Ultiworld / EuroZone interview with Felix Shardlow

Head over to Ultiworld to catch the latest EuroZone Podcast, which includes an interview with Felix!

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0:00 Ravi & Liam talk about PELT’s Movember campaign
7:30 Ravi introduces me, begin lockdown chat
8:50 Story about the first time I played ultimate
11:50 Why I could already jump high when I started playing
12:50 Ravi asks about my playing history
17:25 Liam asks where I think I would be if I quit in 2010, we talk about Roller Derby for a while
18:25 Ravi asks ‘What is Flex?’ (I don’t give a very good explanation imo! At least compared to the videos)
23:00 Why I’ve been releasing my strategic ideas publicly and how they have been received (innovation in defence vs innovation in offence)
24:45 The importance of communication & field awareness in Flex
26:15 Liam asks “When you’re coming up with these new strategies, are you ever scared of being ‘Franked'”?
29:00 Ravi asks which clubs are using hex/flex philosophies in Europe / NA – I completely fail to mention the Sussex Uni team I coach
31:00 Talking about the development of offence in ultimate (American Football influence vs what it’d look like with more Soccer influence, Japan’s alternative style getting results)
32:55 Ravi asks about being a content creator – how did I get into video analysis etc? (I talk about how the “Japan v USA – Every Turnover of the match analysed” video came about)
36:40 Talking about the livestream series
37:30 Talking about what it’s like to work production crew at a tournament
38:40 Ravi asks why I stopped the livestreams
41:10 Ravi asks if I have any tips for people who might want to get into content creation
42:25 Liam asks how I find interaction with social media, where is the best reception and what do I find weird
44:15 felixultimate TikTok?
45:00 Rocket League tournament upcoming & Disc Space developments
48:00 Ravi & Liam talk about the Queen’s Gambit netflix show

I’m still scratching my head wondering how, when Ravi asked about teams that adopted hex/flex, I completely failed to mention the Sussex Uni club I’ve been coaching for 17 years, and who won Nationals in 2010, 2011, 2017 & 2019. Without training that club and running those sessions, a lot of the hex/flex stuff would still be theoretical and very untested. Implementing the ideas with Sussex week upon week, developing some ideas and throwing others out, and seeing how the teams perform against the others in the region and the country year upon year has kept the ideas fresh and allowed them to mature far beyond theory, to a point where I’m confident enough to produce videos on them. Can’t believe I barely mentioned Sussex – perhaps they’re somehow so close that I overlooked them? Probably just interview nerves. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the listen!

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