Saturday, May 28, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011


We won 13-0 today.
Think about that. In tough win, playing weird lines, we won 13-0. With tough wind, mixed lines. 13-0.
Could we have done better? Yeah. We could have moved the disc across field better by our handlers.
We could have Cleared space better. We could have valued the disc more.

But we had MULTIPLE blocs by orlich, again, MVP.
We had lazer beam b-button flicks by archer.
We had multiple all around the field d's by Mario.
We had great play by sammi, resetting the 'o'.
We had great cuts by taylor(s)
We had sick upwind pulls by Matt.
Multiple d's by hadlie.

and. much more.
the key: don't relish that success. focus on what you can do to be better.
team scrimmage with (i hope) film, and soundtrack tomorrow.

focus, always on the offense. swing the disc, cut. swing the disc, cut.
on the goal line, 100 percent.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Trucker Hats on Way. You know as much as I do.
We will practice friday. I'll try to find someone to video from stands. Bring your full uniform.
We'll talk about video before state games.
Please bring your 'A' game. We'll be calling subs, at least in our pods for this game.

Here is a well edited video of DIV III nationals that just occurred, claremont vs. st. johns.
The game is a little ratty, and higher camera angles are better. But the editing is tight, the calls are subtitled in, and

Here is a lower resolution video of CU vs. Brown
Better athletes, and I think one of the 3OH3 guys is on CU (really).

This was on CSTV, a CBS subsidiary. The production values are higher (if rez is lower).
Brown tends to run VERT, CU Horizontal stack. Both teams can run both stacks. Both teams have athletes who were playing on high level club teams.

Part 2
Note that Brown is running a lot of 'Split Stack'. Handlers are 3 accross (like a Horizontal Stack), but downfield cutters are vert.

Our goals:
lateral movement with our handlers, (0,1,a) gaining as much ground as possible while moving disc accross.
threatening cuts by 2,3,B,C going deep, and cutting under, reflecting drills we've worked on.
conservative decision making, and huge effort by cutters to give throwers best looks.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Summer Camp Options.

One in Eugene...

one in seattle...

or, instead of spending all that money, if you could fundraise some money, I could make it worth the while of a couple buddies of mine to come over and help run a camp. I assure you. The level of coaching would be equal to, or better than what you could get at these camps. The interaction with students from other places is valuable, but if you're going to go to a camp for that reason, go to the seattle camp, just for variety.

for the cost of 4 of you wanting to go to seattle or eugene for a week, we could put on a first rate camp here.

mull it over.

Week Notes.

Practice Schedule:
Tuesdays and Thursdays. 2 weeks to go. (This friday is the start of 4 day weekend, monday is memorial day, next friday is maybe a travel day). But Throw every day. Come prepared for any and all weather. We'll only cancel for lightning from here on out. Don't miss. If your hurt, come and throw before leaving.

We're going to learn the 'Sideline A PLAY' and another 'Zone'

June 4th (and 5th) is Oregon States (Open) and (Girls).
We're looking into some lodging options, Justin is working on it, each hotel room would require a Parent/Chaperone.
justin has tentatively booked 4 rooms, using some points he's accrued through work.
each would need one adult with a credit card for incidentals / security.

The Girls will very likely be just one of those Days. You'll know as soon as I do.

It's in Tigard
At Cook Park.

After State:
We'll take a break, and then go to mornings at 8:30 on tuesdays / thursdays alternating with days i coach cross country running.

I'll offer weights after tuesday thursday practice. Summer focus we'll continue to work on individual skills (throw, mark, cut, person to person defense), and it's a good time to recruit. There maybe a tournament in august 7-9, but i'm out of town on work. There may be a HS beach tournament in early fall. I'll let you know.

the mystery solved...

The mystery of the 2009 UPA Oregon State Title (Mixed), Solved.


well, not true. but we're the central oregon champs. no one from the valley would come play co-ed (it's tough: they start earlier, it's tough to juggle schedules, the tournament was pretty thrown together. i'm sure someone would have whomped us).

We split X-Y. So it's

Summit Green
Summit Black
(Both wore white)
Bend High
Mt. View.

Bend was missing their most dominant player... a great young thrower with a lifetime of family discing from an old darkstar (long term eugene team) dad.

Summit green went up big versus Mt. View early, then traded points to win. Summit lost the best thrower on the squad, and between that and Bend finally 'showing up' it could have been closer.

Summit silver scores easily to make it 1-0, then with our starters in (we probably had 12 per team)a literally 20 minute point ensues. When it ends, it's 2-0 summit, while it's 7-2 on the other field. It the terrible feel of one of those points that can make or break a young team. But we scored, and our subs scored easily to make it 3-0, and the team did a little better than trading points from there on out to win.

round two: Mt. View defeats Bend High, in what all my kids felt was an upset. I was never so sure, as Bend had better flow, surer flicks, and more depth. But mt. view was willing to huck, and had tremendous desire. Mt. View wins.

