Month: <span>November 2012</span>


Training Feedback form

Hi all,

Here is a quick feedback form regarding training for this last term and next. Please fill it out as soon as you can so we can plan next term’s sessions 🙂

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Indoor Training on Friday!

Hey all,

Quick addition to Pete’s update: tomorrow from 2-4pm is an indoor training session, open to everyone in the club.

Everyone in the club with clean, non-marking shoes, that is – make sure you bring these, and haven’t just walked across the mud outside the sports centre in them!

It’s at the Sports Centre, next to outdoor training and we’re in the big hall. Make sure you bring a white/red shirt and a black/dark shirt, and some water – it gets pretty toasty in there.

See you tomorrow!



Kit Ordering, Nationals + Other Fun!

Hey Hawks, your friendly neighbourhood Prossident here!

So you can totally order kit now which is really exciting, and the fact we are sponsored by 5 ultimate now means that it is ultra-cheap!

You can find all the details here:

A few important details include

1. You MUST order full kit if you are a beginner this year (red, black and white shorts)

2. Ordering and Paying deadline is the 12th December – unless you pay, you WILL NOT get kit.

Secondly, a belated congratulations to Mo1 for coming 4th at Nationals, and to Mo2 for showing that they are just as strong as a lot of first teams and coming 14th at Div2 Nationals!

Good luck to all the Squaws going to Nationals in Cardiff this weekend!

See you all soon!

Prossie x

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UWIN Homework: Part 3

Handler Weave: See it in action!

So, turns out that nitty gritty details take a lot of words. The details of what throw to block when, the specific patterns they will be running are less important than discipline and pressure. If you remember anything, remember those.

Because the detail post is so detailed, I thought it’d be better to put up the footage and some comments on that first.

The main things to watch for are what the Skunks D players get right and wrong. Mostly, their pressure is excellent – they’re close the whole time. Where they often go wrong is a lack of discipline – forgetting the force and overcommitting, either as the force or as upfield D players. Also, watch how relentlessly Ro Sham run up the line – expect this from teams playing handler weave.

Final starts @10.49. [times may not match up exactly depending on how well it uploaded – sorry if they’re a little out…]

People to watch out for from Ro Sham Bo: #5 Linda (dark skirt), #8 Georgie (dark shorts), #1 Jools (turquoise skirt). You’ll see these three running the handler weave most of the time.

People to watch out for from Skunks: Em Rees #3 (white skirt), mostly marking Jools. Lou Kittow, #18, playing a lot of handler defence too.

11.20 is your first look at the 2-1-2 handler set up. Jools in the bright blue skirt is the ‘1’ – she’s right in the middle of the pitch like god, with lots of space. Brigid (pink skirt) and Georgie (shorts) are the first ‘2’ – and together they form a triangle.

Here you’ll see them go for the ‘first look’ of the iso throw to Jools (Skunks are forcing to the right of the screen – Georgie is attempting to get the disc to Jools’ left). You can see why few teams still use this start to the play – iso or god throws are high risk throws. If I had to guess at anyone using this, I’d guess Ro Sham (who Squaws 1 may face in pre-quarters if we both hold seed) might open with this look. Fling (who are in our pool) are likely to go straight for the running version.

11.30  – This is our next look at the Ro Sham offence and they’re running. What Skunks do well here is both apply pressure and be very disciplined (note: they are now forcing to the left of the screen). Em (white skirt, on force) doesn’t let the disc swing off the sideline (where Georgie is running), and Lou refuses to get beaten under by Linda and is rewarded with a “run through” D (although she’s never really behind Linda). Most importantly, everyone is remembering the force.

[Note on the Skunks offence here – they are CLINICAL. No jabby jabby straight at the endzone – the disc comes off the line, and move again before the window is wide enough for the score to be thrown.]

11.50. New Ro Sham offence. The running version. Georgie (one of the 2) goes up the line, looking for the disc, then is forced back to the break side. What Skunks do well here is that they’re close (pressure!) and the force isn’t easily breakable. What the marker on Georgie does wrong is over commit to that break side run – and gets beaten back to the open side as a result. Don’t get broken; stay open side. This is one of the trickiest bits of playing D against this offence, because every cut is so predictable that you want to D the disc if it gets thrown there. This is where discipline comes in – remember that force and force yourself to trust it.

Again, after the disc moves to Georgie, watch Jools (in her tiny blue skirt) burn it up the line, just about get marked out by Em and then go breakside. The throw to her isn’t perfect – it’s late, and it gives Em a bid. This is probably due to the force hassling Georgie. Again, this is about discipline: give up open side point blocks in this offence and block the hell out of any breaks they try to throw.

