team of equally gifted women who can run the field all day and catch anything that comes within 15 feet of them. Unfortunately, Belle had a hard time with zone offense and let Notorious CLE get in their heads and force silly turnovers that turned into scores. The end result was a very close 8-7 win for Notorious CLE.

Bracket Play

Bracket play started off with another Flo and Notorious CLE showdown. Let me tell you, Saturday’s game was intense and tensions were high for both teams, but Sunday’s matchup showed that the players had a softer side. Both teams really calmed and showed great sportsmanship for one another — producing an aggressive but spirited contest. And though the squads went point for point again, Flo eked it out by a couple near the end, winning over Notorious 9-7 and earning a ticket to the finals against Dish.

5th Place – Chattanooga Golden Girls | Golden Girls upset the two seed Frenzy to take fifth place. Guess we should all be doing more shotskis! (Shotttttskiiiii, shottttttttskiiiii!) 

3rd Place – Cincinnati Belle | In the game for third place, Belle and Notorious CLE met for the second time. Both teams took what they had learned from their previous game and used it to their advantage. Notorious stuck with using their zone defense to pressure the handler set while Belle used quick passes and vertical throws up the sideline to eventually take third place 12-11.

1st Place – Chicago Dish | Dish really solidified themselves as one of the teams to beat in the Great Lakes region, taking the championship and the golden gnomes 11-2 against Cincinnati Flo.

Dish’s point differential on the weekend should paint a perfectly accurate and intimidating picture for you: 89-16. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Congratulations to all of the teams for their hard work and dedication over last weekend. Beast Plains is looking forward to more women’s ultimate coverage.

 

Tournament Report Card

 

Organization: B+

The tournament rules were not explained very well and a lot of the teams couldn’t hear the hard-cap horn. However, rounds did start on time and there was good email communication from TD. It would have been nice to discuss seeding a little further in advance and more in-depth, but there was overall above-average organization.

Merch: A-

Roger Oaks sold great merchandise from previous tournaments but hardly any for SCINNY, which was disappointing. They did find me shorts though. Thanks, Roger!

Fields: B+

There was great spacing and room for shade tents. Fields were not lined though and since the puddles of mud were at the end zones, the cones got skewed in the process of moving them making it really hard for teams to call out of bounds rulings.

Water & Food: A

Water was easily available more so on Sunday but I can’t knock any tournament that has a cookout on Saturday after the games. It’s just not possible and the smorgasbord of food was delicious!

Competition: B+

For SCINNY being the first tournament for a majority of the teams, I would say that the competition was good but also not the best I’ve played against. The seeding was definitely done poorly but for what it was, it was pretty good competition for all of us. (Except maybe Dish who creamed everyone.)

Format: A+

How am I supposed to score this? USAU has a strict way of formatting the teams. I will say that the hard-cap ruling was a little bogus. I’ve never played that way and I feel that there should always be a soft and hard cap but I guess that’s just my opinion.

Spirit: C+

The women need a better understanding of the rules. Quicker calls with less sideline chatter would have been ideal. I will say, though, that there was some outstanding spirit from certain individuals on every team.


 

 

Three Ring Rally 2015 | July 18 & 19


Beast Plains Summer 2015 Bucket List:

Have a pool party with the gang

Go camping by a river

Hear some live music while drinking beer

Watch circus performers do cool tricks

Hang out with Beast Plains bros

Buy VC Ultimate swag

Play ultimate


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, frisbee players of all ages, the Kentucky Flying Circus in association with Beast Plains is proud to present to you — the second annual USAU-Sanctioned Three Ring Rally on July 18 & 19 in Louisville, Kentucky. Featuring Men’s, Women’s & Mixed Divisions, circus performers at the fields, a pool party Saturday night featuring live music, a big bonfire and camping within 5 minutes of the fields, it’s sure to be another memorable event for all who attend! This year, joining Turners Circus as event sponsor is VC Ultimate and—in addition to offering official tournament merchandise—they are giving away $200 and $150 in VC credit to the 1st & 2nd place winners of each division. Last year’s winners, Interrobang & Temper, are not returning so each division is up for grabs! Follow Three Ring Rally on twitter for more updates.

The bid fee is $300 per team and the TD can be contacted through Ultimate Central or email at three-ring-rally-2015@threeringrally.ultimatecentral.com


DON’T DELAY! BIDS ARE DUE BY JUNE 19!


Committed Teams

Open

Enigma | Dayton

Smokestack | KC

Blade | Nashville

Black Lung | Lexington

Kentucky Flying Circus | Louisville

LouFriendly | Louisville

Lincoln Prep | ???

MKE | Milwaukee

Pittsburgh Select*

Mixed

Hairy Otter | Nashville

Fifth Element | Louisville

Goose Lee | Cincinnati

Los Heros | Bloomington

Women’s

Golden Girls | ???

* tentative


Yeah, I haven't posted in forever, but I got a new job & being an adult is hard. Plus I got a dog who poops a lot & is terrible at frisbee. Stay tuned by following us on Twitter & #KeepItBeastly.

Enigma 2015 Schedule

Enigma recently released their tournament schedule for 2015.

June 6/7 – Beachfront Instant Classic Invitational – Joliet, IL
June 27/28 – SCINNY – Lebanon, OH
July 18/19 – Three Ring Rally – Louisville, KY
July 25/26 – Motown Throwdown – Toledo, OH
August 29/30 – East Plains Sectionals – Versailles, OH
September 12/13 – Great Lakes Regionals – TBD

The Beachfront Classic, a new early-season tournament in Chicago, features a few of the Great Lakes Region’s top teams. Headlining the event are Haymaker and Beachfront Property. Enigma has won SCINNY in the past, and in order to add to their collection of Golden Gnomes, they’ll have to go through Maverick and CAKti. Proceeds from SCINNY benefit Cincinnati YCC teams.

