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Get access to downloadable content each day of the this year's conference, in addition to our Library of nearly 100 talks covering all aspects of coaching and playing. You will also get a chance to work through how to apply new concepts to your team, as well as access to UAP Certification, and evolving new content.

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Monday: Program Culture

Principles of the Godiva Dynasty: How To Control What You Can Control

Dominique says: "One will be able to understand how much a team and a player is actually able to control on the ultimate field. You should listen because by adopting some of these principles, you can create more successful outcomes and actually increase the chances that 'luck' falls your way."

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Dominique Fontenette

I'm proud of having represented the US in two IOC World Games and having been inducted into the Ultimate Hall of Fame. Fun fact about myself is that I only recently started playing ultimate in cleats. Before that, I wore turf shoes in all conditions and jokingly called them "my shred slippers."

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Next up: Bekah Coenen

Building and Maintaining a D-III Program

Get ideas for overcoming the challenges of coaching or leading a D-III team and maintaining momentum from year to year.

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Bekah Coenen

Bekah played in three College Championships while at the University of Iowa (2011-2013) and now coaches the Drake University Women's team in Des Moines. She writes fiction and has completed two years of National Novel Writing Month.

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Next Up: Ren Caldwell & Bert Abbott

Tuesday: Athletic Performance

How to Make Ultimate Training Accessible

In this talk, Ren and Bert discuss accessibility considerations in ultimate training. They deep-dive into several areas:
* What makes a space "safe?"
* How to use descriptive language to increase accessibility
* Ideas around types of programming and expertise
* Resources needed in training


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Ren Caldwell and Bert Abbott (Strive & Uplift)

Ren Caldwell, NSCA CSCS, FMS is the owner and head coach at Strive & Uplift. As a gym owner and coach in Seattle, she's passionate about helping athletes reach their full potential through supportive resources provided online and in-person.

Bert Abbott, NSCA CSCS, NSPA CSAC, USAW SPC, is a strength and conditioning coach with Strive & Uplift out of Boulder, CO. As a coach, she’s particularly invested in making ultimate training accessible to teams and individuals of all levels and backgrounds!

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Next up: Melissa Witmer

10 Minute Conditioning Modules You Can Use at Practice

What we will cover:
* Why you may or may not want to use fitness modules at practice
* A general format for conditioning modules
* Three examples of 10 minute modules
* Practice considerations (set up and working with various numbers)
* How to progress your modules


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Melissa Witmer

Melissa is the founder of Ulty Results and the creator of The Ultimate Athlete Project. She is on a quest to play ultimate or do a clinic in every WFDF member country by the end of 2025.

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Next up: Frank Nam

Wednesday: Team Culture + Season Planning

Go Together - Designing Your Season with an Equity Framework

After this presentation, you will become acquainted with a framework that can help you to create more equity in your season/team. Most teams don't design for equity but it's doable and creates a better team for all. This framework will be useful insofar as much your analysis takes into a wide range of viewpoints and feedback.

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Frank Nam

I picked up ultimate in the late '80s and started coaching in 2005. Some highlights of my career have been helping found Southend Ultimate Program, coaching Franklin HS Boys to 4 consecutive WA State championships, 2 trips to Club Nationals with Seattle Underground, and coaching South Korea's National Team in 2015 and again for WUGC 2020.

I recommend you check out "The Uneven Playing Field with Howard Bryant."

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Next up: Victor Maielo

Teaching Ultimate to Kids and Teenagers

You will learn the basics of motor and cognitive development for children, some of the current methodologies used in sports pedagogy, and then how to apply it all to your own reality. You should be able to get some ideas from the stories I share from my own experience in classes, teaching ultimate to both kids who have no idea what it is and who are already in love with the sport.

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Victor Pignotti Maielo

I have been teaching elementary and middle school PE for over eight years. I've coached high school teams and club teams for about five years. I co-wrote a soon to be published handout for PE teachers looking to teach ultimate at their schools.

Check out Podcatch BR, a podcast I record with a friend of mine to share ultimate knowledge in Portuguese. 

