Cotarica’s Flow vs Zone

Cotarica Grandes use excellent throw’n’go technique, movement and spacing to exploit weaknesses in Sieben Schwaben’s loose zone defence at Vienna Spring Break in 2022. Felix analyses what they did so well.

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Should ultimate be in the Olympics?

WFDF have been pursuing the Olympics for years now, targeting the 2028 LA games, but is joining the Olympics a good move for ultimate? As others have pointed out, joining the Olympics is only possible if we brush some of ultimate’s key values under the rug. But perhaps that trade-off is worth it, for the vindication of finally being at the big boys table, to show off our sport to the world and to provide once in a lifetime experiences to the athletes talented enough to represent their nations at the games.

The Olympics are an organisation that causes great harm. Kurt Streeter’s New York Times article highlights the major problems with how the games currently operate, most notably the sportswashing that takes place when authoritarian nations are hosts, the environmental impacts, the labour abuse and displacement of marginalised communities where the Olympics are held, and the silencing of athlete protests.

If ultimate became an Olympic sport, we would aid in the IOC’s effort to modernise the games and play a small part in fixing their problem with engaging a younger audience. Joining the Olympics would send a signal to people who may be interested in playing ultimate that we are willing to associate ourselves with, and contribute to, the harm that the Olympics causes.

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Modified End Zone Drill

This modified version of the classic end zone drill incorporates two extra passes which encourage throw’n’go moves and hitting return passes / give-go moves, adding more flow to the offence when this drill is used as a pre-match warmup, and practicing moving the disc off the sideline with a lateral give-go move. Available for Training Tier Patrons. Watch video…

Colombia World Games squad – Felix’s Team Talk

Felix gave the Colombian World Games squad a team talk at TEP before they played a (relatively easy) match, and we filmed it! The talk is translated from English to Spanish in-person by Símon Ramirez – the talk lasted 17 mins in total, but shortened versions with the English/Spanish parts cut out are available in the Patreon post.


After this team talk, they ran Hive’s Up-Line Flow Drill, and then played their match with Felix actively coaching from the sideline & filming with a GoPro headcam. Full footage of the drill & match is linked on the Patreon post. Read more (training tier patron content)…

Addressing the Observer Problem…

Noah takes a look at the recent controversies with observer decisions, and asks whether we should be making more use of technology when it is at our disposal to integrate video replays into the on-field decision process.

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Analysis: XEUCF 2021 Open Final (Part 4) – Ending & Conclusions

Felix concludes his play-by-play analysis of the European Men’s Club Final 2021 between CUSB La Fotta and Clapham Ultimate, and summarises his thoughts on the state of the top level of European Ultimate.

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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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