Enigma will play back-to-back weekends at two of the Region’s signature events. Opponents at Motown and Three Ring Rally should provide them with plenty of challenging games. It is safe to assume Enigma will gain a Regionals strength bid for the East Plains Section and return to Regionals for the sixth consecutive season.

BREAKING NEWS: Nick Lance signs with Cincinnati Revolution


In a move that is sure to surprise everyone in the ultimate community, Callahan winner and scoober enthusiast Nick Lance announced today that he will be signing with the Cincinnati Revolution for the 2015 AUDL season. Lance’s decision comes only weeks after the San Diego Growlers publicly added him to their roster, which is leaving the Growlers’ owners and fans shellshocked. Jimmy Mickle (a.k.a The Golden Boy), who plays for San Diego and was Lance’s teammate on Bravo this past season, was stunned. “This news is gonna be harder to swallow than all those fallen soldiers I drank at the WBUC after-party,” he said, “but I guess Kurt [Gibson] and I are just going to have to put our nuts all over everyone’s shoulders without Nick for the next few months.”


 

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The move definitely seems bizarre given the talent on the Growlers’ roster this season — and the fact that Lance will be flying halfway across the country for Cincinnati’s home games. But as he famously said after receiving his Callahan in 2012, “I’m all ’bout them scoobers, bruh,” and the Revolution will be providing him with plenty of opportunities to make risky throws to shorter, less-famous receivers than his Bravo counterparts. “Sure, I could be boostin’ dank scoobs to Josh Ackley and playing in nationally televised games on ESPN, but I’m more looking forward to overthrowing Isaac Jeffries and watching him faceplant as he lays out in the end zone.” This is certainly an odd priority but a priority nonetheless, and he’s better than you at frisbee so you’re not allowed to challenge his opinion.


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Beast Plains was lucky enough to schedule a phone interview with the Revolution’s owner, Raymie Younkin, who shed some light on this polarizing situation. “Long story short,” said Younkin, “we just paid Nick a ton of money. Like just a ridiculous, unwarranted amount. I personally had to take out a second mortgage on my house and now I’m working part-time as a Mongolian grill cook—you know, like with the two wooden swords—but I think it’s really gonna be worth it for an extra win or two.” We asked him if he thought the Revolution had any chance now of beating the impenetrable fortress that is the Chicago Wildfire and his response was, “Probably not, but the tradeoff is that I am now heavily in debt and that Nick has the opportunity to try really hard for a while, then get bored and sleepwalk through the second half of the season before taking home an ungodly paycheck when it uneventfully ends.”

Wherever you stand on the issue, one thing is clear — the Revolution will be peddling ridiculous amounts of merch this season in a vain attempt to recoup their losses. They’ve already begun printing JUST SCOOB IT stationery and t-shirts that say, We signed Nick Lance and all I got was this lousy t-shirt, as well as Revolution-branded cardboard boxes that Younkin can live in when he inevitably has to file for bankruptcy in a few months. Via direct message on Twitter, we asked Nick Lance if he felt guilty for sinking the financial livelihood an entire franchise and basically ruining its future altogether, and he typed back lol” and a poop emoji. We asked him if he even cared about whether or not the Revolution will make the playoffs this season and he said, “Nah, not really.”


 

The Future of Live Streaming is Here


Ever wished you could broadcast your college team’s rivalry game or the universe point of your local league finals to your followers on Twitter? What if you want to live stream your club team’s practice, then save the video, upload it to YouTube and share it with all of your teammates? Well now you can do all these things with fewer steps than ever before — and you don’t have to have any special skills to do it. The Meerkat app as arrived and is partnered with Twitter to deliver live video streaming capabilities for free.

This is the future of ultimate coverage. We used to have to refresh our stream over and over just to see scattered score updates from key matchups at tournaments with less coverage. Not anymore! And we don’t have to rely on Ultiworld, Skyd or anyone else to do it for us — the power is finally in our hands. Did I mention it’s free also?

So check it out. And start live streaming this weekend. Really, just start live streaming everything you can. The ultimate community is always up and always wanting more ultimate to watch. Let’s provide that for each other. No more “7-6 us” tweets. No more waiting for videos to be uploaded to YouTube. Now you can see what you want to see and it can literally be seen live. Twitter has already established itself as the best platform for us to stay up-to-date on ultimate news. What this app does is put even more power into each and every player’s hands.

In our sport, we are our own media. And now we can live stream whenever we want. Be sure to tag @beastplains anytime you’re going to stream — we’ll be happy to promote your feed.

#KeepItBeastly

 


 

Film Session Fridays


In case you haven’t heard, Beast Plains hosts a live film session every Friday on reddit at 3:00 pm EST. Watching film is not only a great way to appreciate our sport, but it is also a necessity for anyone interested in improving and developing as a player, captain or coach. Ever seen Peyton Manning obsessively rifling through papers on a sideline? He’s dissecting defenses and analyzing the game from a different perspective. Just like an NFL quarterback, ultimate players have so much to gain from film analysis!

Here’s a list of things I personally watch when I’m analyzing any game:
Offensive pull plays
Defensive positioning and switching
How elite throwers achieve break throws
How stacks work

How elite cutters move to get open
When to huck, when to holster
First-half game plan vs. second-half game plan
When and when not to throw a zone
Handler movement on give-and-goes
Angling strike cuts
Setting up dump cuts

I could keep adding to that list for the next 1000 years, but I think you get the point — watching film helps you learn new things and asks you to reexamine the information you already know. And what’s better than watching film all alone thinking your own boring thoughts in your own boring brain? Talking about those thoughts with other players!


Here are just a few of the people who have stopped by for past Film Sessions:

Bryan Jones

Coach
Author, Skyd Magazine
Commentator for NGN & Skyd

Kyle Weisbrod

Author, Skyd Magazine
Coach
Commentator for NGN & Skyd

Tyler Kinley

Sockeye Captain
Team USA at WCBU2015
Commentator for NGN 
Author, Skyd Magazine

Bill Mill

Moderator of /r/ultimate
Coach
Author, Ultimate Strategy


So come join us as we encourage discussion and community development. Everyone is invited to participate, whether you’re an experienced coach or you just threw your first forehand yesterday. Just follow the link below to our post on reddit and message /u/beastplains with your username. We’ll add you to the discussion and hopefully we can all improve by sharing our knowledge with one another.

