Past Articles from Sean Childers

Sean Childers is Ultiworld’s Statistics Co-Editor and manages Ultiworld’s longform analytic content. He started playing ultimate in 2008 for UNC-Chapel Hill Darkside, where he studied Political Science and Computer Science before graduating from NYU School of Law. He has played for LOS, NYU, District 5, YoungBloods and currently plays for Empire and PoNY. You can email him at

  1. Sandy, Surge, and Understanding Star Defense, Powered by Agility from Five Ultimate

    Scandal's Sandy Jorgensen and Riot's Sarah "Surge" Griffith are two of the game's most impressive defenders, in any division. Learn from their techniques and styles in this video analysis about great defense.

  2. What Happened? Video Analysis Of GOAT’s 2013 Season, Powered By Agility From Five Ultimate

    Toronto GOAT was one of the most exciting stories of the 2013 regular season. But their storybook year got ended early at Nationals when they struggled all weekend. Joseph Marmerstein digs into the tape to figure out what went wrong.

  3. Zone Defenses At College Nationals: A Reference Guide to Playing (And Beating) Junks

    As the top college teams prepare to descend on Cincinnati for the College Championships, Ultiworld sat down with the season’s footage to identify some of the zone defenses most likely to impact the tournament. Though the weather forecast currently shows relatively favorable conditions for Nationals — zone defense might not be the number one storyline…

  4. How Ohio State Earned The #1 Seed: Video Breakdown Of Their Oregon Upset

    Ohio State’s victory over Oregon at the Northwest Challenge in March was a milestone for a number of reasons. It was one of the few major tournament losses for Oregon Fugue in recent memory, it revealed a number of weaknesses in the most dominant program in college women’s ultimate, and it ensured a number one…

  5. Seeding, Pools Announced For D-I College Championships

    USA Ultimate announced the seeding and pools for the D-I College Championships today. Colorado and Ohio State took the #1 overall seed in the Men's and Women's Division, respectively. Check out the full seeding and pools inside.

  6. Breaking Down Michigan: Three Video Lessons for Any Team To Learn

    Michigan’s run through the bracket of this past year’s Easterns was impressive. It turned a potentially light Great Lakes region into a conversation and lent legitimacy to a high seed for Michigan in the USAU Rankings. Prior to Easterns, MagnUM hadn’t really chalked up any big wins. Their season wasn’t bad, but it lacked oomph.…

  7. Video Analysis: Can Harvard Beat The Nation’s Elite?

    Harvard Redline currently sits at #7 in the Ultiworld Power Rankings. But are they a #7 team that could upset one of the top dogs, or are they a notch below the elite? We sat down with game tape and broke down the Harvard offensive performance from Queen City. The lessons of what worked well…

  8. AUDL Lands Live ESPN3 Coverage of Opening Game According to Screenshot

    According to screenshots on, the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) will have its April 12th game between the San Francisco Flame Throwers and the San Jose Spiders broadcasted on ESPN3, the online streaming platform for the world wide leader in sports. The move comes almost exactly one year after USA Ultimate announced its own…

  9. How #1 UNC Beat #2 Colorado: Video Breakdown

    This year’s Stanford Invite was defined by wind, rain delays, and upsets. Three out of top four seeds dropped at least one game in pool play and only UNC advanced past quarterfinals. Saturday’s wind forced teams to play field position and the unifying downwind strategy was simply “huck and play D.” Sunday was a different…

  10. Avoiding Common Mistakes Against Zone Defense

    It’s Sunday.  It’s windy.  The high, blady pull lands on your goal line, and after stopping the roll, you look up to see four defenders standing within fifteen feet of you. Your coach warned you this might happen. But the defensive look makes you nervous, anxious. The six other guys who jogged off the line with…

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