Presidents’ Day Invite 2024: One Humble Suggestion For Each Team (Men’s Div.)

If only each team could just do this one thing…

Cal Poly SLO’s Kyle Lew gets the block at Santa Barbara Invite 2024. Photo: William “Brody” Brotman – UltiPhotos.com

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I started writing for Ultiworld about five years after I started coaching youth ultimate. Now, over a decade into a coaching career spanning middle school, high school, and college ultimate, one of the hardest things about being a reporter is not coaching the players I watch. Over the course of ten hours during which I’m standing on the sideline of important games, it’s so natural to see a play and want to give feedback right away to the players involved. Of course, as a neutral third party I don’t interject like that (even though I often want to). So here’s my chance to play coach for the day.

Below I’ll offer one humble suggestion to each team I saw play on Presidents’ Day Invite Day One that I think will help them improve. Before getting into this exercise, I must acknowledge two things: first, unlike these teams’ actual leadership groups, I haven’t spent months with each team, and second, in some instances, I only saw them on the field for maybe an hour or so. The combination of limited information will almost certainly leave some teams laughing at what I have to say, but I’m okay with that because even with limited information there’s something to learn.

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  1. Alex Rubin
    Alex Rubin

    Alex Rubin started writing for Ultiworld in 2018. He is a graduate of Northwestern University where he played for four years. After a stint in Los Angeles coaching high school and college teams, they moved to Chicago to experience real seasons and eat deep dish pizza. You can reach Alex through e-mail ([email protected]) or Twitter (@arubes14).

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