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Specific Feedback for Your O Game

Giving quality feedback in ultimate can be challenging.

Here is a list of skills that can help selectors, coaches and team leaders give more meaningful feedback to players than “work on your throws and cutting”.

Each dotpoint has some specific examples after it.

List of Offence Skills

Players create easy offence by

  1. throwing to teammates wherever they are (throw hucks; throw hammers)
  2. throwing to make teammates open (throw break or open-side to favour teammates, not defenders)
  3. throwing quickly (throw as soon as an opportunity appears; prevent the defence from getting a mark on, or being in position when guarding)
  4. throwing safely (keep throwing completion rate high; seeing where defenders and help-defenders are)
  5. moving to make teammates open (clear the break side, open side, deep and under as needed; regularly draw their defender with them)
  6. moving at the right time (run downfield while their defender watches a huck; get to dump position early; cut one way then another at the right time for the next pass)
  7. being athletic (catch swill that is high or wide; outrun defenders; outaccelerate defenders)
  8. working within the team O structure (talk to teammates on field; know and use the team’s patterns; don’t ask teammates to make hard throws or cuts with your cuts or throws)

With eight categories listed, it is now easy to choose, say, two strengths and two aspects to work on. This keeps feedback concise, but specific.

Try them out on yourself now!

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