Summmit Green vs. Summit black. Missing the best thrower on the squad, summit green is no longer the favorite. blackworks by executing the 'o' and and involving everyone. Summit Green gets great play out of the new arrivals: The state finalists in tennis (last year's champs, lost to other summit doubles this year). The two boys can run and jump (varsity soccer/XC running) and it's a close game. Thrower shows up, and gets a break on a long throw, and i told my best defender to bring pressure on the mark, and make his life hell (he rolled an ankle, and so he's a little slowed up, but always wants to throw, not run). Time cap comes, game over, 8-8. I could have made them play a point, but, hey, what the hell.
I told them before the game that only half of them could be state champs. This lit a fire under the team, and at half, i told them, 'you don't have to cool down. but be aware. this is the intensity i expect at scrimmages. and if you scrimmaged like this, we'd scrimmage more.' and they got it.

round 3
Summit Green vs. Bend: Bend was on to our complicated endzone 'o'. Cut to a corner. So they covered the front of the stack, and poached from the 2nd spot, and which ever girl was in the back half. The first time they did it, i yelled at person one to cut to to the cone, and for josh to come forward uncovered. he flared a little, but we got away with it. Then i showed them what the 'd' was doing, and it was easy from there out. Again, Bend was without their best player, and rather than split into 2 teams, they played a deep roster, so i'm not gloating, just saying.

Summit black vs. Mt. View. A little Nip and Tuck in the early going (2-0, 2-2, 4-2, and then it was trading and extending) until they locked down on defense, and finally realized that against a hucking team, 7 players have to run to the disc. ONe of my seniors who is solid, but not super agressive, finally made the play. A huck goes up, he sprints 45 yards, and deflects the trash away from the open 3rd receiver. They catch it, we bemoan luck. You make your own luck there.

Play of the weekend: Brando, a wicked fast (JO skier, sub 17 5km runner, low 2's 800, you get it) is marking. HIs player swings it, and he runs it down and d's it before it gets completed. Just amazing.

So Summit Green 2-0-1
Summit Silver 2-0-1
Mt. View 1-2
Bend 0-3

I guess I could figure out pt. diff., 17-7 in favor of green, but, the tie in the head to head shows the value of fighting.

States 'Press Release'

USA Ultimate Oregon High School Championships (Mixed).
Score Reporter:


South Eugene HS Mixed A
Summit HS Storm Mixed Varsity
Churchill HS Mixed Varsity
Sheldon HS
Crescent Valley HS - Mixed
Grant HS Mixed
Dallas HS Agent Orange Mixed Var

South Eugene was the obvious number one seed coming in. Led by All everything Aaron Honn, the Axepersons have skill, athleticism, experience and depth. They’ve dominated open play in Oregon, and the West, winning open state for several years, and playing at a consistently high level in USAUltimate Westerns for the same span. Their girls are young, but clearly skilled, and they easily had 6 or 7 girls there. South brought relatively fewer guys, including a number of younger players, but had a few of their guns there. This is South’s first coed foray, as in the past they’ve focused on open play.

Summit High was the two seed, based on I guess the fact that they’d played a little better at Westerns, and had a novice girls team competing in westerns. Finished 2nd at Coed last year, behind Churchill. The only team in the state to run Vert stack exclusively, Summit ‘s game is based on strong D, and scoring fast.

Churchill Has dominated Coed play for years, and played well at the regional level in westerns. Like South (and, presumably, much of the Eugene league), they benefit from middle school programs, and a strong Frisbee presence in Eugene. They graduated a lot of players last year, and they are now self coached, but it’s clearly more a reloading year than a rebuilding year as their strong play indicates.

Sheldon, Coached by UO alum Claire Sharman, seems to be on the upswing, in terms of numbers, and gameplay. Like all the valley teams, I’m convinced that their throwing IQ is significantly higher than our teams. It seems like as a measure of just ‘disc skills,’ the valley teams have a huge advantage. It may be basically mild winters, or the large leagues, or who knows.

Crescent Valley HS, coached by USA Rep Andrew Buermeyer, is also on the upswing. The team shut down the doors in 2009, and has rebuilt from the ground up, but, they are clearly a young team.

Grant HS was the wild card. As games went on, they showed they could run and gun with the other teams, but couldn’t clean it up quite enough. But they clearly have a game plan, their coach has them ballin’, and depending on graduation, and recruiting, should be on the rise.

Dallas High School: If most fun wins, it’s these guys. Played better against Sheldon and Churchill, than against Grant, but since I didn’t see the games, I can’t comment. Could be style of play, or fatigue.

Notable games:
I’ll mainly speak to the Summit games.

