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Baccarini and Booth leave no stone unturned in this book. With drills and strategies, advice for motivating students of the game, troubleshooting tips, and even a guide for working with schools, Essential Ultimate is indispensable. -- Author of Ultimate Techniques and Tactics, Ultimate Players Association, 2005 Board of Directors

Essential Ultimate is aptly titled, both in its scope and applicability. This handbook covers Ultimate's fundamental skills and strategies and will be an invaluable resource for new players or teaching captains and coaches. -- Gwen Ambler, Coach of Stanford Women's Ultimate Team, Team USA, 2005

Essential Ultimate is bound to become the bible for every Ultimate coach in the country as well as a basic resource for every player. From fundamentals to big-picture strategy and team building, the book is clear and concise. It's easy to see why Michael Baccarini and Tiina Booth are known as the best teachers of our sport. -- Ted Munter, Head Coach of Team USA for 2005 World Games

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Essential Ultimate is bound to become the bible for every Ultimate coach in the country as well as a basic resource for every player. From fundamentals to big-picture strategy and team building, the book is clear and concise. It's easy to see why Michael Baccarini and Tiina Booth are known as the best teachers of our sport.”


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (February 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736050930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736050937
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Owen Shepherd on February 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
Essential Ultimate is written by 2 of the best coaches in the Junior scene. It is targeted at beginner and intermediate coaches of high school and college/university clubs, yet is very applicable to most senior clubs.

I compared Essential Ultimate to Parinella and Zazslow's "Ultimate Techniques and Tactics" as they have a similar audience, and you may know that text.

Essential Ultimate:
- has a better format as a teaching resource (examples of drills with diagrams, trouble shooting tips, as opposed to large chunks of prose, though it could improve even more)
- includes a better introduction for those new to ultimate: 10 simple rules, the field dimensions, and notes on self-refereeing
- has more on non-ultimate coaching elements such as warm ups, cool downs, the mental game and starting a team.

The difference between the 2 texts is encapsulated by the section on throwing. Baccarini and Booth talk about the key mechanics and how to coach them: correct grip (photos shown), wrist snap and follow through, troubleshooting tips for backhand, forehand and the hammer, how to throw in the wind, and a simple drill for teaching beginners to throw. In comparison, Parinella and Zazslow start with 4 principles of throwing that assume decent throwing skills, then discuss handling tactics, how to break the mark and more.

Essential Ultimate is aimed at coaches, while Ultimate Techniques and Tactics is aimed at experienced players (who probably lead and are player-coaches on their team).

My only significant gripe with Essential Ultimate is that it still has a bit of the flaw that Ultimate Techniques and Tactics had: parts of the book are large slabs of text. It is mostly a reference book, but at times tries to be more of an essay.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Slade on April 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a player-coach for several years, I was very impressed by the supplemental information provided in this book. The text has helped me articulate the mechanics involved in fundamental ultimate techniques such as throwing, catching, etc. as well as supplying important information about defensive and offensive strategy.

I heartily recommend Jim Parinella's book as well, and have found it particularly useful for my own individual development. However, in terms of coaching and teaching your team and the players on it, I think this is the best ultimate book on the market today.
-Ben
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In my opinion, the three most useful sections: throwing, offensive strategy, and fitness for ultimate players.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Dreisbach on March 17, 2009
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I was very pleased with this book. The descriptions of the various skills are very detailed and well-explained. I am a captain of a college Ultimate club and we have implemented a number of drills from this book into our practices. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in captaining a team.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Hallsworth on February 18, 2008
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Whether you are an experienced coach or an aspiring ultimate player this book will help you improve every facet of you game. I had the pleasure of meeting Michael at a coaching clinic and I must say he is the cream of the crop in terms of coaching. This book covers everything from core fitness, learning ultimate and some tips to even help the advanced players. As a fairly new coach myself I really enjoyed the way different drills and skills are explained this book. It has become my Ultimate Bible very quickly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erik Sebesta on February 21, 2008
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"Wow" was my first reaction when Essential Ultimate arrived in the mail. With the rapid growth of juniors, high school, college, and club ultimate, finally, there is a textbook to teach skills correctly. For those who learn through pictures, this book rocks.

--Erik Sebesta
The Ultimate Showcase Series (USS)
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