Drills

Welcome to the drills page. This section will illustrate a set of drills your team can use to practice specific techniques that are vital to being a complete Ultimate player.  Click any of these plays below to learn how to use them for your team.

Box Drill Straight Up – Break Force

The Box Drill

The box drill is a very simple drill that focuses on cutting, throwing and timing.  The basic setup is with 4 cones creating a box and one cone in the centre.  The width/height of the box is up to your team, but it should take up around 1/2 to 3/4 of the width of a field, or the right length for a standard cut.

The setup:

  1. Setup 4 cones as a box with 1 cone in the centre.
  2. The box should be around 1/3 to 1/2 the width of a field.  Increasing length with skill level.
  3. Place a stack of discs on each corner cone.
  4. Lineup players behind each corner evenly.
  5. You should have at least 3 players per corner, so 12 players in total.  Otherwise it there may be a lot of stoppage with this drill.
  6. One player from each corner picks up a disc (the thrower)
  7. Player in front of the line from each cone cuts to the center as hard as possible.
  8. The thrower should lead the cutter and ideally release the disc right when the player has cut from the centre.
  9. The thrower becomes the next cutter, and the receiver moves to the back of the line and drops the disc into the corner stack.
  10. Repeat.  Have each player throw and cut at least 10 times or more.

The animation below illustrates two sequences of the drill.  This only includes 2 players per corner for illustration purposes, but in reality you should have 3+ players per corner.

As you can see, this is a very simple drill but it is not easy to perfect.  Timing the throws will translate well to learning how to read your cutters during game time.  Of course, this illustration shows 4 cutters in perfect unison :), and this would not be the case for any team.  In reality, one or two corners will accumulate more players as the play keeps running.  So, it should  be a general goal of the entire team to keep the numbers balanced on each side.  This includes keeping the cuts timed as closed as possible, and holding off until missed throws and falling players are back in order.

Key Points:

  1. Run this drill at a fast pace.
  2. Leading the cutter is one of the main focuses of the drill.
  3. Cutters should be very aggressive with each cut.
  4. The cutters do not have to cut at exactly the same time.  They should cut at a time that keeps the numbers balanced.

Advanced:

  1. Add a marker to each thrower.  Marker can become the next cutter.
  2. Do not stop the drill until 10 consecutive passes have been completed.
  3. Only count a completed pass as one that is caught near the next corner cone.  You do not want the receiver catching the disc near the center cone.
  4. Force the thrower to only throw on their week side.  This could be an IO flick or just a plain old backhand.
  5. Add a designated defensive player to each cutter.

Straight Up – Break Force Drill

The straight up – break force drill is a great drill because it improves your cutting, throwing, and marking.  It’s a very easy drill to setup, two line of players face each other with one defense straight up marker on each.   One player starts it off by cutting towards a cone, and then back to the other line where the first player in line has to break the force.  The player that just throwed then repeats the cut on the other side. View the flash illustration below to get an idea of how it works.

As you can see, it’s a very easy drill to setup but it’s not a very easy drill for throwers as you must break the force. In general, lane cutters will have a harder time throwing, and handlers will have a harder time catching break force throws.

Key Points:
1.  The force must put a lot of pressure on the thrower to make this an useful drill.
2.  The thrower should do a fake while the receiving player is cutting.
3.  The thrower should time the throw once the receiving player cuts in.
4.  There should be a stack of discs next to each marker so a dropped pass doesn’t stop the flow.

Lastly, you can make alternate versions of this drill, here are a few examples:

  • Marker forces one way.
  • Marker becomes the next cutter and thrower becomes the next marker.
  • Add designated defence markers who follow the cutter.  This is better for experienced teams.
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