Ultimate NL hosted one of its most successful skill development clinics with two offerings in December of 2021.
“Skill development clinics are a great resource to our members. The participants this year had a diverse background of playing experience,” said Nick House, Ultimate NL’s board president. “We had members who were still in high school, club players honing their skills, athletes preparing for their first ever league game, and those who have been playing for over a decade.”
The first clinic focused on throwing, allowing players to diversify their throwing skill set by learning more advanced throws like inside-out (IO) throws, outside-in (OI) throws, over the tops, as well as having a chance to practice hucks or longer throws. The second session focused on offensive strategy with players practicing their skills and learning strategy through various drills and game play.
“I am very pleased with how the skill development clinic sessions went,” said Rebecca Mesburis, Ultimate NL’s sport development director. “It was incredible to see so many athletes eager to improve their skills as we achieved maximum registration for the event.”
Clinic facilitators Melissa Wheeler, Will Kerr, Craig Stoyles, Nick House, Kathleen Sullivan, Cameron Penney, Erin Daly, Rachel Tobin, and David Whitney-Brown, whose abilities and experiences are vast, provided detailed demonstrations, hands-on instruction, and individual attention to address each participant’s unique needs.
For Nick House, coaching clinics is his favourite way to volunteer. “UNL creates a friendly learning environment for everyone who attends and everyone is eager to learn. These clinics also provide a valuable opportunity for us, the coaches, the get feedback on how we instruct,” he said.
“I cannot thank the facilitators enough for offering their ultimate frisbee skills and expertise to help enrich the learning experience of those who attended the clinics,” said Mesburis. “I also cannot fully express how appreciative I am of all participants for making these such successful clinics.”
Having since received great feedback from players in attendance, Ultimate Newfoundland and Labrador is already looking forward to the next time they can offer more clinics.