How To Catch Better Than The Pros

Henry Fisher dropped a clap catch in the final of US Nationals 2021 – Noah takes a close look at exactly why, and what implications this has for the way we should train clap catching.

Felix’s series on Catching is being released at the Training Tier level, starting with Part 1: https://www.patreon.com/posts/66675315.

Hive Training Program – Uni Sessions

This 19 week training program was constructed by Felix over the course of the last 20 years of training Sussex University. It has been refined for the 2021-22 season, with diagrams and drill videos added for clarity. The program is aimed at University / High School teams, and any teams which have a large influx of beginners. Follow the program week-by-week, or pick the sessions or drills/exercises you wish to add to yours! By following this exact program in the 2021-22 season, Sussex finished 4th in the Men’s division and 2nd in Women’s division 2. Watch video & access the spreadsheets (Training Tier patrons only)

Is This The Most Effective Move In Ultimate?

Goldfingers passed backwards on stall zero at least 17 times on their way to victory over XL Masters – usually in a sequence of flow that leads to a goal. Is this the most effective move currently in Ultimate, and why does it work so well in Hex? Felix takes a closer look.

The team from Potsdam (Germany) played 100% Hexagon Offence for the duration of this game and tournament, earning 3rd place and setting the bar for good hex play.

Every Score (compilation): https://www.patreon.com/posts/66372974

Every Turnover (analysis): https://www.patreon.com/posts/66372995

Check out the full game here: https://youtu.be/RAl0v3TtWWw

Colombia WG @ TEP 2022 – Felix Report

“What I’m seeing so far, is that the “Rest of the world” are catching up” – these were the American words spoken to me by Evan Lepler during the showgame on Friday night (Evan is addressing the camera in the bottom right of the above photo). My experience so far had been similar, but in a starkly different context. I had been invited to TEP to run a Hex Clinic and assist with coaching the Colombian World Games tryout teams, but when on the sideline of the first tryouts’ game, it wasn’t the World Games team who I noticed were playing Hex, but their opponents – a team called D-Crash from Bogota. The D-Crash coach confirmed they play Hex 70% of the time. Within my first two days in Medellín, I had conversations with coaches from Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela – all had begun to introduce Hex to their teams since the pandemic and were keen to pick my brain.

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Training Hex: Dynamic Hex Shape Exercise

This exercise is an engaging way to teach good spacing and hex shape. It challenges players to focus on maintaining shape under increasing amounts of defensive pressure, moving the disc quickly (stall 4 counted from anywhere), and prioritising taking the open pass over looking for yards. Full video (Training Tier Patrons only).

Hex Clinic @ TEP 2022

¡Felix viene a Medellín! El martes 12 de abril habrá una Clínica de Hex/Flex, las nuevas estrategias que se están extendiendo rápidamente por el mundo del ultimate frisbee. Mire este video para tener una idea de lo que son Hex y Flex antes de venir. ¡Recuerde activar los subtítulos en español!

Felix is coming to Medellín! On Tuesday 12th April there with be a Clinic on Hex/Flex, the new strategies which are spreading quickly around the world of ultimate frisbee. Check out this video for an idea of what Hex and Flex are before you come along – remember to turn on Spanish subtitles! (activa los subtitulos en español!)

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Fast Break or Patient End Zone Offence?

Leo highlights fast-break options and defensive opportunities in this clip from Scandal v Brute Squad at the 2019 US Open, countering Jonny Malks’ praise of Boston’s patient stack play. Watch full video.

How To Run Dominator Offense Like Ring

Ring of Fire’s Jack Williams walks through how they ran a 3-man dominator (with Matt Gouchoe-Hanas and Sol Yanuck) against Doublewide to quickly work up the field for an easy score. Watch full video.

Triangle Dominator Weave Exercise

This exercise (available to Training Tier patrons) replicates the triangle motion offense pattern that Jack Williams talks about in his analysis video of Ring’s dominator offense. Easy setup and execution of the exercise with a group including demonstrations, and head-cam footage breaking down the details from the first person perspective, so you can effortlessly integrate it into your session. Watch the full video here (3:05).