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.
Many of you are familiar with the vertical, horizontal and spread offence but not many of you have heard about the Mexican Offence. It’s relatively new and was developed by Felix Shardlow from Brighton Ultimate in 2012. It’s not for every team but depending on the types of players you have, this might be a good system for your team to incorporate. Here is a video showing the Mexican offence in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j01Py8Jl6N8 and more can be found on the Hexagon Ultimate YouTube channel.
Receiving a pull is an area in which a team should be extremely proficient, as it is an event that occurs hundreds of times over a season. It is a mistake to not take advantage of these moments in which the defense is not entirely set. The ideal situation occurs when the offense initiates play from the brick and scores a seemingly effortless, or uncontested, goal.
This week’s play of the week from Playspedia is called Storm. This play, used on a brick pull, is really simple yet I feel that it would be quite effective. Since the cutter is striking deep on the break side, the defender will keep an eye on them but will probably play off a bit. When the deep strike suddenly cuts to the open side, deep, I could imagine that it would catch many defenders off guard. I think it’s worth trying but would probably only work once per game unless you’re playing a team who doesn’t pay attention.
- Set up from brick mark
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
A huge benefit to the ultimate community being global is that we have the collaboration of coaches and players who contribute drills and plays to help other teams work on their skills.
One of the best sites for creating plays and drills (and seeing other people’s creations) is Playspedia. Every week I will add a play or drill of the week and link them below. If you have a drill or play that you think is worthy of being mentioned, contact me.
04/08/2013: 3 Person Weave – Drill of the Week
04/17/2013: Frozen Squirrel – Play of the Week