With the first NXL event layout already underway, the international circuit kicks off in the south of France in Puget with the Millennium Series Mediterranean Cup. There is no real way of knowing what is going to happen on this field layout until we gets some solid field time in and we practice. Preparation is key, however the US teams and the subsequent imports playing from the US don’t have the luxury to prepare as well as their European counterparts. With that said, I am a little behind the eight ball so to speak. While I have been busy prepping for the NXL event in Las Vegas, many of the European teams competing in the upcoming Millennium event have been logging some serious man hours on this layout! Taking the necessary steps goes far beyond just the hours on the practice field. Game planning is one major key to success. Dynasty’s fearless leader, Rusty Glaze has made some adjustments to the normal field layout map that is a staple in everyone’s field planning.
The gridded field map is great for setting up the layout at your local field. However, it is not the best when it comes to game planning. As a result, I am sharing with you, how coach Rusty Glaze lays out Dynasty’s field maps. The gridded field plans can make game plans cluttered and all the lines can cause confusion. Therefore, these maps have been cleaned up to allow you to create a clearer, more efficient game plan. We generally print out about 10 maps for each member of the team. A couple for each guy to come up with their own game plan and then a few extras for scouting reports of other teams and when the guys “misplace” them here and there.
“It may seem nonchalant and trivial to get rid of all the lines, but as I always say when I am teaching my clinics, we are trying to be as effective and efficient on the field as possible. With that, there goes the saying, ‘Trim the fat.’ “
The idea behind cleaning up the maps is to get a concise plan that is easy to view (See image to the left for a “worst case scenario” of what a spider web of confusion may look like). As many players know, there is enough to worry about in the pits, during and before games. It may seem nonchalant and trivial to get rid of all the lines, but as I always say when I am teaching my clinics, we are trying to be as effective and efficient on the field as possible. With that, there goes the saying, “Trim the fat.” Anyone who has taken a clinic with me has more than likely heard me say that phrase. Think of the clutter on the map as fat, where any little bit to make you more efficient will help you become a better weapon on the field.
So, please enjoy and use either or both of these field layouts with your team!