After this pass to Jools, you’ll see Skunks lose discipline: Em (after the break going) over commits to the open side on force and is lucky not to get broken. Lou (marking Georgie) overcommits to the break side as a result of this throw looking easier than it should, and gets beaten back openside by Georgie. Again, after this, Lou bites a little too much open side, and lets the break back out to Jools.

However. Although they’ve lost discipline, Em and Lou are doing a pretty good job of being really bloody close every time their person gets the disc – the last three catches have been pretty close. Pressure time. As well as this pressure making the offence a little jittery and forcing a few poor decisions or throws, there’s another element. Handler weave puts a lot of the workload onto relatively few players – offence are going to be tired after a few turnovers, and they’re playing a tough offence for when they’re tired. If you need a boost mid-point, remember that for a second on D.

12.49. Ro Sham are full on selling out into this offence – you can see not the usual 2, but 3 of their players legging it to the endzone to leave Jools and Linda the entire pitch to work up.

Skunks let a break out immediately, Linda continues the break to Jools, forces a great grab. You’ll see Jools make a lot more of these, and while it says a lot about her as a player, it says more about the gradual consistent pressure of Skunks’ D – as the points go on, Ro Sham will force the disc into smaller windows, or throw too far out in front to get the disc away from the pressure of the Skunks D.

[13.20 – Nice toe in by Jools.]

13.37 – the camera fades in as Jools fakes the swing pass to Linda, which Em has done a good job  of taking away at the force, and the upfield D player has done a good job of being reasonably tight on. Whoever is marking Brigid (pink skirt) upfield has lost a little focus, perhaps given themselves not enough of a buffer and let her run at the open side to get the disc (sidenote: I think that’s Anna who now plays for Brighton Women). She also lets that swing off the line go back to Jools, who you’ll notice Em has marked out on the up line cut. You’ll then see Em help out her other upfield D player from getting beaten open side by getting a point block. All coolness of point blocks aside: no open side point blocks. Hold your force.

14.28 – the break sideline is probably the hardest place to play the Ro Sham offence from – your upline cut is now breakside, it’s hard to hit the iso throw and the swing cut is also open side. Icky. Linda’s force makes the error of giving a stuff about the open side and getting broken in a pretty devastating manner. It’s a great throw but that should never be an option. It’s worth also noting that the disc is in the air for a reasonably long time – if the endzone D players are certain they can get a D on it, they should go for it – and until the disc is that close to the endzone, they should be heads up to see if they can help out on discs like this.

[14.55. Whoaaaah. Big hammer.]

14.59. More handler weave – here you can see that they’re back to having 3 handlers, with Linda (#5) in the ‘iso’ or 1 spot. They’re going for the running offence, and Georgie’s mark overbites on that break cut again, and gets beaten open – discipline fail. Having said that they’re playing with 3 handlers, Linda shifts out the way pretty sharpish and is far more inactive than you’d usually expect in this offence.

15.16 – another overbite on force (up the line), after getting beaten to the open side. This lets out the killer break to Linda – it’s overthrown but this is the throw they wait pretty much the whole offence for. Don’t OVERBITE on force!!!

15.35 – Lou gets beaten by a circle cut from Georgie. Em gets beaten up the line by Jools – note that Em gets beaten here because she doesn’t move AS SOON AS JOOLS HAS THROWN. You know where they’re going – up the line. Beat them there.

16.24 – The Skunks D player beats Georgie open side under, but turns her back on Georgie in doing so. This is a BAD THING. In this offence, you’ve gotta be real focused on your man (the disc is useful to watch to a lesser extent), and you need to have your hips and footwork helping you out with this.

17.18 – Skunks get beaten up the line, after a swing to a poached off player. This is naughty. Don’t poach off, and don’t get beaten up the line. Em has a little moment where she sort of forgets the force and lets Jools sneak up the line away from her. This is a pretty important part of defence against the handler weave – no dozing off. You must remain focused, more so than pretty much any other time on defence.

18.23 – Ro Sham are a little bit back into the game – primarily because the Skunks D players are looking tired – where previously they’ve been close if beaten they’re now just beaten. They’ve had a lapse in pressure, and the other side effect of getting tired is often a lapse in discipline – you forget the force, you overbite on cuts when you should be shadowing. Ro Sham are still turning over though, because this is a high risk offence, and it is tiring for them as well.

