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Team Culture

Program Governance - The Difference Between Champions and Dynasties

Ultimate is still a young sport, but it has already seen several dynastic programs - at the club level, the Condors, Lady Godiva, NYNY, DoG, Fury, and Revolver to name a few. What separates these programs from those teams that win once or twice, yet don’t endure, consistently, at the top of the sport? Program Governance is a set of leadership capabilities, processes, and tools that, when combined with great Ultimate talent, supports development of true dynasties - programs that continue to win even as the players on any given instance of that Program’s team change.

Mike Payne

Mike has been organizing, playing, and coaching Ultimate for 25 years. He was on the Board of USA Ultimate for 12 years, and served as Board President for 7 years. He was part of the start-up of Ultimate Peace between 2005 and 2009. He was a player and Captain for Stanford University, Jam, and Revolver, winning Club Nationals and WUCC in 2010. As a Coach, Mike helped Stanford win the 2002 National Championship, and served as Revolver's Coach from 2013-2018, winning three National titles (2013, 2015, and 2017) and two World titles (2014, and 2018). In 2018 Mike traveled to Singapore to lead a week-long camp to that country's top men's and women's teams, seeking to up-level their place in International Ultimate.

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Next up: Chrissy Lind-Hunter

Mapping Spirit of the Game across cultures: What does Joy of the Game mean?

Positivity can be an integral piece to coaching, captaining, and leading. This talk shares evidence-based research and years of personal experience on how to help develop and/or continue a successful group environment based on trust and encouragement.

Chrissy Lind-Hunter

Chrissy Lind-Hunter is the current Spirit Captain of Black Widows (US Open Spirit Winners 2018), a national team coach for Malaysia (Asst Coach U24 Worlds in Perth 2018), a prior Worlds player with Team GB (Womens Masters & Mixed 2015-2018) and a recently initiated member of the WFDF SOTG Committee. She has spoken to the Global Spirit Circle panel hosted by the Asia-Oceanic All-Stars at WUCC 2018, and the Gender & Diversity panel at the US Open with particular focus on culture mapping, what joy of the game looks like in different countries, and sharing about the impacts of youth and student empowerment. In her non-frisbee time, she is an Education Consultant, co-founder and mentor of a youth environmental change-makers programme 'GreenSmiths' and sings at friend's weddings to avoid having to buy from the giftlist.

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Next up: Kristin Franke

Creating a culture and Systems for Feedback

Kristin Franke

Kristin Franke has been playing ultimate since finding a pickup game at Valparaiso University in 2004, and helping captain their first team “Something of Fury." At their first tournament, the opposing team had to teach them rules, since no one on the team had formal experience. She played for Hong Kong Junk from 2007-2012, including playing at WUCC 2010 and WUGC 2012. She played for DC Scandal from 2013-2018, including captaining for 2 years. While attending seminary, she coached Princeton University women's team from 2013-2016.

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Next up: Cate Roscoe

Throwing Skills

Throwing the Forehand

This talk is based on my forehand coaching technique for beginning players. It establishes a lesson plan with drills, theory, and instructional footage, breaking down each component and giving cueing and adjustments (which can be helpful for all levels of forehand development).

Cate Roscoe

Cate first learned to play in 1990, and this year is her 23rd season playing on a nationally ranked team. She has helped Team USA and iRot win world championships in the women's masters divisions in 2012 and 2018. She has established and coached in the youth ultimate program in Tacoma.

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Next up: Melissa Witmer

Flexible Throwing Activities for Players of All Skill Levels

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: Ella Hansen

Team Tactics

Reaching the Youth: Coaching Middle School

Ella Hansen

Ella Hansen has played ultimate for over ten years, and been coaching for six. She has worked with youth of all ages, mostly with middle schoolers, including Seattle Youth Ultimate Camp, Team Ultimate Camp (Seattle) and Eugene Middle School Ultimate Camp (Eugene, OR). She is in her 5th year studying Interactive Design at the University of Oregon and playing for Oregon Fugue.

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Next up: Felix Shardlow

Beyond Stacking: Hexagon Offence

After seeing this presentation you will understand the key elements of Hexagon Offence - movement, shape, and balance - and how to train these elements with your team. You will learn how hex is an entirely fresh approach to offence in ultimate, and why you would want your players to learn it. You will also gain an understanding of the underlying values of stack offences, and reasons why they are currently widespread.

Felix Shardlow

Felix has 18 years of playing experience and almost as many coaching. He has played and coached at every level of the game, from university to international, and is the creator of innovative offensive and defensive strategies Mex and Flex. You can read more from him at felixultimate.com.

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Next up: Keith Raynor

To Be Announced...

Keith Raynor

Keith has been playing ultimate for over 17 years, in addition to coaching for 9 years at the college, club, and Professional level. Beginning his career at Paideia, Keith played at American University and club in DC and Atlanta. He currently coaches UConn Rise women's ultimate, and is also a Senior Editor and the Women's Coverage Coordinator at Ultiworld.com.

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Next Up: John McNaughton

John McNaughton

John started playing Ultimate in 2000. He played for Australian U-19 and U-23 teams, competed at WUCC 2006 and 2010, and played Nationals in Colombia (Kie 2010) and the USA (Whagonweel 2010, Ring of Fire 2012). He has captained Firestorm, from Brisbane, Queensland, since 2007, and has player-coached for that team and many others. On the field, he tends to play as an aggressive handler or initiating cutter, and never looks off a break scoober. 

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Next Up: Ren Caldwell

Ren Caldwell

Ren opened the world's first strength and conditioning facility dedicated to the sport of ultimate!  She is proud to be focus her efforts on developing youth athletes and helping people come back from injuries. Ren is also currently obsessed with Krav Maga!

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Bryan Jones

Bryan Jones is the co-coach of New York PoNY and head coach of UConn Grind. Among Bryan's achievements are winning a club championship with PoNY, being selected to coach USA Men's WCBU team in 2017, and commentating various world championships.

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