ul·ti·mate – the best or most extreme of its kind
Fris·bee – a plastic disc for tossing between players
Robert J McLeod, the founder of Ultimate Rob (pictured to the right) 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, Rob first learned how to throw – on his own. He first researched online to read about the different types of grips, throws and anything else that talked about throwing and then he went and threw. For 8 months; roughly 10 hours PER week, Rob worked on his backhand, forehand and hammer. By the time he started playing with DKUT, Rob could throw the disc further than most people but he still had a lot to learn.
In the spring of his first year, he ended up playing with a veteran team in the annual Tournament of Fools. That weekend, Rob learned about edges and how to throw a disc in the wind and he never looked back. What was taught to him would change his throwing forever but it wasn’t until he really dedicated himself to practicing that he became a good thrower.
If you ever ask Rob about throwing, he’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.
The purpose of this website is to provide a central resource for learning how to throw and become a better player. I’ve also put up some links to media sites so you can check out some pics and vids about ultimate as well as some additional websites whose aim is to help you become a better player.
Enjoy this site – after all, it is for you. And give me any feedback, positive or negative via the contact form.