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Ultimate Practice Homework
Sunday, May 11, 2014 1:20 PM

As you may have heard, the games yesterday didn't go as well as we might have hoped.  We actually had two byes (one of our teams), so at the team's request, we just combined into one big team.  That meant lots of subs and less playing time, and I think that might have been frustrating for some.  Also, there was some shuffling of games at the last minute, and we wound up playing Valley View again (big kids), which was tough:

  • Barton vs. Lake Harriet (6-9)
  • Barton vs. Valley View (4-13)

There was also a little frustration because the offense we just started learning (the stack) wasn't working very well.  Unfortunately, because of the storm on Thursday, our introduction to it got cut short.  I heard a lot of "the stack doesn't work" yesterday.  It's true that it doesn't work if you're not actually doing it.  BUT, as I told the team after the game, it is a common offense that teams at all levels of play use -- because it *does* work -- so it's worth learning.  I also told them that I'd send some videos to watch as homework so they can see a little more about how it's supposed to work.  There are a million variations, but I thought this was a pretty clear explanation of the basics:
http://vimeo.com/56607400

And here is something Jamie sent out last year with some videos you can watch to see how it works (along with other things) in high level games.
http://barton.mpls.k12.mn.us/practice_homework.html

Watch for in the videos for these things we've talked about on how to make cuts:

  1. They watch their team-mates and cut one at a time when there's open space.
  2. They cut hard at a full sprint, and they keep running hard until after they have the disc in their hands.
  3. If they don't get the disc, they clear out to the middle (the stack).  
  4. If they need to rest, they rest in the stack where they're not in the way of their team-mates who are cutting. The idea is to keep that throwing lanes clear for other cuts.

We're going to keep working on it -- and hopefully practices won't be cut short this week so we'll have a chance to work out the kinks.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks.

- Kevin