Introducing Hive Ultimate

Hive Ultimate connects ultimate frisbee players & teams around the world with coaches, resources & materials.
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We aim to grow the sport of ultimate frisbee in a sustainable and inclusive way. We believe the sport can be fun for beginners, challenging for elite athletes, and engaging for spectators. The sport is in its adolescent years in terms of strategy – if you are open to new approaches, we provide fresh ideas to help everybody have more fun and win, and fresh ideas will help everybody have more fun and win. We anticipate rapid strategic evolution in ultimate – specifically moving towards free flow on offence, dynamic teamwork on defence, and away from stacks, isolations, set plays, and strict matchups.

We aim to facilitate the education, training, performance, and enjoyment of teams and individuals who are on board with this philosophy all around the World.

Hive Ultimate is proud to announce our partnership with the Singapore National team. We hope to help translate Singapore’s outrageous successes at the junior level to senior competition, by working with them remotely. Our work includes discussing drills that can be run at trainings and illustrating them for players through video animation, scouting opponents, and producing video analysis from footage of scrimmages and games.

We are looking to work closely with a handful of teams in the near future – if you want your team to get ahead of the curve as strategy evolves, visit hiveultimate.com.

But what does this evolution mean for the youtube channel? We have a number of projects already beginning to be released from a number of different content creators – including Rhino v PoNY analysis, and the Offensive Mistakes series. There is also a book written by Florian and Marie Gailliegue called Ultimate in Motion: Dynamism and balance – which is currently available for $25 tier patrons.

Starting this month, I’ll be turning the focus of the monthly $8 tier training videos from offence to defence. We’ll be looking at ways you can train your players to be aware, communicative, and work as a dynamic team unit on the field, with the usual animations and critical points for focus.

If you are interested in getting involved in content creation, and sharing your ideas about ultimate with the world, check the About Us section of our website to see how we can help your ideas become a reality. If your talents lie in the more technical side of video production, we’re able to link you in to exciting projects where the final product will be watched by thousands and make a real difference to the sport we love.

We’re determined to bring the ultimate community high quality content, and that takes time and energy. We’ve come this far thanks to the generosity of felixultimate patrons, and now we’re going to offer more content than ever before. With your support moving forwards, we can give the creators, producers, and coaches the compensation they deserve for their time.

In return for your pledge you get access to all our video analysis, training videos such as Felix’s Hex and Flex drills, a forum on discord to chat to other patrons and coaches, and either a free disc or the Ultimate in Motion book depending on your level of support.

I appreciate all the support I’ve received since the USA v Japan turnover analysis video. In recent years I’ve been hearing more and more about teams having success introducing new strategies in their teams, so we hope you’ll join us as ultimate evolves, and the hive evolves with it.

Patreon / Discord: https://patreon.com/hiveultimate
Website: https://hiveultimate.com
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YouTube: https://youtube.com/c/felixultimate

Yina Cartagena talks BENT, Revo Pro and Becoming a World Class Player

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Yina Cartagena has been a stalwart member of Revolution Ultimate for over a decade. She has been a part of a Revolution side that have won the 11 consecutive national titles, the US Open in 2017, and the inaugural PUL championship in 2019. She has also represented Colombia numerous times, being a key part of Colombia’s strong 2017 World Games team, and lead in stats by far in the Colombian Women’s team that reached the 2016 WUGC final.

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Hexagon Offence Talkthrough

Felix introduces Hex from scratch in this 35min video for $1+ patrons – where hex came from, why teams are playing it, how it differs from stack, where it’s going, and how it fits into the landscape of modern ultimate frisbee strategy. This video serves as an “academic base” to help players learning hex to gain a fuller understanding and get on the same page as each other. Originally recorded in 2019, remastered for 2021.

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How to Play Ultimate

How to Play Ultimate – by @ultimatekeira

Flexagon Defence – Full Series: What is Flex, Switching, Surrounding, Communication

Full compilation of Flex videos, remastered with no breaks or adverts into a 31 minute crash course perfect for sharing with your teammates*.
This video introduces all the concepts of Flex, how they fit into the framework/spectrum of defensive strategy, and illustrates their effectiveness through animations and video examples. Flexagon Defence is a hybrid defence, combining switching marks and surrounding stacks (without poaching), and using teamwork skills, communication, and field awareness. Watch full video.

To train your players to apply switching and surrounding principles, and to be communicative and aware on the field, check out the $8 Training Tier videos for tried-and-tested drills – a new drill video is added every month: https://hiveultimate.com/how-to-play-flexagon-defence/#flex-training-videos

How to Layout

How to Layout – by @ultimatekeira

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How to Train Flex: Conical Switching Drill

Training video for $8 Tier patrons – a drill which trains defenders’ ability to switch or stick as appropriate, specifically in a width-restricted throwing channel.

SKILLS:
– switching basics
– defensive awareness & communication – gesticulation, voice, eye contact
– reaction to offensive movement

Watch full video ($8 patrons)

NHexGen – We catch up with Valerio Iani as he brings Hex to Italy

Nestled in the hills of Rome, a new approach is exercised in a mission to challenge CUSB.

You might remember Valerio from his Ultiworld article that argues for revolutionising your training habits and introducing hex philosophy to your team. Before a recent move to Italy, Valerio coached OAK, a team for Middle and High School Boys in Oakland, California – placing 10th at YCCs in 2019. I caught up with him and asked him about the recent camp dubbed NHexGen.

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How to Introduce Hex Offence

Travis Myburgh, Felix Shardlow, and Jason Thompson talk about ways of introducing Hex Offence with your team – conveying the basics, running dedicated training session(s), or simply calling it on the line before receiving the pull. This covers whether you want to give it a shot during pickup, introduce it to a team to be added to their offences, or dive straight in and design a full season of hex training. An extended version of this video is available here for patrons.

How to Train Flex: Trent’s Drill

New training tier patron-only video; a simple drill which develops defender’s basic surrounding skills, awareness, communication, and reactions to offensive movements.