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Tips for Improving Your Huck

We’ve had a few questions lingering in the UltimateHandbook Discussion Forum that have turned into a great topic to write about here in the main blog. You can check out the original thread here: a Hucking Question. The two main questions that emerged were:

  1. What are the most common mistakes when people huck?
  2. Any technical tips to help improve my hucks?

jake60 offered up a checklist of how he approaches backhand hucks, thinking of the ankle, knee, waist/hips, shoulder, elbow and wrist. This is a similar approach I’ve taken when trying to teach new players how to throw any throw, and it’s also helpful to break down your own throwing as you get more advanced. So to help everyone out, here are a few tips for hucking the disc.

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Getting “The Break” – Part 3: How to Prevent Getting Broken

This is the third article in a series of posts looking at “The Break”. In Part 1 we covered the concept of “the break” point – scoring after your team has made the play to get a d-block or interception. In Part 2 we took a look at some tactics your team can use to get the break. Here in Part 3 we’re going to look at the flip side – what can you do to avoid getting broken?

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Getting “The Break” – Part 2: How to Get It!

This post is a follow-up on Getting “The Break” Part 1. In Part 1 we covered the concept of “the break” point – scoring after your team has made the play to get a d-block or interception. In this post we’ll take a look at what your team can do to first get the break and then capitalize on it with a score.

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Getting “The Break” – Part 1: Understanding the Concept

One of the fundamental concepts when it comes to strategy in Ultimate is the idea of “the break”. This isn’t the same thing as making a break-force throw, instead what we’re talking about here is getting “the break” in the back-and-forth process of trading points with a team.

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Coaching Tip: Use Your Cones More

In this first article of a new series of posts, we’ll take a look at a coaching tip that will yield some immediate results and lay the ground work for later success. This tip is particularly helpful to any captain or coach leading a team of new players, or a new team with experienced players who haven’t played together before.

It’s a pretty simple rule of thumb, nothing earth shattering and not hugely complex, a very simple phrase that you can repeat to yourself any time you are planning a drill: “Use your cones more”
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