drills for ultimate

Effective Coaching of Drills

As an intermediate player I used to wonder why our captains and coaches insist on running the same drills over and over again. Frankly, I found it boring! I assumed drills, like warming up and stretching, was a waste of time. I used to be all about the scrimmage at the end of the training session. I slacked off during drills, didn’t really focus on what I was doing. To me, then it was about doing enough reps before the captain/coach let me play ‘actual’ Ultimate.

Deposits in the Bank

Former Australian cricketer, Adam Gilchrist, hits the nail on the head in his biography ‘True Colours: My Life’.

Gilly explains beautifully about how pushing yourself in training and in practice games is akin to making ‘deposits in the bank’. He cites the example of how they once chased down 315 runs (a big score then!) He says that it was a very useful ‘memory’ to be stored away in preparation for a world cup because if they ever found themselves chasing a challenging score in the world cup, they wouldn’t be lost. They would know what exactly to do because they have been in that situation before. The confidence that they could draw from it was immense.

3 Person Weave – Drill of the Week

The 3 person weave drill is great for faking, handler movement, cutting to open space, resetting and seeing the field. The progression is as follows:

  • 3 handlers line up horizontally
  • 2 cuts up the line, 3 moves in, 1 fakes the pass to 2
  • 1 passes to 3, 2 cuts across the field
  • 3 passes to 2, 1 slides up the field
  • 3 Handlers are back in horizontal
  • Repeat the pattern: 3 cuts up the line, 1 moves in, 2 fakes the pass to 3
  • 2 passes to 1, 3 cuts across the field