FILM SESSION FRIDAY ON REDDIT <


 

NEWS: AUDL Championship Weekend IV Stadium Teased

An Easter egg in the AUDL’s newly launched Kickstarter campaign today reveals the location of this year’s Championship Weekend IV: Avaya Stadium in San Jose. The text of the $10,000 reward level reveals that this year’s CW will be in the San Francisco Bay Area’s newest stadium on Aug 8th & 9th. Avaya Stadium will be the home of MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes, and is slated to open this Sunday, March 22nd.

Most sports fans’ minds probably would have first thought of the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi Stadium, which opened last fall and at publishing time is technically the newest stadium in the area. However, anyone who was scouting potential locations as the final buzzer of Championship Weekend III sounded, would remember that the Earthquakes were in the midst of constructing their new stadium. The Earthquakes also do not have a home game on August 8th or 9th; instead they will be in Houston.

Booking Avaya Stadium can be seen as a move to stay competitive with their competitor, Major League Ultimate, who hosted their 2014 Championship at PPL Park, home of the MLS’ Philadelphia Union. The AUDL’s choice to hold Championship Weekend in San Jose also continues a possible trend of the League Champion hosting the next year’s Championship, as 2013’s Champion the Toronto Rush did in 2014.

Championship Weekend IV will host the winners of each of the 4 divisions on August 8th and 9th. This is the first year where each of the 4 semifinal spots will be represented by 4 different divisions, with the AUDL South beginning play this year.

Handler’s Handbook | Unlocking Backhands


Handler’s Handbook, Page One — Unlocking Backhands


It’s the only throw most people in the world can even complete. And yet, year after year, players talk about their backhand ability decreasing as they develop a better forehand throw. The simple answer? They’re either not throwing enough or they just don’t understand what makes a backhand work. In a previous article, I praised dumping the disc and pledged allegiance to the around backhand. Those points still stand—ultimate is a game of possession, not yards, and dumping the disc effectively can open up more downfield space—but I failed to address how someone can have a higher success rate with that throw, and what the difference is between a good backhand and a great backhand. You’re gonna hate me for using this pun, but the solution to unlocking your backhand potential is simple — and it’s all in the palm of your hand.


 PALM DOWN

justin allen

Although Justin Allen is known for acrobatic catches and his okie doke—an awkward-looking no-pivot backhand—he isn’t without sound mechanics. The photo above illustrates exactly the point I’m about to make — palm-down backhands fly flatter. (Or “more flatly,” for you grammarphiles out there.) The majority of your backhands should be released with your palm down, because it is undoubtedly the safer release method.

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By releasing with your palm facing downward, the disc does not naturally float. It might air-bounce or have a radical IO curve, but it shouldn’t wobble or get eaten up by most winds. And once you really master having a tight, palm-down release, you will find many situations in which it is useful: pulls, breaking a mark on a backhand force, dumps, swings and in-cuts. I frequently throw backhands to in-cuts when I’m being forced forehand — especially when I have a loose mark. Not only does the IO curve perfectly, but I can hit my receiver at an angle that makes it nearly impossible for a defender to make a play. In the situation above, an outside-in forehand would’ve hit my receiver at about the same position, but by leaning into my throw, I was already a step or two ahead of my mark once I released the disc. The palm-down backhand is perfect for a throw-and-go scenario, and you can often execute one to the horizontal space that is opposite of where you plan to run next.


PALM UP

todd chamberlain

Look at Todd Chamberlain‘s face palm in the photo above, and observe the angle of the disc as it leaves his hand. The edge is pointing skyward, which is quite different from Justin Allen’s swing or my toss to that in-cut. When you release with your palm up, the disc will naturally float more and be susceptible to wind. But it can be a very nice toss to space for a receiver to run under, a floaty dump when a defender’s back is turned, or a radical OI curve into a tight window. Sometimes the floaty nature of a palm-up backhand won’t be an issue—like on a clear summer day when there’s no wind—but sometimes the palm-up backhand is off limits. For instance, if you played at the 2014 Great Lakes Regionals, you know all too well what it’s like to be limited by a strong wind.

fly baby

No matter how hard it might be to execute a palm-up backhand without giving a defender time to catch up to and make a play on your target — the throw is ridiculously easy to get around or over a mark. Provided the wind isn’t too strong and your teammate knows where to be, a high-release, palm-up backhand can get you out of almost any sticky situation. For example, in the photo above, I’m breaking a backhand mark. It ain’t pretty, but it’s a throw that has bailed me out of hundreds of high stall counts and sideline traps over the years. I don’t always throw my high-release backhands with my palm up but when I do, it’s because I need a receiver to go get the disc — and I need to give them the time to get there. These hang. And if you don’t execute your release well or have a trustworthy receiver on the other end, they can hang in a very bad way.


So pay special attention to where your palm is facing the next time you throw. You may notice that you are better at one release than the other, or realize you have sloppy, inconsistent mechanics. If you ever played basketball, you understand the type of dedication it takes to perfect a jump shot — and that there are multiple shots for multiple situations. Ultimate is no different. Of course there are other influences that will affect your throw—depth of lunge, tightness of grip, flick of the wrist, power of the throw, intended shape of the throw, difficulty of the throw or how your mark is positioned—but it’s vital that you focus on the easy fixes any time you are trying to make a drastic improvement. And this is just one small step of many that you will take on your journey to becoming an amazing handler.

Now call somebody you know and go throw. But always remember to…

#KeepItBeastly


 

East Plains Men’s College Power Rankings | February


by Drew Coles and Brian Wilson


NOW WITH SWEET, SWEET NUMBERS!


