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.

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

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).

Interview with Noah Brinkworth

Valerio Iani from the Italian Federation conducted an interview with Hive’s very own Noah Brinkworth yesterday, where they discussed Hexagon Offence and Flexagon Defence! We’ve picked out a few choice moments linked below, or you can check out the full 50 minute interview:

Starts 6:26
11:30
Do you think hex and flex could help teams beat the USA?
15:00 What are hex and flex?
20:47 3 good reasons to play hex
25:06 CUSB La Fotta’s 2019 defence / offence
26:50 Elite Ultimate already plays those principles – hex is nothing new
30:26 What does typical hex offence look like?
32:18 Hex is just good for development, not high level performance?
35:28 Fewer passes = better offence? 95% completion argument
47:04 Dribbling
52:36 How do you defend against hex?

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.

Analysis: XEUCF 2021 Open Final (Part 3)

Felix dives into point-by-point analysis of part 3 of the European Men’s Club Final 2021 between CUSB La Fotta and Clapham Ultimate.

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The Throw That Australian Ultimate Will Remember Forever: The Hammer

At the 2012 World Ultimate Championships, Australia faced USA in a match which would be forever remembered in Australian Ultimate because of one throw in universe point. Gus Macdonald interviews the players and coaches in the game, including those involved in that throw – simply referred to in Australia as: The Hammer.

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