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Next up: Max Halden

Thursday: Mental Toughness + Spirit of the Game

Let's Win Spirit: Practical Tips to Make Spirit Work for Your Team

Training hard, winning, and good spirit are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they are mutually reinforcing. This talk and discussion will give you practical ways to embed spirit coaching into your season and empower your team, at any level, to get great results on the scoreboard and on the spirit sheet.

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Max Halden

Hey I'm Max. I'm currently the assistant coach of the Australian Mixed team (nicknamed the Barramundis) heading to Worlds in The Netherlands this year. I've previously coached the U24 Mixed team (nicknamed the Bluebottles), including as an assistant in 2015 when we won a Silver medal. My mixed club, Friskee ,(our name is silly enough to not need a nickname) is 3x Australian National Champs and I once threw a frisbee on Bondi Beach with Disclosure in 40km/h winds.

I'm also the editor of InsideOut Ultimate!

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Next up: Guylaine Girard

3 Coaching Steps to Mentally Train Your Players to Perform at Their Peak on a Universe Point

After this presentation, you will know how to prepare your team to deal with stress and pressure in your biggest games of the season. You will also find out how to refocus your players when things don’t go as expected and quickly bring your team back in the game.

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Guylaine Girard

My name is Guylaine, and I believe that sport is an extraordinary tool for developing human potential. I hold a bachelor’s degree in high-level coaching, a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Certification, as well as a Level 4 (international level) NCCP certification. I have coached athletes for 25 years and I was the head coach of the AUDL’s Montreal Royal in 2016. In 2012, I founded the Montreal Women’s Competitive Ultimate Program, which helped teams communicate, learn from each other, and empowered many women to become better leaders, captains, and coaches. In 2013, I joined Vintage’s leadership team and, by teaching mental training, I helped my teammates win the gold medal at the 2014 World Championships in Italy. As a mental coach, in 2019, I worked with Team Canada’s U24 Women, Iris, and the Montreal Royal.

Check out my free ebook!

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Next up: Patrick Sherlock

Friday: Tactics and Strategy + Skills

Shared Success & Zone Defense

Stop standing on the wing or running in the cup every point - giving teammates more diverse and dynamic roles, in mixed especially, leads to more successful team defense.

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Patrick Sherlock

I've coached Philadelphia AMP in the club mixed division for six years, the University of Pennsylvania's Venus women's team in the college division across five seasons, and I'm a specialist in creating superstitions concerning how the clothing I wear affects tournament outcomes.

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Next up: Corné Badenhorst

David vs Goliath

This presentation details how to amplify your team’s strengths while containing the opponent’s.

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Corné Badenhorst

As a coach, I've worked with six South African national teams (WUGC/WU24) and one WUCC team (UCT). Two time men's division South African champion. Two time CTFDA male player of the year.

I'm playing on the South African Mixed National Team heading to WUGC in July, check them out here!

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Next up: Vault Video

Voted Vault Video from the Coaching & Game IQ Library: Attacking as a Handler: How to Do it, How to Stop it, and How to Counter

In this presentation, you will learn about up-line cuts, give-go moves, handler switches, and how to counter them all. Leave with a better understanding of how to attack as an offensive handler, how to counter give-go moves on defence with switches, and how to counter switches on offence with intelligent movement.

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Jonathan Nethercutt

Jonathan began his competitive ultimate career in 2010 when he joined Darkside, the men's ultimate team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He would go on to captain the UNC team for two years, with his time there eventually culminating in a national title in 2015 along with the Callahan trophy. He has continued his playing career post-college competing with Ring of Fire in the USA Ultimate club series, the Raleigh Flyers in the AUDL, and two U.S. national teams. In addition to playing, Jonathan has coached for almost the exact same amount of time. He has experience coaching teams from middle school all the way through college. He has coached North Carolina's Triangle area YCC team to six national semifinal appearances and three titles. Additionally, as a coach he has helped lead UNC to their fifth straight national semifinal appearance and second national title in 2018.

This is our featured vault video, picked by the audience. This talk was first presented in 2019 and can be found in our "On-pitch Skills" category in the Coaching and Game IQ library.

 

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