Travis Norsen – Keepaway

Traditional scripted drills don’t involve much decision-making and hence don’t give players much of an opportunity to learn, through creative trial-and-error, game-realistic ways to pivot, throw, find space, create space, and attack space.  Keepaway is the simple, obvious, and most effective way to work on these things in a fun and intense way. Full content available to Training Tier patrons.

Travis Norsen’s Games with Modifications / Conditions

In this patron-only training article, Travis explains the two different types of game modifications or constrictions which can be applied during scrimmages, which he prefers, and provides a number of examples of modifications he has found to work well with a youth team training hex-style. Training Tier patrons can view the article here.

Flags

Flags is a great game for 2-5 players of any level to work on throwing/catching and a few other skills, with initial similarities to ‘piggy in the middle’. Offence pass the disc around, aiming to pass over a line marked out by ‘flags’ (or cones, or water bottles), whilst a defender tries to intercept. This 15 minute Training Tier video explains the rules in full, features footage of the game being played semi-competitively, and has Felix explaining the game to a group of 20 players of mixed ability who then try it out.
Full video available to Training Tier patrons on Patreon.

Travis Norsen’s Diamond Throwing Exercise

Travis Norsen talks through this bread-and-butter, everyday-at-the-beginning-of-practice, exercise that allows players to practice throws in somewhat more game-realistic ways compared to traditional partnered throwing. Full post available for Training Tier patrons.

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…

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)

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).

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).

Training Hex: Dribble Dominator Drill

This drill (available to Training Tier patrons) challenges players to level-up their dribbling game, and trains how to support an active dribbler. One player, being marked by multiple defenders, dribbles between several teammates, who bounce the disc back to them until a turnover or a stall out (4s). Watch the full video here.

Training Hex: Disc Footwork Ladder Exercise

This exercise (available to Training Tier patrons) trains players footwork, coordination, and balance control. Mastery of this exercise ensures players fluency with the disc – being extremely comfortable with short passes in small spaces, maintaining good pivot discipline and balance control, and being able to quickly utilise space near the disc to begin building an attack. Watch video in full.