We are starting to look at the Riot vs Revolution game in the study group today. Since we’ve spent the last 6 weeks looking at the Molly Brown vs Revolution game, I’ll probably focus a bit more on the Riot players to start the game just to introduce them. My guess is that Revolution will give us plenty to study through the game, though!
Here are some of my thoughts from the first point:
(1) If you want to learn how to play ultimate – watch everything that Julia Snyder does on the field.
I’ve written a lot about how much I love her game before:
In this game she touches the disc three times – you’ll see a beautiful forehand to space, a nice high backhand to the force side, and an easy backhand to space (after a miracle catch!)
In a way her game reminds me a lot of how Revolution’s Yina Cartagena plays. They both have fantastic field awareness and always seem to be in the right place at the right time. Both are also excellent at taking what the D is giving them. Snyder and Cartagena are a joy to watch and both make the game look way too easy!
(2) Surge is simply terrific
I’ve written a lot about her game, too:
Surge has been one of the top players in the world for a decade and also gives back to the sport in more ways than I can count. In this point you’ll see a fantastic block and also a great example of how the thrower can help move a receiver’s defender.
(3) Learning from Qxhna Titcomb
Parts (3) and (4) are the same video clip – the 20 seconds leading up to the score, but I want to highlight the play of two different players.
First up is Qxhna Titcomb who throws the goal. She’s in the front of the stack when the clip starts. Watch her movement and watch especially how she works with Surge to get so wide open before throwing the goal.
(4) Learning from Nora Landri
Again, the is the same clip from part (3) -> this time, though, focus on the movement of Nora Landri who starts with the disc.
Downfield cuts coming from the handler position are always fun to study. Landri’s timing and positioning here are great. She doesn’t go down the field right away, stays wide, and times the cut perfectly so that Qxhna has plenty of space to throw in to. If you want to incorporate downfield cutting into your own handler cutting repertoire, Landri’s movement here is a great cut to study.