Flash Jams – randomized sequences of tricks – not only deliver cool new moves, but they teach important lessons. Eppie and I did a Jam in a Flash session a few days ago that brought out this Thru to Heli idea.
Helis Create Ingenuity, Flatwork & Flow
We’ve been working with Jack Fahle and UpDog on their judging certification and Get FFFit program (Fab Freestyle Feedback) and a judging concept that comes up all the time is Ingenuity. It’s a rather tough to pin down subcategory of the Human element in the Freestyle Showcase. The Team elements [caption id="attachment_27605" align="alignleft" width="300"] Counter Clockwise Working Flank[/caption] Flatwork is the stuff that happens between the catches. How the team moves and transitions, often without the disc, is flatwork. Flatwork and Flow is a key component of the modern day disc dog game. Keeping your dog moving with seamless, ever moving and flowing sequences with little to no set up time, also hard to pin down are represented in the sequence above.
What Exactly Is a Heli Flip?
Heli is a term I stole from David Bootes, a crusty old disc dog buddy from back in the day… He was, and hopefully still is a super creative jammer.
The Heli is a moving flip that happens on the flank. In addition to happening on the flank it releases or resolves to that same flank.
So the dog is moving in one direction, and while moving in that direction performs a flip and lands that flip to continue on in the same direction. Not sure if that’s how Bootes would define it, but that is the concept I remember robbing from him.
Helis can happen at a distance or in close. They can happen behind you, in front of you, or out to the side. They can happen on a retrieve. They can pretty much happen anywhere.
Helis work on clock and counter.
In Or Out
Helis can go In or Out. In is the same flipping direction as the The Working Flank is a moving position. On a Working Flank the dog is out to your side some distance and holds position, moving with you as you move around. Out is the opposite flipping direction from the Working Out to the side of the handler is the Flank. If the dog is out to the handler's right or left the dog is on Flank. If the dog is.
Heli-In | Flip = Same Direction as Flank
In the sequence above, the flip is the same direction as the flank. This is a Heli-In. The dog’s first movement is towards the handler. The dog flips or turns towards the handler. This is similar to the On a Front Cross, your dog switches Flanks in with you in front of them. From Clock to Counter Clockwise Flank or vice versa. Taken directly from the canine agility.
Heli-Out | Flip = Opposite Direction as Flank
The Heli-Out is similar to the On a Rear Cross, the dog switches Flanks with the behind her. From clock to counter clockwise Flank or vice versa. Taken directly from the canine agility world, the Rear, with the dog’s head turning away from the handler for the catch and the flip happening in the opposite direction as the Working Flank.
Interior Flatwork FTW!
Interior Flatwork is a key component of flowing disc dog freestyle.
Heli Flips are a great illustration of dynamic, and dare I say Ingenious, Interior Flatwork. It also impacts Team Connectedness, Flow, The act of preparing for a leap. Breaking stride for leaping or changing direction, collection is a key moment in the leaping process. and Control, Shapes, and Tricks.