Ultimate Techniques and Tactics Paperback – 1 Apr 2004
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James Parinella is one of the top Ultimate players in America. He is the founder, captain and coach of the top US Ultimate team, Death or Glory (DoG). They are 6 time US National Champions and have been World Champions since 1996. Parinella is the President of the Board of Directors of the Ultimate Players Association and frequently writes articles for Ultimate Life Magazine. Eric Zaslow is a former member of DoG and was a vital part of their 1996 National and World Championship team. He is currently a professor of mathematics at Northwestern University, USA.
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I've been playing ultimate for, geez, about 8 years now. Much of the material in this book is stuff that I'm familiar with. Some of it is new to me. But even the info that comes as no surprise becomes more useful when you see it stated concisely. In addition, this would be a fantastic teaching aid if you're trying to figure out how to get new players onto the right page.
Example: One part of the book shows a fairly basic play (disc trapped on the line, L-stack, dump/swing and throw for yardage), and shows, with commentary, seven different slight variations, based on who can cut, where the throw is caught, etc. Each of the seven variations will make immediate sense to an experienced ultimate player, but you might not ever think of the play in terms of the basic principles, and you might have a hard time explaining it to a newbie (or even realizing what things needed to be explained).
I agree with the reviewer who pointed out that unless you speak a certain amount of the language, this book would be pretty confusing.
I'm half way through the book now, and it has already been more than worth the price. I suspect any ultimate player would agree.
I have only two criticisms of the book. The first is that the "entry bar" is pretty high: for example, if you don't know what an inside-out break-mark throw is at the outset, you'll need to spend a bit of time paging through the glossary, and if you don't know how to throw a hammer, this book won't help you. The second is that the writing occasionally gets long-winded, and you may discover you've just read four whole pages of prose that seem to just boil down to pithy advice like "when marking, keep your weight above your feet and stay balanced".
Despite these criticisms, the book is good, and there is a lot of material here I haven't seen elsewhere in print.