Attached are a couple of documents that really help teach the rules to your players. One of them is a flowchart created by some clever Canadians, and the other is a great reference guide for fouls and violations put together by Jon Ogrodnik who is currently coaching at Metea Valley High School.
Planning practices can be quick and easy if you have a good format to follow. After attending the USA Ultimate Coaching Clinics, I decided to pool all the resources and put together a practice format that incorporates all of the suggested components of a good practice. I posted a Ultimate Practice Overview in the Archives section on this page for anyone looking for some practice ideas. This has an overview of how a practice would work using the template, a list of possible practice themes, an example warmup card you could use for pre-game and pre-practice warmups, and examples of my first three basic practices to illustrate how I use the template and tailor it for each practice. Of course many adjustments are made in timing and activities during practice, but it is good to come in with a plan to help make your practices successful.
Also in the Ultimate Practice Overview is a list of drills, some basic formations and plays, and some useful websites to find more.
Dialing in the "D" is going to help you hurt me! Your team is going to play better defense and make mine work harder. Playing better defense individually is going to help you develop a "team D". Young players do NOT always have an instinctive way of tracking the OFFENSIVE PLAYER or keeping an eye on the THROWER. So we have to teach them. This practice is fairly simple but the dividends are big. Good luck! Lynne
Last week, we had our field house for 1.5 hours, we had a great practice that focused on FOREHAND throws. New players are SOOO tentative in throwing a forehand in a scrimmage. Veterans are rusty.
So I put together a practice that got us WARMED UP, insured LOTS of REPS, had a Quick small group application, and then allowed lots of time for Scrimmage!
You can build a lot into this practice - adding cutting drills, talking about where the stack should be, how to play "d", dump/swing, etc.
Hope you have fun with this! Feel free to post comments on what worked or didn't work for you!