ul·ti·mate – the best or most extreme of its kind
Fris·bee – a plastic disc for tossing between players
I started playing ultimate frisbee in September of 2001 at Dalhousie University for the Dal/King’s Ultimate Team (or DKUT).
But, before ever playing a game, I first learned how to throw – on my own. I first researched online to read about the different types of grips, throws and anything else that talked about throwing and then I went and threw. For 8 months; roughly 10 hours PER week, I worked on his backhand, forehand and hammer. By the time I started playing with DKUT, I could throw the disc further than most people but I still had a lot to learn.
In the spring of my first year, I ended up playing with a veteran team in the annual Tournament of Fools. That weekend, I learned about edges and how to throw a disc in the wind and I never looked back. What was taught to me would change my throwing forever but it wasn’t until I really dedicated myself to practicing that I became a good thrower.
If you ever ask me about throwing, I’ll compare throwing to hitting a golf ball – until a golfer goes to the range and works on his shots, he’ll never become a better golfer. Same is true with an ultimate frisbee player. In order to become a better thrower, you must first practice throwing for many hours.
It’s been said that in order to master a skill (i.e. throwing a forehand) you need to repeat the motion 3,000 to 5,000 times. That’s a lot of throwing – and it needs to be quality throwing in addition to the number of reps.
Why this website?
When I first started throwing a disc in the fall of 2000, I searched online to find out all I could about the grips, throws, etc. At the time Youtube didn’t exist and I was able to find only a few websites which showed the power grip and split finger grip and which talked a bit about the different throws but as time went on there really wasn’t a good encompassing website for ultimate. And even when Youtube was created, there was a lot of really poorly done videos so I decided to make my own to teach players how to play ultimate better.
I created this site in the hopes that someone like you will find it useful. If you can take just one thing from this site then it’s served its purpose. Also, I would love to hear your comments, requests for articles/videos and testimonials if you’ve found my site useful for your game.
How long have you been playing ultimate for?
I started throwing in the fall of 2000 and started playing ultimate in the fall of 2001.
What teams have you played with?
I’ve played with:
- Red Circus
- Lawn Party
- Dirty Sand Chairs
- Team Xtreme
- The Wedding Party
- Forest Lawn Party
- Little Bierut
- Malaki UFC
- Bunny Thugs
- May the Force Be Away From You
- Electric Mayhem
- Tenacious D
How far can you throw?
I have thrown an ultimate disc roughly 130 yards. My longest throw with a golf disc is 213.5 metres (700.46 feet) which is the current Canadian Distance Record. I currently hold 6 Guinness World Records including the Guinness World Record for Longest Throw with a Flying Disc Caught by a Dog on October 14, 2012 when I threw a disc 134 yards (402 feet) to Davy Whippet, breaking a record that was set in 1994. My goal is to set many other records, including “Longest Field Goal with a Disc”, “Longest Free Throw Made with a Disc” and “Longest Throw with a Flying Disc”.
What other disc sports do you compete in?
Along with ultimate, I also compete in disc golf, dog disc and overall flying disc competitions. You can find out all about my competitions, world records and latest adventures by visiting www.frisbeerob.com.
Will you ever do a trick shot video?
I’ve been thinking about doing a trick shot video since 2010. I always imagined throwing a disc through the window of a moving car and having a buddy catch it. That was going to be how I got started doing trick shot videos. But, as life would dictate, I instead focused on teaching videos and competing. If I was to ever do a trick shot video, I would want to involve other players. Perhaps some of the juniors players I coach, some of my buddies, or some other well known ultimate players (or even well known frisbee players).
What do you do other than be Ultimate Rob?
Along with running UltimateRob.com, I also compete in disc sports competitions (dog disc, disc golf and overall), workout, sit on the Awards Committee for Ultimate Canada, am the Director of Communications and Global Media at the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) and sit on the Overall Committee, sit on the Calgary Disc Golf committee, work on growing frisbee in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, read as much as I can and blog on my personal website, Odd and Misunderstood.