12 Guys. 9 Girls. 3 lines of dedicated and committed players who will train twice a week and sacrifice their time, energy and bodies for the team. Each player will have to earn their spot, and these spots aren't permanent. There's a maximum number of missed training sessions per league - 3 for Ultra, 3 for North.
All other players who won't make the Main Roster will be in the Reserves List. Reserves are exempted from paying league fees, and will be allowed to play for free should the opportunity arise. All you have to do is keep training hard, and show up during league games.
This year, Super Bueno's main rotation will have their jerseys sponsored as their reward for training hard and working on their craft. Our sponsors aren't final yet, but we will announce very soon. We will also sell other Bueno merchandise to those who want to order. We will also have Bueno caps soon, hoodies a bit later in the year.
(Ultimate Leadership Training Initiative)
Super Bueno will host a workshop that integrates Ultimate Frisbee, Leadership Training and Team Building in one interactive experience that caters to college students and young professionals. "Play Ultimate, Become a Leader, and Meet new Friends."
We will probably launch this workshop sometime in Feb, just in time for our Febueno celebrations.
We will have festivities to celebrate our anniversary in Feb. after the NY League. We'll play basketball, bowling, poker, golf, etc. Volleyball not allowed.
Last night we worked on some key concepts of handler cutting. I reminded them about the importance of positioning even before the cut is initiated to get the dump. A handler who can't get the disc is not a handler. It's the handler's job to keep the disc alive and give the cutters a chance to score. One of the most underrated moves in the game is the dump/swing, since it gets the disc off the sidelines and makes the defense scramble and out of position.
After going through basic handler weaves, we videoed our individual throws. It's quite shocking to see yourself throw for the first time. We do a lot of little movements that we really have no idea of. Hopefully after enough analysis we will be able to tweak our throws and become lethal in game-time scenarios.
First off, attendance has been generally good lately. Good job Bueno! Let’s keep it up!
Yesterday we focused on proper cutting techniques. (How to get the disc, and at the same time, elude your defender) Learning to make the proper cuts is essential in the sport of ultimate. It doesn’t matter how faster or taller you are as opposed to your defender. If you don’t make the proper cut during the given situation, you will NEVER get the disc.
We focused on two basic (but essential) cuts, yesterday: go-to and fade cut. We did fairly okay during drills session, but we got our butts kicked against veteran teams during scrimmage. Still, I think that was a good learning experience if you ask me. Now we know what we have to work on next time we train! Here are some helpful tips that’ll improve our offensive game:
1. ALWAYS be aware of where the disc is. (maintain eye contact with the handler)
• This will help you know how to position yourself before cutting.
2. Cut hard!
• No banana cuts. No jogging. You’ll make things so much easier for the defender if you do this; it won’t take much effort on his/her part catching you.
• If you decide to cut, there should be no doubt in your mind that the disc is yours for the taking. Never hesitate!
3. Be more vocal
• If you want the disc, you have to demand it. Call out the person’s name. Scream if you have to. By doing this you make yourself more visible on the field, and at the same time, you make it easier for the handler to know where you are.
4. No complaining on the field (I have to work on this myself)
• If you think you made a good cut and you still don’t get the pass, CLEAR OUT.
• You only have a few seconds to get the disc before your defender catches you. If the pass doesn’t come, trust the next cutter or handler to get it by giving him/her enough space to move.
These are some of the important things we can learn from last night. Feel free to post a comment if you think there are some things I left out. See you in training!
Like the first ever Noche Bueno last year wherein I got "Mann Hann-dled", this year certainly lived up to the billing and the hype, if not surpassed it. Noche Bueno is really becoming a legendary tradition. It's great to see this bunch of people I call my extended family come together for a night of just enjoying each other's company.
Special mention to the following people: Anton, Brian and Ina Campos for hosting the party in their clubhouse. Bong Sia for cooking that awesome meal (that Brie sauce on the pepper-crusted ribeye was just out of this world). Yuri and Keo Ramos, Angel Yu, and Kara del Rosario for bringing food. Everybody who brought gifts. Anton and Crystal for taking photos. Yuri again for bringing the projector for viewing our recorded games. Pat Cabalu for being Pat Cabalu. The guys who participated in the fliptop battle. Those who played Wa. The newbies who seem to be fitting in very well. Everybody who tried to catch up even if they were late. I could go on and on, but I'd just end up thanking the entire team anyway.
This one is for the history books, and I gotta say I'm certain there's plenty more to come. These are the times when I tell myself that all the work we put into the team is worth it. We ended the year right, and deservedly at that. Onward to 2011, and I'm pretty damn sure it's gonna be even better. Oretachiwa Bueno!
Conditioning last night went well, despite the fact that some of our girls were experiencing... biological difficulties. But they showed internal resolve and pushed through their discomforts to get the job done. Hats off to you girls, because I will never experience what you go through every month.
