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).

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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Italy Hex/Flex Workshop (12-13 Feb ’22)

Report by Felix Shardlow

Last weekend I was invited to Bologna, Italy, by the Italian Flying Disc Federation (FIFD) to be the guest international coach at their Level 3 coaching course, working alongside FIFD coaching development program instructors Davide Morri and Valerio Iani. We worked with 20 of the top coaches in the country, with classroom theory and practical sessions.

The FIFD also scheduled the U17 and U20 Italia trials to be on the Sunday, allotting 1.5 hours for me to work with each group of 120 players. In between these sessions they scheduled an extra 4 hour workshop for 40 senior players and coaches. In total, over the weekend, I worked with ~320 players/coaches, and it was hex/flex all the way. 

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