The next point though (8-7) and Skunks are back on it – they’re real close, and there’s a lot more pressure at the point of the force, which leads to mounting pressure – Ro Sham don’t turn over on a swing, but they’re worn down by that pressure, and the lack of free passes.

Skunks get a little looser again on the D – and Ro sham work it up the pitch up the line and into the endzone. 8-8.

[Now watch the exciting conclusion!!!]

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UWIN Homework: Part 2

Handler Weave: How do we beat it?

First up, a quick point on tactics – FM vs. One Way.

Force middle is often suggested as an option against this offence, but I tend to dislike this as an option. When playing D against handler weave, you want to be able to predict where they’re going, and whether you need to beat them there (because it’s the open side) or if you just need to track them closely (because it’s the break side). FM switches the force too often for you to be able to fully ‘sell out’ to either direction of forcing, reducing your ability as an upfield player to know where to run hard to and where to just shadow your person to.

Having said that – if other stuff ain’t working, try it. If your one way force is sucking, something else might work better. Equally, there is nothing wrong with switching force mid-point (but staying one way), if they’re picking up a turnover on a sideline. This offence runs smoother when the up line cut is to the open side, so forcing them OFF the line that they’re on (and back into the pitch) is a very good idea. Make sure this is communicated loudly and clearly to your whole team however.

Ok, tactics over – they’re useful to think about, but they’re not what beats this defence. Two things will beat handler weave: discipline and pressure. I’ll explain what I mean by each of these separately…



Handler weave is an offence which, against a defence who are all trying to do different things, will mostly win. Discipline is about taking the tactics you’re using and focusing on your element of it. It’s about remembering your job right this second on pitch, not trying to do anyone else’s job, and executing on that job. The key points of every job are 1) don’t get broken on force and 2) don’t get beaten to the open side.

Sounds simple, huh? But when your mark is running around like crazy, it’s difficult to remember these.

On force, it’s important to be aggressive towards anything that might be a break, but leave the open side the hell alone. Going for point blocks open side, or trying to cover the open side to stop someone being beat is going to screw up the rest of the team. Playing D against this, you need to know that your force is going to if not stop all break throws, at least make them difficult and a little bit rubbish – perfect for you getting blocks on.

Where you’ll see Skunks fail in the video (currently uploading!) is that their forces often forget where they’re forcing and let out cheap unpressured breaks, mostly by over-biting on the open side.

Upfield, you have to trust the force, and remember it. Always assume that they’re going to be running at the open side, and give yourself enough of a cushion or buffer to stop it – this is most important on the upline cuts. Take away the open side with your body positioning, and shadow them when they cut break side – breaks are still sometimes going to go (even if they are rubbish) so be as close as you can, without being able to be toasted back to the open side. The key here is anticipating their next move, so that you’re ready to react, without over-anticipating it and biting too hard on stuff you shouldn’t be going for (break side!). Again, you’ll see Skunks players in the video run too hard with the break side cut, because their forces have been letting it out, and then get toasted back to the open side. Remember the force. Take away what the force does not.



When I talk about pressure, I’m meaning not necessarily getting run through Ds or flyby layout blocks (although those are always handy), but being incredibly close all the time to your mark (note that this means NOT bidding on breaks that you have no chance of Ding, so that your force is set as soon as they’re ready and you don’t let out a cheap break), so that the offence have no rest and no easy passes.

Important note on ‘poaching’: if you’re marking a handler, don’t even THINK about poaching. When I say ‘poaching’ I mean leaving your own mark *before* the disc is in the air. By all means, if they throw a pass close to you meant for another player, D that thing. But poaching is especially important NOT to do in the first few seconds of their offence – if you poach off the swing handler (ie. the one that’s going to run up the line), you give them a free pass. This is in direct opposition to the idea of PRESSURE – no free passes (you’ll see Skunks get this wrong in the video and let that swing out by poaching several times – naughty Skunks).

You’ll see in the video clip that Skunks (D team, black shirts) get turns not always through actual blocks – often it is from wayward passes or errors from Ro Sham (O team, white). These look like unforced turnovers, but they’re not. By being close to the handlers the whole time, and gradually piling on pressure, Skunks unsettle the Ro Sham offence and break up its flow. The Ro Sham women’s adrenaline increases with every ‘almost-D’ and every hotly contested catch, which makes them nervous and jittery. Jitters and nerves are going to make you overcook throws and make bad decisions. Get close to your mark, even if you can’t get the block.


