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Beach Ultimate - offense tips and tricks

Those who have played in the sand know its a very different game than on grass. sand hinders speed agility, acceleration, and jumping. As such, there are some key tactis/ strategies that facilitate success.

1) leading passes are problematic
We're all used to throwing lead passes, floating it out in front of cutters so they can run it down while using their body to block out the defender. years of grass play has hard-wired our targeting such that we throw it a certain distance in front of the receiver. problem arises in the sand because the receiver can only run about half thet speed and is much less agile in adjusting for wind gusts and bad throws. net result is a lot of frustrating turn-overs when the runner just cant get to a seemingly perfect throw.

High-touch floaters that hang in the space in front of the receiver help, but these throws are tricky in the gusty beach wind.

This is the number one pitfall that plagues teams new to the beach. players consistently overthrow cuts, especially deep ones to the end zone.

Shift from a running game to a cutting game. ie: cut less often, using deception and quickness, capitalizing on the defenses inability to accelerate. Examples:

a) The Come-To
wait 15-30 deep of the thrower. the defender will undoubtably stand between you and the disc. Wait casually, watching while some other people cut. when the defender looks away from you, cut ditectly past the defender- straight at the disc- you will gain 2-3m distance before the defender can turn and push off to follow. often the defender will simply fall over trying to turn quickly. the throw will come directly at you. eliminating the overthrow issus. Britain's UTI used this tactic ruthllessly against us in'98, waltzing through our every attempt to play man-on defence.

live to make the button hook cut. youte playing middle or handle. You cut in and dont get it. you bust directly out down the field. the dsfender turns to follow. look over your shoulder for the pass. the defender will inevitably look over his shoulder to intercept. You are both still busting deep. As soon as the defender looks away, flare 180 degrees and cut straight back in. your defender will shoot by. you will be wide open on the open side, and the pass will come straight into your gut.

A simple variation on the button-hook philosophy: you're standing downfield, defender on. make a lunging pivot deep, as if starting a cut long. keep the push off toes planted just like pivoting. When your lead foot lands, push back 180 degrees, pivoting back, and cut in. If you re defender bought the fake deep, the momentum will be exactly in ihe wrong direction, and they will often simply fall down trying to turn in the sand.

d) lay out for everything
Sounds obvious' but worth repeating to yourself. reasons to lay out include:
* you're not agile in the sand, you can often get there faster by diving'
* beachh wind is gusty, get the disc as quickly as possible
* the sand is soft, your defender will layout if you don't'
* unless youtre prone to shoulder dislocation, you wont get hurt.

2) throws need ro be quick and precise
given the field size, the tiring nature of sand cutting, and the ease with wich the defence will lay out. receivers will usually be open for only brief windows of time' As such, the following points are key:
* eye contact, communication
* anticipation of cuts, especially button hooks
* quick, precise passes as soon as a cut is made

once you get the bang of these quick cuts, you´ll revel in the mantra: You´re always open on the open side."
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