It’s no secret that the fall season of college ultimate is the easier part of the year. With official USAU sanctioned events not taking place until later this month, teams often use the fall to rediscover old player roles, build chemistry and get their rookies hooked on competitive play so that by the time the spring semester rolls around, the real work can begin in preparation for Sectionals. Consequently preseason records can be a bit misleading. However, certain patterns do start to emerge. By using a deep analysis of Score Reporter recaps—and by delving into recent history and intense dream interpretation—Beast Plains presents the first Men’s College Power Rankings of 2015.


first tier

1. Indiana University

2. Notre Dame

3. Purdue University

Unfortunately, many East Plains teams didn’t find match-ups against each other in the fall, but these teams atop the ladder are traditionally strong and the ones to watch for disciplined, quality ultimate on the field. All three should be able to make it past Sectionals barring an extreme upset of the status quo. Therefore, the pressing question for this group is whether or not IU can defend their first place spot from last year.


second tier

4. USI (University of Southern Indiana)

5. University of Kentucky

6. IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis)

While the first three spots spar for bragging rights, the middle of the East Plains deck is laden with wild cards all scrapping and scraping for the potential fourth place bid to Regionals. Recent years show these teams eking wins out over one another by small point margins. This year it will come down to which team wants and is willing to work for it more.


third tier

7. Ball State University

8. Western Kentucky University

9. University of Louisville

The teams in the lower triad are currently in the process of rebuilding and solidifying their programs. As such, we predict this year will be a quiet one for them. However, everyone loves an underdog story and we would love for any of these teams to give the ladder a shakedown by pushing into the upper spots.


First Pittsburgh Thunderbird Revealed | AUDL

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Today it was announced that Robert Dulabon has been signed by the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds. Dulabon played 5 years at the University of Pittsburgh, where he helped the team make Nationals 4 years in a row (2004-08). He played club in Pittsburgh, captaining Forge in 2009, until moving to DC and joining Truckstop from 2010-13. Last year he returned to Pittsburgh to play with the new club team, Temper, who finished 12th in the team’s first Nationals appearance.

Dulabon is not new to the AUDL — he played in the inaugural 2012 season for the Buffalo Hunters (now the Rochester Dragons). In 2013 he decided to join the MLU and play for the DC Current. He continued with the Current as an Offensive cutter last year, scoring 5 goals and throwing 2 assists for 7 points. He was targeted 31 times over the season and caught every throw, while forcing turnovers for 5 Ds.
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Reported by Brian “Sheady” Shea

AUDL Midwest Signings | Roundup


Written by Brian “Sheady” Shea

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UPDATE: It was pointed out to me on twitter that I missed two signings.

The Minnesota Wind Chill re-signed defensive cutter Jay Drescher. According to the AUDL, Drescher was 5th in the league for Ds with 27 of them. He also contributes after those turns, having thrown 29 assists and catching 14 goals for a total of 43 points in 2014.

Michael Ames is returning to the Indianapolis AlleyCats after playing with Cincinnati in 2014. As an offensive handler he was second on the Revolution in completions with 336, while only throwing 26 passes away for a 93% completion rate. 22 of those 336 completions resulted in goals, while Ames caught 17 himself for a total of 39 points on the season.

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Welcome to the start of Beast Plains’ 2015 AUDL coverage! I want to begin the year recapping what signings have been announced in the Midwest Division. So far we’ve only heard from three teams — the Cincinnati Revolution, Pittsburgh Thunderbirds and Minnesota Wind Chill.

Cincinnati has made the most news of those three, signing three captains to two-year contracts — Tim “Skittles” Settles, Isaac Jeffries and Eddie Mack. Tim Settles returns to the Revolution after playing with the team in 2014 as a Cutter. Fellow Cutter Isaac Jeffries also returns to the team after missing the 2014 campaign with an injured knee. He was a favorite deep target for the Handler corps in the team’s inaugural 2013 season. Eddie Mack caps off the trio of captains, bringing experience from captaining both Cincinnati’s open club team Hustle and mixed club team Steamboat.

The Revolution decided to sign three captains to experiment with ditching the traditional coaching role. The captains will fulfill the leadership role for the players, and tactics will be taken care of by an Offensive Coordinator and a Defensive Coordinator. While we’re waiting for an announcement whom the latter is, the former will be Tom Phillips. Phillips played for the University of Cincinnati in the early ‘90s, and has played on Age Against the Machine for many years.

Pittsburgh has made only a single announcement so far, and that is their head coach, David Hogan. Hogan’s played for the University of Pittsburgh from 2006-09 and has since focused on coaching. He has coached youth ultimate at Fox Chapel High School and also the U-16 club team Pulse. He’s been an assistant coach for the University of Pittsburgh, and also coached their open club team Oakland in 2013.

Minnesota made news re-signing their 2014 coach, Lou Abramowski. Besides coaching the Wind Chill to an 8-6 record last year, Abramowski ran for the USA Ultimate Board of Directors in 2013 and has successfully led Hopkins HS to multiple championships in the biggest high school tournaments.

That’s all we know so far, which leaves us with many questions. We don’t know whether Brodie Smith will re-sign with the Chicago Wildfire, or how many Temper players will sign with the Thunderbirds. With multiple combines having occurred this past weekend, we will hopefully hear more soon.

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sources:
http://cincinnatirevolution.com/cincinnati-taps-phillips-to-be-offensive-coordinator/
http://cincinnatirevolution.com/revolution-signs-3-captains-to-2-year-deals/ 
http://pghthunderbirds.com/david-hogan-named-head-coach/ 
https://twitter.com/MN_Wind_Chill/status/532610083209748480 
http://www.reddit.com/r/ultimate/comments/1o88f2/i_am_lou_abramowski_founder_of_the_ultimate_page/

Handler’s Handbook | Prologue

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Beast Plains is proud to unveil our new feature article series called Handler’s Handbook. The purpose of this series is simple in focus but broad in scope — to help you take your game to the next level. From simple tips about throwing and pivoting to more complex topics like setting up dump cuts and having good on-field communication, our never-ending series will regularly challenge you to rethink the way you play and renew your concentration moving forward.

