Monday, April 6, 2009

Scrimmage against BU

It was warm, about mid-50s with ~20 mph gusty winds. We had about 13 people come out to the scrimmage. We worked on vert-stack, zone-O, and man D going upwind and trap zone and ho-stack going downwind.

Vertical: Improved throughout the game but we still need to work on basic things like stacking in the middle of the field, spreading out the stack, and not stacking too deep, esp because we were going upwind. Our cuts could look sharper too.

Horizontal: I like our ho-stack much more than I did at the beginning of the year. Our ho-stack looks really good, people are mirroring each other and not cutting each other off (most of the time). Sometimes we still have trouble starting too far from the handlers.

Zone-O: Handlers did a good job of swinging and making the cup run. I think they were trapping but it was pretty easy to break them. Amy had some really nice cross-field throws to the other handler/wing. We need to be more patient and not throwing risky throws up-field (up-wind). The poppers need to be doing a better job of moving to find holes in the cup.

Zone-D: We practiced both trap and FM. Downfield D looked pretty good. The wings/short deep/deep deep did a good job of passing people off and manning up on everyone down field. I esp like playing with Trisha when she's a wing and I'm a short deep or deep deep because she's assertive on the field and communicates well. Our cup movement could be a little better, cutting off the throw back to the handler when we're trapping and having a better mark. Also, we haven't talked about this, but our cup double-teams a lot. This means that the two people not marking needs to position themselves so that they're 10-ft away. I saw a few times that the on-point stepped off when double team was called and that's just silly. Also, when double-team is called, the stall drops two counts. Don't get phased and don't stop marking, just drop two stall counts. Same thing with disc space.

Man D: Oh, man D, the demise of this team. I think for the most part the mark knew the force and was forcing the correct way, but we need to be on our toes more because we did get broken around a lot this game. Although our man D has improved a lot since Easterns and Yale cup, we still get beat to the force side frequently. Also, man D is a code word for team D. We need to help each other out deep.

All in all, a pretty fun game... some noteworthy memorable things:
  • Clare running backwards to catch the disc over her head and then falling over (but still holding on to the disc!)
  • I D'ed some girl a head taller than me when I was playing deep deep
  • Kelly R made some really good in-cuts.
  • On the sideline: Dump to Amy, swing to Trisha, break to Kelly(?) for the score.
  • Our endzone worked multiple times. (horray!)
Something I learned in the last few days about faking and breaking: I know I don't fake well. Most of the time I forget to fake altogether because I'm so intent on looking at the person I'm throwing to that I forget I have a mark. And when I do fake, 80% of the time it's the shoulder shimmy. :P I'm especially nervous when I pick up the disc and I'm trapped on the sideline a few yards away from our end-zone. The I/O option is not there because I'm too far from the middle of the field. Throwing anything upfield is really risky because a lot of times there would be clogging in that corner. I know the smart thing to do would be to dump and swing, but I'm scared of doing it because my mark is so angled that I have to throw practically straight back-field to get it to the dump. I feel like I get handblocked a lot when I'm in this situation and when I don't, I throw risky throws into the middle of the stack instead of trusting my dump to get open and throwing a nice dump pass to her.

Anyway, Jin was saying that I fake too early and so by the time my dump is open my mark has already shifted to take away that backhand dump. So during this game I've been working on faking forehands (more like waving my wrist around like I'm going to throw a forehand) and then stepping over quickly to throw the backhand dump only after I see that the dump is open. And it works so well!!! I think I got it off the line every time I did it (probably 4 times during the game). And Amy/Trisha did a great job of swinging it as well. Ok I don't know why it took me so long to learn this but I'm feeling like it's my biggest accomplishment this year. =D I feel liberated, like I'm no longer scared of being trapped on the sideline anymore!