Our new recruits are showing remarkable attitude during training. They do what we tell them and they don't complain, and they are trying to analyze the drills and concepts on their own. Keep it up guys.
Once again we practiced defense for the drills to cap off our two-week defensive focus. I believe it was a good decision to begin our program on defense, just to get everybody on the same mental state. Team defense is the hardest thing to learn as a team, because it's boring and there aren't any hucks and fancy throws involved. Just getting down and dirty like cleaning the toilet. But it has to be done.
Playing defense well can really make a player stand out because the effort is quite evident, and you can really see the discipline of holding your own ground and not being tempted to take short cuts.
Training is where we try to hone our skills. It is where we push ourselves to the limit so that when it happens during a game, we will not be in unfamiliar territory. It is something that we are comfortable with.
It is when we try to gain the trust and confidence of our teammates. To show and prove to them that when the game is on the line, we will do whatever it takes to contribute and try to get the job done. It is when the coaches try to assess the skill level of every player and how to be able to properly utilize that skill for the benefit of the team. This will also help the coaches formulate the right strategy. A time where we can ask our teammates or coaches for tips and advice.
The best players are the 'coachable' ones. Players who are not afraid of criticism. Players who will ask questions without regard of what some might think. If they don't get it, they won't just let it slide. They're students of the game and will go to great lengths to understand everything there is to know about the game. It's borderline obsession, and we can see that some of our players are already showing those qualities.
by Willie So
My Ultimate career started back in high school sometime around 2007, when I saw some of my schoolmates tossing around in the covered tennis court of Xavier. I did not really see the point in what they were trying to do at first. It seemed quite stupid throwing around a plastic disc back and forth aimlessly with another person. I promised myself that I would never be involved in such a pointless activity. What I didn’t know however, was that it would become the game I would fall madly in love with.
Each day during lunch break, I would pass by the tennis court on the way to the canteen and see the same people throwing the disc back and forth over and over again. I thought, don’t they have anything better to do? But I had to admit, every time I watched the disc go up, it would seem as if time slowed down as it spun in the air, hypnotizing and captivating me. The more I watched, the more I felt compelled to give it a shot. And so I did, despite my initial apprehensions. In hindsight, that was quite a pivotal moment in my life.
I started out as a runner who would barrel straight to the endzone and grab the disc to score a point for my team. At that time, I wasn’t that much of a handler and could not throw straight to save my life. I was a lousy throwing partner because the disc would just go anywhere, and it got tiring to keep picking it up. Because of that, my teammates instead relied on my speed and my leaping ability. I learned during that time that there were many ways to be effective in the game. I also met new friends that would turn out to be some of the most valuable people I know.
But it was short-lived though, as my prior commitment to Badminton forced me to spend less and less time with Ultimate. It was a shame, because I felt like I was finally doing something that I loved, not something I had to do. That was the time I began asking if Badminton was worth all the time and effort. This internal struggle would go on for two years, keeping me away from Ultimate for long stretches of time.
During my senior year, I received a message on Facebook from my former captain (Benny), inviting me to be part of his newly formed team called ‘Super Bueno’. What kind of a team name was that right? Initially, I declined his offer saying I’m too busy with other things and I’ve left the sport a long time ago to continue my Badminton. He would invite me another time, but I replied the same thing.
After a few months, my schoolmates Migs and Scott, who have joined his team, talked to me and tried to convince me into playing with them alongside some other former teammates. This constant barrage of invitations would go on for a few months, until one day I decided it was time for me to give in. I dropped by in one of their trainings, and the rest is history.
At present, this marks my second year playing with Super Bueno. I’m surrounded by such amazing people – people whom I refer to as family instead of teammates. I could not imagine how my life would be if I had not met this group of awesome individuals.
Ultimate has taught me so much. It taught me to be confident and honest with my actions. It taught me to trust my teammates and to trust myself with the decisions I make on and off the field. It taught me to be disciplined and have a good sense of moral judgment. Most importantly, it taught me to uphold the Spirit of the Game even when I’m off the field. That is Ultimate. Ultimate isn’t just a game. It’s a way of life.
We focused on defense in last night's training at Ultra. We began the night with some footwork drills, followed by a 3-man marking drill with the marker's hands behind the back to really get the feet active and promoting side-to-side movements instead of reaching out and lunging. We also ran through the concepts behind cutter defense, and how to shadow and defend the passing lanes. During scrimmage we saw some shutdown defense and more forced turnovers.
We are progressing quite well with our 8-week training program. We are really using the off-season to get back to basics and pound the fundamentals into each player. Our conditioning and endurance training is also paying dividends. Next session we continue working on team defense. Should be beneficial to the new recruits.
It was a great 2010 for Super Bueno, considering we are such a young team. Majority of our players have just been playing for a year or so, but we achieved a lot of our goals. 2011 should be an even better year and we're all pretty excited and looking forward to next season.