Obviously, discipline and pressure are two pretty important components of playing defence on any type of offence. Against handler weave they are crucial. Against other offences, fast players can compensate for poor discipline by running after their player and being fast enough to get blocks; slightly lazy marking or being a bit dopey is punished less severely. Against handler weave, you will be punished for laziness, and you will be punished for dozing off.

Homework: Again, we’re going to visualise the cuts the offence are going to make. But now, we’re going to imagine we’re playing D on each of them, and apply the principles of discipline and pressure. Imagine marking someone making each of those cuts and taking them away – work with your force to apply pressure, stay close to them. Imagine them getting a closely contested undercut catch and putting the force on right away, giving them no rest.

Next post: The Nitty Gritty Details (and the video – hopefully!).

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UWIN Homework: What is handler weave?

So, with nationals rapidly approaching, I thought it’d be worth having a shot at picking apart one of the most common (of the top 8 last year, 5 teams played this offence near exclusively) and worst defended offences of women’s indoors…

The Handler Weave (or 2-1-2)

In the next three posts I’m going to explain what it is, how to beat it, and also give you a chance to look at some footage that shows key parts of it in action (as well as a team beating it on defence).

So, what is Handler Weave?

The 2-1-2 tell you how the formation is set out on the pitch. Firstly there are two goons in the endzone. They’ll normally be in a tight stack.

The other three players set up in a triangle – 2 flat back handlers, and one player isolated in the middle of the pitch. This person will often be referred to as ‘the iso’. You’ll notice that they’re in lots of space, similar to our ‘god’ play.

The original version of this offence (which few teams play anymore) starts with a move/look identical to the god play – which I will refer to as ‘the iso throw’. The handler throws the disc to the break side for the iso to go fetch. This throw would go in the original Ro Sham offence ONLY if the iso’s D player was sitting underneath them (ie. open side under – which incidentally is where we plan to be when playing D on a stack).

If this throw wasn’t on – taken away by either the force or the upfield D player – Ro Sham would transition into the form of the offence that most teams go straight for today – which I will call the “running offence”.

The play start is the handler (of the flatback 2) without the disc running up the line (referred to as the “up line” cut). After this handler has gone, the iso will cut back towards the handler, into the centre of the pitch (this is the “swing” cut and pass). If neither of these options works, the next option is the original running handler bouncing off the line and “wrinkling” back into the centre of the pitch (filling into the iso’s space) – this would usually have to be hit with an overhead to clear ‘traffic’ (bodies in the way).

Check out my super high tech pic of this – blue circles are O players (they’re scoring ‘up’ your screen), white circle indicates who has the disc, lines and arrows show who’s running where.The principle component of this offence is throw and go – as soon as your mark has released the disc you can expect them to be running at top speed up the line.

Why does it work?

Because the offence is cutting hard (due to having an easy pattern to follow), defence often find themselves on the back foot when O change direction. A key element to playing defence against this is knowing where they want to go, and beating them there.

However, once they’ve worked out the predictable pattern of cuts, defence may over-commit to the break side if the force has been beaten before, leaving easy open side cuts. Equally, the force may know that the upline cut is coming, so may over-bite onto the open side fake of the handler, leaving the break throw free – you’ll get to see both of these in the video I’ll be uploading for later posts (some tech issues!).

Fundamentally, handler weave works because its high tempo encourages the defence to run brainlessly after the offence, forgetting the usual rules of defence, like say, the open side. *They* are playing fast, which cons *you* into thinking you don’t have time to think or to even remember the force. This is untrue – thinking will give you more time and will get you blocks, often through them having no options and facing a stallout or a throw to a marked player.

Homework: Visualise this pattern of cuts – handler runs up the line, iso runs back for swing cut, handler wrinkles into the pitch. Draw it on paper with x’s or lines. Talk about it with a team-mate. Make sure your brain knows what they want to be doing – this step is crucial to working out how to stop it.

Next up, I’ll be talking about how we’re going to play D on this offence: it’s all about discipline and pressure.




Hi All,

Firstly, so proud of this club for what it has achieved so far this term! We have a team representing Mohawks in EVERY division of university indoor nationals!! What an achievement.

But, to be able to compete at nationals we must all have the right memberships etc. I know this is boring but it is vital or we will be disqualified.

This is to ALL those playing in ANY form of nationals (so a lot of you).

Please ensure that you have sports fed membership with the university. I’m sure you do all have this but if you haven’t then I don’t know how you have got away with it but you MUST have it!

If you have not already, then you must also upgrade your UKU membership to Uni/U18 Full Membership. This will cost you a little extra but it is still a hell of a lot cheaper than if you weren’t a student 🙂 If you don’t have this come the saturday morning of whichever competition, you WILL NOT BE PLAYING.

