On Disc Dog Freestyle Routine Building — The Power of Naming Sequences

Building a routine is always a tough slog for new players. It can be paralyzing to not have clear direction and understanding. “How am I supposed to go out there and shake it, when I don’t know what ‘it’ is?”

This paralysis makes It is easy to avoid freestyle altogether. “I don’t think I want to play freestyle…” Or to have a game plan of “just go out there and wing it”.

I’m having some issues with Epic right now on this front. I’ve got a few more sequences to add to our routine, and am kind of paralyzed by the weight of needing to put something really, really good together. I’ve been avoiding serious routine work because it feels like work. So I guess what I should be saying is that routine building can be a tough hard slog, regardless of experience.

Got Sequences?

In an earlier piece I told you all that the best way to build a routine is to not build a routine, but to whip up a bunch of sequences and then link them together. If you do that you’ve got a routine.

Unlike a linear routine, a sequence based routine is modular and flexible. You can drop or add sequences without having to redo the whole shebang.

We build sequences with a Jam in a Flash methodology, all tricks get shuffled up and “dealt out”. The team plays them honestly, just the tricks dealt them, and lessons are learned, sequences are created, and sweet individual transitions between moves are assembled using the Art of Linking Tricks; a fancy way of saying “put a wait between each trick”.

Naming Something Gives You Power Over It

So you’ve got a bunch of sequences but no idea what to do with them?Once a sequence comes into existence in your brain, give it a name. Any name will do, but it might be a good idea to give it a name that leads you to the content of the sequence.

They’re catchy names and they mean something to me. They also are strongly connected to each sequence.

Once I got the name in my brain, the whole sequence can be easily and instantly recalled.

I don’t believe that is possible with a list. The Routine as list of tricks is always based upon what is before or after it. Breaking up that long laundry list up into 5-8 memorable chunks means less decisions and less moving parts.

Less decisions and less moving parts means less things forgotten or misplaced.

Write it Down X Times Before Your Round

If I’m concerned about forgetting my routine, I write the sequence list on the back of each disc, starting at number 1.

  1. Jakie Boom
  2. Big Over Hoop
  3. Yachi BFly
  4. Repeating Rear Cross
  5. Loot the World
  6. Scoot & Screw
  7. Flatwork Out
  8. Reverse Leg Vault Dog Catch

Writing that down, 5-10 times, one list on each disc, right before you go out is a powerful mnemonic device. You are not likely to forget that list.

Also, if you happen to forget you can flip the disc over and have a very quick list of your sequences. Odds are you’ll remember before the disc is even flipped over.

I can’t remember ever fully flipping a disc over to get my bearings if I wrote them on each disc before my routine. It’s never happened.

Get Power Over Your Sequences

Name your sequences and gain power of them. Give them names that trigger the ideas or tricks the sequence contains.

Use this name as verbal and mental shorthand for the entire sequence.

Keeping track and navigating 5-8 well named sequences is easier than keeping track of 36 individual tricks, right?