Game 1) Dallas 13-3
Summit committed plenty of unforced errors, but was able to keep it together. We worked on disc movement laterally across the front of the stack, decision making, and execution.

Game 2) 10-5 Over Crescent Valley.
The team came out clearly overconfident against Crescent Valley. And promptly went down 4-2. At this point, we had a rather pointed conversation about the difference between pride and arrogance, and about the need to respect every opponent, yourself, and the game. A very teachable moment, and we went on an 8-1 run. Still working on breaking mark and dumping and swinging, which improved slightly. Tournaments are where growth happens, and we were working hard to get better each game.

Game 3) 5-10 (L) to South Eugene.
In the first Half we came out tentatively. We stayed with a deep rotation, and were down at half 7-2. We talked about playing with confidence in the face of adversity, executing the game plan, and believing in yourself. I think I told some story about drowning rats jumping ship and swimming or something. It’s available in my coaching seminars. We calmed down, and traded points the rest of the way, while giving everyone some valuable big game competition.

Game 4) 9-6 over Churchill.
Another game of two halves. This time we came out too fired up. The ‘d’ was there, but we were WAY too hurried in transition, looking for hero plays, making jittery miscues. We took a time out, discussed our mindset, recognized that we were not overconfident, we were not scared, we were just too fired up, and needed to calm down. We were down, I think, 6-4, and scored 5 straight , all on D (we pulled to start the second half). Churchill is no longer coached, but the lasting legacy of Luke Johnson continues, as does the benefits of their middleschool feeder programs.
We’re now 2 – MANY against Churchill, having lost, conservatively 8-15 times to them over the past 8 years, often by loads.

Dinner at a local restaurant, crowded in , ate some burgers, and watched the first half of the Mavs-Sonics (sic) game. Went back to camp, and everyone got some much needed sort of rest on the ground.

Game 5) Grant HS 10-3.
Historically, we warm up haphazardly, with various athletes skipping the run, skipping out to go do ‘stuff’, dogging it in the drills. So, I made it clear that the warm ups and drills serve as performance cues, and that team mates who dog it, or skip, interfere with the team’s ability to achieve game level focus. The rule was, miss the workout, you do not play today. Normal warm up of drills, and one possession short field scrimmages vs either man or zone. Our game got cleaner and cleaner, but we were still failing to face the mark, failing to break the mark, etc. But the offense was cleaning up with every passing game, and we were using everyone of our 19 players.

Game 6) Sheldon
9-5. We traded points, and gave Sheldon a lead. Or they took it. Their game was smooth and polished, and they took advantage of our miscues. We tightened the rotation up, the offense cleaned up a little more, and we closed it out.

Game 7) We got permission from the TD and agreement from South and started early. The South Coach served as the official time keeper, announcing soft and hard caps. This was our game of games.

We talked about confidence vs overconfidence, anticipation vs anxiety, and trusting the plan. We knew it would be hard, as South has not lost a State game in as long as I can remember. Beyond that I don’t remember them being challenged in a game. They were loose and confident, but not cocky. Our team was pumped and motivated, and Mario showed some senior leadership taking the team on a pregame jog. In throwing everyone seemed loose. Good sign.

We scored first on a long throw to a wide open Sammi Jones. But South answered back. But tellingly, I think we had a ‘d’ in that point. South scored again to make it 2-1 South. Shades of past debacles were there, but something was different. The ‘d’ was a bit tighter, there was no nervousness, and the miscues were not bad decisions or over reaching types. I put in my all-star line up to even the score…. And after throwing 15 smart passes, they made a dumb error, and South scored in 2 passes. Down 3-1, I left them in, they scored quickly and efficiently, and the game was afoot.

We made no adjustments. We were playing as well as we could. We'd made huge strides just since the beginning of the tournament. Mario and Andy were cautious and active, moving the disc side to side and looking up field. They took very few risks, but were not tentative. A Good mix. Luke, Tanner and Andrew were locking down on 'd', and making big gains on the cutting. The girls were everywhere, catching goals, throwing goals, keeping the drives alive, and making block after block.

Our SIDELINE was ENGAGED, communicative, and supportive, making us seem even larger than our 20 person squad.

Our ‘D’ line converted to make it 3-3, and then, shocker, we took the lead. Against South. In the finals. Things were clicking: Our handlers were getting lateral movement across the midline. Our downfield cutters were active. Our girls were everywhere, getting blocks, making tough grabs. And the relatively low numbers and youthful players South brought might have been showing fatigue. To a great extent, everything possible went our way, and enough went against South to catch them at the wrong time.

We have never executed our offense better.
Kids made clutch grabs with excellent pressure.
We made very few ‘bad decisions’
We had very few physical errors.
We were well rested because of our deep bench.
And, frankly, when it was time to get lucky, we did.