Although Handler’s Handbook will predominantly be written by members of our staff, we will often collaborate with top players from around the country to provide video analysis, podcast-style interviews and best-kept tricks of the trade. Our goal is to take beginner- to intermediate-level players and transform them into reliable, consistent, every-other-throw handlers — but even the most experienced vets should find valuable advice to take away.

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prologue

So who is this guy thinking he can make me any better?

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My name is Russell Allen, Editor in Chief of Beast Plains and Offensive Captain of Kentucky Flying Circus, the premier club team from our state. We were ranked 49th at the end of the 2014 regular season and we finished in a four-way tie for 7th at Great Lakes Regionals. If you said that I’m a slightly above-average player on a slightly above-average team in a slightly above-average region, you’d be correct. But if you know me well, you know that I didn’t just step on an ultimate field one day and instantly start bombing flicks downfield. In fact, I was a very slow learner — taking about 6 months to complete my first forehand. And like the majority of competitive ultimate players, I’ve dealt with the hardships of being cut from teams, battling chronic injuries, feeling like I was going nowhere and seriously considering hanging up my cleats for good.

But throughout the struggle, I’ve developed a near-unhealthy obsession with the sport we all love. When I couldn’t jump, I learned to throw better. When I couldn’t run, I learned about lifting. When I couldn’t walk, I stretched, foam rolled and watched hours of game film. I took notes. I diagrammed pull plays. I made tons of GIFs, started this blog, learned from users on /r/ultimate, and pushed through chronic knee and hip pain to establish myself as a reliable, consistent handler. Am I the greatest player out there? Hell no. Am I even considered a great player? The jury’s still out. But I live for this sport.  And it brings tears to my eyes when I not only think about what I’ve already sacrificed, but what I’m willing to sacrifice moving forward.

Maybe you’re in the same boat as me, or maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who still hasn’t had to bounce back from what should have been a career-ending injury. No matter where you are on your ultimate journey, Handler’s Handbook can help you get to the next level. You will learn how to modify your throws for greater success. You will learn how to set up your cuts better and get open more often. You will learn elite-level strategy from elite-level players. You will see the field differently. You will make better decisions. You will become more confident, reliable and consistent. You will learn from my mistakes and hopefully avoid them altogether. Wherever you’re going, we want to help you get there.

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Be on the lookout for our first installment…
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Low-Quality Game Film of KFC at Great Lakes Regionals 2014

Ben Sever (KFC) and Joey Cari (Brickyard) swapped hair for a point.

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In the spirit of NGN and Skyd dumping loads of game footage for the new year, we thought we’d hop on the bandwagon and give you some very low-quality footage of Kentucky Flying Circus at Great Lakes Regionals. In spite of being filmed on a potato, these were some competitive and well-fought games — and anybody looking to have an advantage next year now has a place to start strategizing.

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KFC v Haymaker

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KFC v Black Market

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KFC v Smokestack

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Wesleyan Cooldown 2014 | Tournament Preview

This weekend, 16 Open College teams will head to Marion, Indiana, for Indiana Wesleyan University‘s Wesleyan Cooldown. And though it’s getting brisk outside, the weather forecast is looking favorable there — 45 on Saturday and 51 on Sunday with clear skies. This should be a good tournament for both upperclassmen and rookies to develop, due to a diversity of teams and skill levels (Xs, Ys, As and Bs), as well as some possible zone conditions. Below you will find some twitter accounts worth following, a list of teams and pools, and of course some hackneyed predictions. But first, here’s the Facebook event for anyone who cares  plus a highlight video from Cooldown two years ago…
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Follow the action live on twitter

Indiana Wesleyan — @IWU_Ultimate

Case Western Reserve — @FightingGobies

Anderson University  — @auultimate

Wooster — @RAMJAMultimate

Denison — @DenisonUltimate

University of Dayton — @UDGhettoForce

High Five — @HighFiveUlti

Ryan Franz — @RTFranz

Beast Plains — @BeastPlains

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Pools

• scorereport.net link •

Pool A
 

(0-0 ) A1  Case Western Reserve
(0-0) A2 Grand Valley
(0-0) A3 Miami (Ohio)
(0-0) A4 Dayton-X
Sat Fld  Game  Fld  Game 
9:00am 1 A1A3 2 A2A4
10:20am 1 A1A4 2 A2A3
11:40am  1 A1A2 2 A3A4
Pool B
 

(0-0)  B1  Wright State
(0-0) B2 Indiana Wesleyan
(0-0) B3 Denison
(0-0) B4 Dayton-Y
Sat Fld  Game  Fld  Game 
9:00am 3 B1B3 4 B2B4
10:20am  3 B1B4 4 B2B3
11:40am 3 B1B2 4 B3B4
Pool C
 

(0-0)  C1  Michigan-B
(0-0) C2 Wooster
(0-0) C3 Manchester
(0-0) C4 Butler
Sat Fld  Game  Fld  Game 
9:00am 5 C1C3 6 C2C4
10:20am  5 C1C4 6 C2C3
11:40am 5 C1C2 6 C3C4
Pool D
 

(0-0 ) D1  Anderson
(0-0) D2 Case Western Reserve-B
(0-0) D3 Grand Valley-B
(0-0) D4 IWU-B
Sat Fld Game Fld Game
9:00am 7 D1D3 8 D2D4
10:20am 7 D1D4 8 D2D3
11:40am 7 D1D2 8 D3D4

 

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predictions

From reddit:

  • /u/Jomskylark said
    Case Western is really good. I think they have a serious chance of taking the title, and definitely Pool A. I don’t know much about Wright State so I predict Indiana Wes. will upset Wright State. For Pool C that’s a lot of confidence in Michigan-B to stay #1. I think they’ll probably retain the 2nd to top spot. In D Anderson is athletic, but small and beatable. I think they’ll clear the pool but lose in quarters due to shit bracket placement.