On a quick note, if you are still on the debt list then shame on you. The club is owed hundreds of pounds now from people not paying for things. PAY NOW or your fees will keep rising and we may decide that you are banned from playing until your debt is cleared.

That’s all for now, so make sure this is all sorted and then we will all be happy 🙂

Keep up the good work that you have all started this year and here’s to some nationals titles coming our way!


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Debt List- PAY UP NOW

Hi Everyone,

Unfortunately we still have a lot of people in debt with the club and this is not really acceptable. We are now struggling to pay for important tournaments etc because people feel they can play a tournament and not pay for it. So, please don’t be lazy and pay up now so we do not have to ask again!

Payment details are:

Sort Code 30-96-83
Account Number 16932060

Once paid, please email Ash at [email protected]
Put your NAME, REFERENCE and the AMOUNT you have paid in the subject line.

In the email you could write something nice like “Hi Ashley, I <INSERT NAME> have paid you £XXX for <WHAT IT IS FOR>. I hope you are having a lovely day. Lots of Love xxxxx

The list is as follows:

Agata- £20

Alex Armitage- £20

Alex Buckley- £25

Alicia Coupland- £20

Amy Pocock- £20

Gully- £39.50

Beth Kerr- £20

Helen Brunt- £20

Isobel- £25

James Hope (onion)- £15

Laslow- £15

Lizzie- £40

Rhys Poulton- £20

Sophie Nicholls- £47

Stu- £30

We don’t expect to ask you again! Thanks,



Mohawk News

UMIR Start times!

Hi mixed players!

Really looking forward to this weekend, can’t wait to see Mohawks rock this region. I have emailed everyone playing with the tournament schedule, information pack and indoor rules – worth a look!

Here are some directions from campus to the venue If you have any doubts or trouble on the day then call your captain(s) or me.


Remember you need to bring:

Clean, non-marking shoes

Red & Black shirt


If you don’t have a red and a black shirt then let me or your team captain know NOW! We will do our best to help you out with some spares. Don’t arrive on Saturday and expect to borrow kit unless you have specifically asked for it!


The pools & seedings have changed since the information pack & the email I sent yesterday. Games are 18 minutes long, with one minute between games. One 30 second timeout per team, per match, to be taken between points only and not in the last 3 minutes of a match.


Here are your Saturday game times:

Mo1 aka Shimmy’s Superstars (Seed 1st)

Arrive no later than 0815

0845 v Surrey 2

1039 v Herts

1233 v Silverbacks 2

1427 v Blades

1621 v Thrown 1

Mo2 aka The Hamilton-Stanbrook Massive (Seed 8th)

Arrive no later than 0853 

0923 v City

1117 v Panthers 1

1311 v Up The Arts 2

1505 v Kent 2

1640 v DD 1


Mo3 aka The Howarth-Baptiste Bruisers (Seed 15th)

Arrive no later than 0931

1001 v Holloway

1155 v DD 2

1330 v Sublime 1

1524 v Kent 1

1737 v Panthers 2

Mo4 aka Gully’s Giant Gulls of Great Gullington (Seed 16th)

Arrive no later than 0950

1020 v Chichester

1214 v Sublime 2

1349 v Silverbacks 1

1602 v Surrey 1

1756 v Up The Arts 1


Last two things:

1. Support each other from the sidelines & communicate on pitch.

2. Have a great time. Mixed is the best!


Yours with anticipation,

Shimmy xxx


Mohawks Newsletter Week 7/8

Hey ‘hawks!

Firstly, try and grab a copy of the badger this week – your very own Vice-President Mr. Sam Airey has written an article about the unbelievable success of the Mohawks at regionals – between the Women’s teams and the Open teams, we will have a massive 4 teams representing us at Nationals!

Secondly, a massive thank you to Fetu, Meg and James for hosting what was an incredible UV party on Friday! Incredible as always!


Remember training this Wednesday for beginners starts at 2:30 not 3, due to it getting dark and depressing!

Training on Friday is Indoor Invite-Only, everyone else outside – it will be fun (and hopefully not too wet!)


CBA (Al Gore) has kindly said he can host the awesome toga house party this Wednesday in Norwich House – it’s gonna be epic! If you don’t know what a toga party is, follow these links…

Mixed Regionals

The third, and according to Shimmy, the best regionals, is coming this weekend! If you are playing, make sure you have £15 of credit in the Mohawks account – if you don’t, pay Ash or you can’t play!


Well, that’s all folks,

Prossie x