Past Articles from Ian Toner

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Ian Toner is an Ultiworld reporter and analyst. He began playing in high school with the Canisius DISCiples (2005-2008), learned the game as part of the University of Virginia’s Night Train (2009-2012), and has contributed to Ring of Fire (2012-2013), Johnny Bravo (2014 national championship-2017), And The Warhawks (2016 beach men’s national champions) and USA Ultimate’s Under-23 national team (2013 gold medalists). In recent years, he has supported professional, club and college ultimate broadcasts on ESPN, Stadium and other outlets.

  1. WUGC West Coast Tryouts Grind Through Day One

    A look back on Saturday's action in Phoenix.

  2. Breaking Down the No Dump Vertical Stack, Powered by Agility from Five Ultimate

    Continuing our club video breakdown series, powered by Agility from Five Ultimate, we look at the no dump verticial stack. Standard vertical stacks often employ two handlers and five cutters downfield. But some teams run six person stacks with completely empty backfields, a formation decision that has implications for both the resets and overall offensive flow.

  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…

  4. Avoiding Common Mistakes Against Zone Defense

    It’s Sunday.  It’s windy.

  5. Video Breakdown: The Club-Level Plays UNC Used to Win CCC

    We’re not even really into the true College Season yet – making ranking, analysis, and storylines difficult to predict.  But a few big-name programs brought back tons of club talent and, even in preseason, looked poised to make a Nationals run. UNC is one of those teams and their contender status is certainly bolstered by...

  6. A Game Of Inches: Breaking Down The Game Of The Year

    No game this past club season came close to the epic battle between Seattle Sockeye and Boston Ironside in the semifinals of the Club Championships. It was a game of inches.

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