Overall: Case Western Reserve over Indiana Wes

  • /u/0_interests saidIt’s kinda hard to predict a winner when 6 of the 16 teams there aren’t A squads. It’d be hard to believe that the good teams will show there [sic] good plays and play their top good players hard.
  • /u/enimadminim said
    Miami University over Wright State in the finals.

 

 

Editor’s pick: Indiana Wesleyan University

While this is most certainly a biased opinion, I would really like to see IWU take it to the next level this season. Led by the jaw-dropping athleticism of Travis Carpenter, they have been consistently putting out highlight video after highlight video and looking better with each one. Their most recent highlights from Steel City Showdown show a team that is willing to bid on defense, as well as take a few high-risk, high-reward throws here and there — the style of play that really makes college games fun to watch. So I’d also like to see IWU go up against the Case Western Reserve Fighting Gobies in the finals, but I’m rooting for a different outcome. Will the dominance displayed by the Gobies in our North Coast 2014 Wrap-up continue or will the cooler temperatures and tighter muscles be an equalizer, favoring teams that are more used to sloppy or less organized play?  We’ll know by Sunday night who the best is at this point in the college season, but remember it’s still only fall. And there is a lot of ultimate to be played before College Sectionals.

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5 Tips for a First-Time TD | Jon Mark Larson

As a first-time TD for the Kentucky Flying Circus’ Three Ring Rally, I’ve passed through the gauntlet of sanctioning approval, insurance requirements, bureaucratic forms, team recruiting, event planning and negotiation. I’ve been forged and refined in never-ending email chains, team drops, scheduling conflicts, business rejections and last-minute changes to, well, everything.

From the start of organizing the Rally, I had a grand vision — hundreds of players and spectators, circus costumes, fire breathers, clowns in small cars, juggling bears and Aerosmith. Yeah, we could definitely get Aerosmith…

As the process unfolds, roadblocks force compromises. Less Aerosmith, more Winger. Although soul-crushing, directing a tournament has significant rewards. It builds personal leadership, initiative, organization and communication skills. Players love to complain about the TD, but it is the one position in Ultimate that exclusively showcases abilities beyond athletics.

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1. Start with a Reasonable Vision.

Having a reasonable vision for the end product will help you take disappointment less personally, provide clarity on high-priority tasks, and enable perseverance to complete the project. How many teams can I really expect? What can I provide them within that budget? Don’t over-promise and under-deliver!

2. Stay Focused & Be Excited.

Excitement is contagious. If you believe your tournament is the best thing since Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off, then others will feel the same way — and maybe even say, “It’s gonna be alright.”

As a new tournament, we were challenged when recruiting teams. Since no one knew what to expect from us, we were passed over in a lot of cases due to unfamiliarity. Being excited about the vision helped keep commitments from teams that probably would have dropped if they knew how late a lot of things were coming together.

Don’t give teams objectionable material in emails that might sway them to decline an invitation or challenge your plan. If you are positive and excited, that attitude will inspire others. This is sales, perception and trust all rolled together.

3. It’s Not Just You. Get a Mentor.

I didn’t just show up to a practice one day and say, “Okay, I’m directing a tournament for you guys.” Someone recruited me. Those that recruited you should be kept as mentors, people who can guide you through the process. Consult with them regularly by scheduling weekly video calls to check in. Find others who are interested in helping out at league or through your personal network. This is a community event too. Trust and equip them with the necessary tools to do the job. A leader who tries to control all aspects of their project will undoubtedly fail.

4. Water.

This is fundamental to keeping players happy and healthy. Designate a trusted individual to be responsible for water runs and give them the resources to deliver water to the fields. This is the number one issue for players at a tournament, so don’t take it lightly. Have water jugs, a refill station and ice prepped before the games start.

5. Think of Your Tournament as a Brand or Business.

Conduct yourself professionally. This is for the good of the teams you represent, the players who trust you and the sponsors who may want to partner with you.

Framing your tournament as a chance to involve advertising and build brand awareness will attract other people who see potential for growth — and who want to partner with you. Bringing people from different regional areas is a valuable commodity to brands who want to reach new customers and demographics.

In the beginning, I expected to find advertising from local businesses easily, but this is something that needs to be planned and pitched months beforehand with good presentation. Without a substantial past tournament history, we ran out of time. Plan to reach out to select relevant businesses who have an interest in your sports demographic, and show them how they can participate and benefit.

I see the Rally not just as a collection of Ultimate games, but also as an outreach event that promotes the sport of Ultimate. Do some PR with the local news, invite the public and provide entertainment. TDs are brand ambassadors and players/teams/captains are all clients. In the brand ambassador-client relationship, one must satisfy the expectations of the client — expectations that you, the TD, have set and sold a team on. So if a team expects clean fields, facilities and a good party, you need to deliver beyond their expectations in order to build trust, loyalty and satisfaction.

If you haven’t directed a tournament before, I guarantee you will come across obstacles that will challenge and disappoint. My hope is that these words point a few of you away from planning for Aerosmith — because Winger will still bring a crowd.

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Jon Mark is a digital marketing and advertising professional living in Louisville, KY.
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Octhrowberfest Preview | Evansville, IN

While most of us will be glued to our computer screens this weekend watching NGN and ESPN3 coverage of Club Nationals, 22 Men’s and Women’s college teams will be headed to Evansville, IN,  for USI’s Octhrowberfest. As an unsanctioned fall tournament, we can imagine there will be lots of alumni heckling their alma maters, some under-the-radar drinking, and a hell of a lot of rookies still trying to figure out what a force is. But that’s what makes the fall great — while new players are learning some of the basics and developing their throws, us vets are making a mockery of the sport with suspect throwing decisions and flamboyant Five shorts.

Breakmark Ultimate will be there with merchandise for sale. And in case of inclement weather, teams will be notified by email and on twitter — @fUSIonFlatball.
Below you will find a list of teams attending and their respective pools, as well as some predictions by yours truly and the tournament director.

