Ultimate Techniques & Tactics


James C. Parinella, Eric Zaslow
ISBN: 073605104X
ISBN13: 9780736051040
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Improve your poaches, hone your hucks, and sharpen your cuts. With Ultimate Techniques & Tactics as your guide, you will master all of the offensive and defensive skills and principles critical to excelling in the sport. This essential handbook contains more than the mechanics of the game; it presents in-depth instruction on using key skills such as throwing, cutting, and catching in game situations. You will
  • study flight paths to maximize your chances of completing passes;
  • understand the finer points of catching; and
  • learn when, where, and how to cut to gain yardage, improve disc position, and maintain possession.
You will also stun your opponents when your team employs the offensive and defensive strategies learned in Ultimate Techniques & Tactics. Use your complete knowledge of offensive skills to organize such offenses as zone, stack, weave, and split stack. And when every point matters, create an impenetrable line of defense to save the game. Disrupt your competitors’ rhythm and timing using one-on–one, zone, or junk defenses like the clam. Ultimate Techniques & Tactics is the first and best guide to the sport of Ultimate. Use it to become an Ultimate champion!

About the Author

Jim Parinella is among the most recognized names in Ultimate. He is one of the leaders and top players of the six-time national and three-time world champion team, Death or Glory (DoG). Parinella is also heavily involved in the Ultimate Players Association (UPA), where he was on the board of directors from 1998 to 2003, serving as president in 2000 and 2001. In addition, Parinella is a regular contributor to the UPA Newsletter, Ultimate Life Magazine, and other Ultimate publications. He lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Eric (“Zaz”) Zaslow has been an Ultimate player since 1977. He played with DoG when they were world champions (in 1996 and 1999) and national champions (in 1996, 1997, and 1998). Currently, he is one of the leaders and top players of another national-caliber team, Chicago’s Machine. Zaz is a current member of the board of directors for the Ultimate Players Association (UPA). He lives in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Part I Individual Skills
Chapter 1. Principles of the Game
Chapter 2. Throwing
Chapter 3. Handling
Chapter 4. Catching
Chapter 5. Cutting
Chapter 6. Guarding
Chapter 7. Marking
Chapter 8. Switching and Poaching

Part II Team Skills
Chapter 9. One-on-One Defense
Chapter 10. Zone Defense
Chapter 11. Junk Defense
Chapter 12. Stack Offense
Chapter 13. Zone Offense
Chapter 14. Set Plays
Chapter 15. Other Formations

Part III Building a Successful Team
Chapter 16. Team Structures
Chapter 17. Off-the-Field Players
Chapter 18. Conditioning