Summit wins. 13-10. I suspect the Axemen will be coming Heavy to single gender. I’ve seen them when they bring the hammer. And likewise, I suspect their talented girls team will be out for blood, er, sap, when they face our girls.

Congrats to all the teams at Mixed States. Thanks to South for a great game. I must say, they have always been gracious in victory, and they were no less gracious in a rare defeat. Says a lot about them.

Game notes: Tanner's downfield cutting kept many a drive alive, making key grabs with #25 on him like a backpack. Likewise, the girls were tough as nails in cutting and throwing. The girls may have had 0 turnovers for the game, while racking up numerous goals and assists. Obviously, our seniors played great all weekend, but the future looks bright with Luc, Tanner, and Andrew racking up big time playing time on offense and defense. Throw in Braedon "The Wolverine" Petrus, and the future looks bright.

I wish I had video of our first outdoor practice for the team to compare your performance. From 6 possession huck and hope points, to throwing 10 passes on the goal line before selecting the best option to score it. Bueno.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


I'm so very proud of you. Playing any sport is emotional, physical, and competitive. And at every stage of the weekend, you rose up. The fun of camping, and playing, is met by the stress of sleeping on the ground, playing teams that play YEAR ROUND, and facing physical and mental stress.

At every challenge, you rose up. You met the requirements. You surpassed them.

I'm proud, and honored to be your coach.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


staying at benton oaks rv park
games at crystal lakes
bring food money, camping money. $20/per night for 4 person tent (total)

we've gotta big team.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ultimate frisbee = pwn


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

coed state.

who's going?
who's driving (parents).
no drivers, no tournament. can't be helped that it's so close to westerns.

2 days, corvallis, similar schedule to last weekend, should be same camping....
lower key event, just oregon teams, we'll take 1 team, and maybe 2 IF and only IF I get parents who can drive, and a minimum of 10 girls.

The event is coed, 4 boys, 3 girls on the field at a time.
If it goes to 5-2, I'll revise the requirement for us to split into 2 teams.

still dominating the photo galleries... summit

sunday girls write up.

...and a photo of sammi blowin' up!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

suns out
suns out
guns out

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

westerns. the biggest thing ever.

last things: bring your shirts to practice tomorrow:
we're going to spray numbers on.

which brings us to:
andy archer is coming by to get money to go buy stencils and spray paint. we'll do it at practice. no chosen numbers unless they are big numbers. (and i want 42 unless you do).
girls and guys can have same number, just no 2 guys, no 2 girls.

no fighting, but if you want to rochambo, yes.

you guys and gals are awesome.


got a ride?
know we're camping?

got black shorts?
got your shirts?

Monday, May 09, 2011


website link:

browse around with links.

we are campiing HERE.
at the benton county fair campgrounds. tent camping, and hot showers. directions and phone number at links

call them if you are RV camping.

hook ups available.

games start at 9 on saturday,
and sunday depending on which bracket we are in.
assume 830.

boys and girls.

For the 'Prom' bunch, leave when you have to, but check the schedule to see what you'll be missing.
No kid drivers, be safe.

If you owe money, pay up.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

here... we... go...

tuesday: games agains bend. they have 2 teams. if i can get mvhs to show up, we'll split into 3.
westerns: i'm calling every house this week. I need.
1) who wants to play, so i have the numbers to tell players their playing time situation so they can decide if they want to pay the player fee, or just go to hang and camp and watch.
2) who's driving: if your family is driving, you're on the team. done. preference is then given to seniority, attendance, skill, etc.
i'd like everyone to play. every girl is on the team.
3) numbers: we're going to stencil numbers. we'll have a numbering party wednesday night, parent meeting, and final get together.
4) you pay the $30 westerns player fee to me. your dues are part of your membership. you'll get a newsletter, and other schwag from the usaultimate governing body.
5) see prior post (below) and self register. give me your upa id # and i'll cut a check for dues for westerns.
6) AWESOME job today. you are the best summit frisbee team ever. fight the doldrums, power through the long season, and you'll have fun memories to last a lifetime.

the first player to see me tomorrow will (along with Tyler, who got it first last time) receive a westerns disc from me. I'd suggest you buy one. Tyler, and tonights winner, should buy one, and have the entire team sign your disc as a memory. Trust me. I still have mine from 1997 worlds, signed by my atlanta team mates. Cool.

the winners of the occasional 'drawings' will all be entered into the group ro-cham-beaux (rock paper scissors) and the winner will chose from my custom summit tie-dye (sick) my size large #42 sockeye jersey from our 3rd in nationals, a disc of your choice, or a prize to be named later.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

need roster information.

link here immediately

Go online, and fill this form out.

I'll Take a check to Westerns.

you will need to pay your player fee down the road $30 -- westerns players only.
if you have not partivcipated in fundraising, and want to, you could pay your own upa dues.
if not, see me tomorrow.