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Men’s Teams:

USI – X

USI – Y

USI Alumni

Iowa

Rose-Hulman

UIndy

Xavier

Louisville

Murray State – X

Murray State – Y

Kentucky

Ball State

Arkansas State

Hanover

Ole Miss

Women’s Teams:

USI

Ball State

Western Kentucky

Dayton

Xavier

Kentucky

Bellarmine

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Schedule (Pool A)                                                            Schedule (Pools B & C)

Games to 15                                                                           Games to 13

Game 1 @ 9:00 am                                                               Game 1 @ 9:00 am

Game 2 @ 10:45 am                                                             Game 2 @ 10:30 am

Game 3 @ 12:15 pm                                                              Game 3 @ 12:00 pm

Game 4 @ 1:30 pm

Game 5 @ 3:00 pm

 

 

Open

 

Pool A Pool B Pool C
USI Alumni

 

 

USI – Y Rose-Hulman
USI – X UIndy Xavier
Murray – X UK Louisville
Arkansas St. Ball State Ole Miss
 Hanover Murray – Y
Saturday Field 5 Field 6 Field 7 Field 8 Field 9 Field 10
Game 1 C4 v C5 C2 v C3 B3 v B5 B1 v B2 A3 v A2 A1 v A4
Game 2 C3 v C5 C1 v C2 B4 v B5 B2 v B3 A3 v A4 A1 v A2
Game 3 C2 v C4 C1 v C3 B2 v B4 B1 v B3 A2 v A4 A1 v A3
Game 4 C2 v C5 C1 v C4 B2 v B5 B1 v B4
Game 5 C3 v C4 C1 v C5 B3 v B4 B1 v B5

 

Women’s

 

Pool A
1 USI 4   BSU
2 U of Dayton 5   WKU
3 Bellarmine 6   Xavier

 

Saturday Field 1 Field 2 Field 3
Game 1 A1 v A2 A3 v A4 A5 v A6
Game 2 A1 v A3 A4 v A5 A2 v A6
Game 3 A1 v A4 A3 v A6 A2 v A5
Game 4 A1 v A5 A2 v A3 A4 v A6
Game 5 (Sun) A1 v A6 A2 v A4 A3 v A5

*There will be a 15 minute delay after game 5 in Women’s pool to determine team rankings for brackets.

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Open Pool A:

USI Alumni (3-0): The alumni are comprised of a bunch of wily old guys who plan on running tons of zone … and their mouths. Sixty percent of them played club this summer with PCA. Their only challenge should be the second round matchup against USI – X.

USI – X (2-1): USI had a good showing at BBQ Blowout II. If they are patient against the zone, and they might be able to weasel one out against the alumni. Good, close games against Murray – X and Arkansas State are expected.

Murray – X (1-2): A few of their players are picking up with Murray – Y (Owensboro pickup team), which could hurt them on Saturday.

Arkansas State (0-3): After looking into their 2013-2014 campaign, it looks like these guys are a fairly young squad.

Open Pool B:

Kentucky (4-0): UK is sending a full squad, which will mean fresh legs for them all weekend long. This team is fronted by a wealth of young talent, some of whom played for KFC or Breaker’s Mark this past club season (Mike Rudy, Larry Farmer, Michael “Meals” Harr, Wyatt Driskell). The only close game they should see on Saturday is against USI – Y.

USI – Y (3-1): UK will be their toughest game on Saturday. If they plan clean ultimate, they should take care of business against UIndy, Ball State and Hanover.

Ball State (2-2): Ball State had a good showing at Hucks for Dayz. After a down year, they should be looking to bounce back and a little help from any tagalong alum would improve their lot.

UIndy (1-3): UIndy “aced” the Jersey Design portion of their Intro to Ultimate exam.

Hanover (0-4): Hanover might surprise a team and sneak out a win on Saturday.

Open Pool C:

Louisville (4-0): Word on the street is that UofL only has around 15 coming this weekend, meaning their young guys could be getting a lot of work. But if they bring some alum or KFC players along for the ride, they could easily be looking at a repeat of last year’s performance. Eric “Sprinkles” Brinkman has graduated and will not be attending this weekend, so someone will need to step up in his absence to take control of their offense. I’ve attended two of their recent practices and was impressed with the maturity of this young team.

Rose-Hulman (3-1): Rose-Hulman had a strong showing at DIII Sectionals last year and will be looking to continue that success.

Ole Miss (2-2): Ole Miss will be running low on numbers, which will definitely hurt them this weekend. However, KFC‘s Colin Grandon will be joining his old team and adding talent in every category. This five-tool cutter has the ability to become the best player in our section someday — he’ll beat you with his throws, with his legs or in the air. They might just ride him to victory.

Xavier (1-3): After a poor showing at BBQ Blowout II, Xavier will be looking to have a strong tournament.

Murray – Y (0-4): Murray – Y is a pickup team out of Owensboro, KY. Depending on who picks up with them, they might be able to steal a win.

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North Coast 2014 Wrap-Up

(Disclosure: author played for Case Western Reserve in college)

Case Western Reserve held its annual fall tournament, North Coast, last weekend in North Olmsted, OH. Approximately 12 teams in each division attended this two-day preseason tournament. Case Western Reserve Fighting Gobies won the Men’s Division and Ohio State Fever won the Women’s Division.

The aim of this article is to discuss teams’ preseason progress in a positive manner, and to avoid being overly critical or harsh. Sectionals is not for another 6 months and most teams are still training their rookies. It was windy all weekend, with breezes ranging from 10-20 mph, making it difficult to work the disc at times. Not all teams have solidified a zone offense or defense at this point in the season.

I was able to watch all the Ohio teams during pool play for about 15-20 minutes. On Saturday, I took notes mainly on what teams were able to accomplish while playing O-points (downwind when possible). On Sunday bracket play, I focused more on live tweeting the scores. Check out our twitter if you’d like to see for yourself!

Pool Play Round 1

Men: Ohio Northern vs. Kenyon
Kenyon played horizontal stack with under cuts coming from the middle of the field and strikes from the handle set. They utilized the break side often.
ONU sometimes worked the disc up the side of the field, using their arsenal of throws to get out of jams or net some quick yards. They used OI flicks, push passes, and of course hammers. They also got the disc off the line by isolating their middle handler.

Men: Akron Y vs. Toledo
Toledo waited for good under cuts and ran strike cuts from the handler set. They threw around breaks when needed.
Akron’s handlers were also very patient while looking upfield. When a cut wasn’t available from their vert stack they would swing, use strikes, or give and go. Occasionally they took shots with a hammer or huck. They utilized both the IO window and the around break.

Men: Kent State Y vs. Wright State Y
Both teams ran horizontal stack. Kent State looked deep often. Wright State relied heavily on the IO window, targeting under cuts who dumped back to the handlers. Wright Y’s athletes made a few plays and they had no problem scoring upwind.

Pool Play Round 2

Women: Akron vs. Carnegie Mellon
Both teams ran vertical stack and targeted under cuts. Akron cuts came from the back of the stack and often resulted in 20-yard gains. CMU similarly made decent-sized gains with their upfield throws (10+ yards) and used strike cuts often.

Women: Kenyon vs. Case Western Reserve
Kenyon used several types of stacks – horizontal, vertical, and side stack. They often looked for 20 yard completions to get the disc moving.
Case ran horizontal stack, looking primarily for under cuts. Cutters sometimes looked for the run-up throw to a handler to generate power position. Case occasionally took wide-open deep shots to their athletes and looked comfortable working upwind.

Women: Ohio vs. Ohio State X
Both teams ran horizontal stack, swinging often, and looked for under cuts. Both teams also made lots of plays by attacking the disc in the air and also getting run-through Ds. Ohio State used IO break throws now and then. Ohio had a couple points of exceptionally good flow where they strung 6 or 7 10-yard passes together to score.

Pool Play Round 3

Women: Ohio State Y vs. Xavier
Both teams ran horizontal stack and dumped often. Both teams had plenty of movement by both cutters and handlers, creating lots of options. Xavier’s cutters made many excellent catches under pressure and were able to turn upfield and throw to another cutter. Ohio State’s cutters developed their cuts for longer periods of time, making it easier for them to get open.

Women: Michigan State X vs. Miami (Ohio)
Both teams ran horizontal stack. MSU used lots of dump-swing and handler strikes. In addition to under cuts from the center of the field, the outside cutter sometimes cut laterally across the field. Miami looked for a deep shot very often and sometimes sent their cutters deep after a transition from D to O. When the deep was unavailable, they used under cuts and handler strikes.

Men: Kent State X vs. Wright State X
Similar play style was seen from both teams. Horizontal stack, mostly looking for under cuts. Occasionally they used around breaks, run-ups, strikes, and layout grabs.

Men: Akron X vs. Cleveland State
Both teams ran horizontal stack.
Cleveland State’s handlers were able to swing the disc for a while, finding dumps and cross-field flicks to keep moving. They looked deep quite often.
Akron’s handlers were also able to keep the disc moving with IO breaks, lefty backhands, and well-timed dump cuts. They had great passes to space, allowing cutters to run on and catch. Akron’s team exhibited very high energy on the sidelines.

Pool Play Round 4

Men: Case Western Reserve vs. Akron Y
Case’s zone did not allow very many throws around or through their cup. Case had several short-distance, one-throw scores to begin the game.

Crossover Game

Men: Case Western Reserve B vs. Cleveland State
Cleveland State completed many more under cuts than in their game against Akron X. They also looked for run-ups and some of their hucks were wide open.
Though CSU was up 8-0 at half, Case B put on a good show. Their handlers were very patient, often waiting for a good under cut. They used dump-swings and an occasional huck. They played great defense, shutting down strike cuts and getting both layout and run-through Ds.
Both teams had several point blocks during the game.

Men’s Quarterfinals

Case jumped out to a big lead early on the Akron split squad, though Akron showed great handler work.
Wright Y and Kent X put on an entertaining show, with plenty of layout catches and Ds and run-up hucks. The game was close till halftime, at which point Kent pulled away.
Wright X beat Kent Y in a close game 15-13. Wright X and Kent X would run into each other in the 3rd place game.
Kenyon had a 4-point lead for most of their quarters game. Buffalo’s zone seemed very effective in the second half, and they would storm back to win 14-13 after being down 11-7.

Women’s Quarterfinals

Case, Carnegie Mellon, and Michigan State Y took large leads into halftime and advanced to semifinals. Kenyon gave many different looks to MSU Y on both offense and defense. A varied arsenal will most certainly help Kenyon make another deep Regionals run (made game to go in OV-III Region 2014). Xavier showed they could connect on some deep looks against CMU. MSU X, while falling to Case, showed good handler movement. OSU X/Y played each other in the other quarters game.

Men’s Finals

Buffalo kept close to Case for a few points but Case ran away with the final 15-4. Buffalo showed great intensity and made some great plays. While Case made some excellent space passes, their key to victory was grinding on under cuts and making high-percentage decisions.

Women’s Finals

Ohio State Y had a lead of 10-3 at one point and won 13-10 over Carnegie Mellon. CMU made some big plays and was exciting to watch. Ohio State’s patience near the end zone was their key to victory.

Tournament Report Card

Props to the TDs for finding two sites within 5 minutes driving distance. I switched between Men’s and Women’s fields between every round. Parking was easy to find at both sites. Food, bathroom, and drinking fountains were readily available at all times. I would also like to acknowledge the TDs for being able to handle odd numbers of teams in both divisions (11 and 13) and teams dropping between days.
One of my “pet” issues is communication regarding cap situations, so I was happy to see that horns were used all weekend. THANK YOU!
Overall Grade: A


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