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A Case for Gender Equity Based on Ability

With the release of this article on Skyd Magazine arguing for making pro ultimate a mixed league, there have been a huge number of comments on Facebook, Reddit and Twitter. The author’s main point for making pro ultimate mixed is for girls to have female role models.

However, something is missing. There have been many opinion pieces, videos and discussions about gender equity in ultimate, making pro ultimate mixed and there have been a lot of ignorant and sexist comments made each time.

I think a helpful response to this is about ability. Not absolute ability but rather relative ability.

Commentary Workshop for Female Commentators at UKU Nationals

The workshop is being run by Tom Styles, one of the most experienced and recognisable voices in ultimate broadcasting. With over 15 years of experience behind the microphone Tom has a unique perspective on how to commentate on the sport of Ultimate.

The day will include contributions from AUDL and ESPN commentator, Megan Tormey, and professional journalist, WFDF board member, and presenter of the Ulti Show Caz Malone. Megan and Caz will both be joining via video link.

VC Ultimate and Discraft Giveaway

Along with my partner VC Ultimate, I’m excited to announce a giveaway. We’ll be giving away a Team Canada full sub jersey and a 10 pack of Discraft practice discs.

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To enter, head to the post on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/ultimaterob/posts/10153300751797023.

You must tag two friends in the comments below and like the VC and Discraft pages! This contest is open to Canadian residents only. I will be randomly be choosing a name Friday at 10am MST. Jersey is worth $75 and the discs are worth $60 (retail is $140). Cheers!

Practice Disc Bundle from VC Ultimate

Grab 10 perfect quality discs, potentially less than perfect designs on them…these are perfect practice discs from our friends at Discraft.

Discs are all 175 gram Discraft  UltraStars. Mix of colours and designs available. Please note that they are Discraft misprint discs so designs may not be perfect. At this great price, you can’t be picky 🙂

Only need 1 disc? No problem! Pick up individual practice discs here. USA Customers please pick up this bundle in our US store, as we can’t ship these discs back down to you from Canada. Thanks!

Ultimate Rob Back With VC Ultimate

I am excited to announce that I will be partnering up with VC Ultimate again! After being with Savage Ultimate for the past two years, I have decided to partner with VC again for several reasons:

  • I was recently named the Director of Communications and Global Media for the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF). VC is the official apparel and merchandise partner of WFDF so I will be wearing lots of WFDF branded VC gear in this position

Seeing the Bigger Picture

Whether or not you are aware of the history of frisbee, the origins of ultimate or the people responsible for the development of the rules, these forces have had a hand in shaping the game. Knowing the origins of ultimate and reflecting often upon your own personal story as it relates to frisbee empowers you to look at your life in a larger historical context and to understand that you are a vital part of an ongoing culture greater than yourself.

Frisbee is a spiritual pursuit and it combines man’s greatest tool, which is his hand, with his greatest dream, which is to fly. Throwing a frisbee and making it fly is the closest we will get to flying on our own.

Strategies for 3 on 3 Ultimate

About a month ago, I received an email from an ultimate player. His name is Daniel and he was wondering what offensive and defensive strategies I would suggest for 3 on 3 since he had a tournament coming up and had only ever played normal 7 on 7 before. I’ve included my response below along along with some observations and feedback from Daniel after the tournament (his team lost in the championship game).

Spirit of the Game by Willie Herndon

Spirit of the Game follows one woman’s journey from the win-at-all-costs world of soccer into the “Play-fair-win-fair-play-with spirit” ethic of ultimate frisbee. This is the fictional part of an otherwise documentary film centered around Boston’s Lady Godiva, a women’s ultimate club team that has earned its place as one of the great teams in the history of this young, fast growing, referee-less sport.

The movie was produced and directed by Willie Herndon (williamsherndon@hotmail.com) and features New York actress Bronwyn Ryan in the role of Bronwyn, the soccer player whose mainstream competitive ethics conflict deeply with the world of ultimate frisbee and its practice of fair play.

Exercise Caution With Set Plays

About 5 years ago, I was at a practice for the men’s team I was on. We were working on a particular play. What I’ll never forget is how regimental our play practice was. Literally we were working on player movement as precisely as a few feet rather than having general lanes and letting the offensive players run their lanes based on the positioning of the defense. It felt more like a choreographed dance than a play that contained room for variety within each lane or cut.

Ultimate Doesn’t Need a Name Change

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article arguing for why ultimate needed a name change. It generated a lot of discussion on twitter, reddit, facebook and on my website. However, I actually think that ultimate doesn’t need a name change for a few reasons.

1. There’s such a history and to change the name would be dishonouring the players and pioneers of our sport.

2. The amount of time, money and energy that has gone into promoting ultimate would be wasted if we were to change the name of the sport. It’s better to leave it.

Ultimate Needs a Name Change

Ultimate frisbee. Ultimate. Frisbee. For those of us who play the sport, we know what it’s all about. But for someone who has never heard of it, what will they think when we ask if they play “ultimate” or if they’ve ever watched “ultimate”. There’s no reason they should think anything but “the ultimate what”? The issue with ultimate is that it was named on how it made the inventor feel while he was playing it.

Throwing Drills To Do On Your Own

For me, I approach throwing practice for ultimate much like practicing hitting balls/putting for golf. You want to focus on repetition, different throws (forehand, backhand, hammer, scoober, etc), different lengths (short, medium, long, hucks and pulls) and different situations (like inside out/outside in).

A few drills I love doing are:

Review: The Foundation & F.U.T.U.R.E.

If you haven’t heard of Tim Morrill, you should take a few minutes and familiarize yourself with who he is and what he does. He’s an innovator and has been influencing and changing the way players train for ultimate.

I have been lucky enough to have a look at both of his products  – The Foundation and Future 1.0 and what follows is my review of both products.

The Foundation

Tim is a student of his craft. He doesn’t just teach it but he also learns it. The Foundation is based on the 4 athletic qualities of: Strength, Power, Speed and Agility. He’s taken all of his learning and has outlined how each quality is defined, measured, conventionally trained and how each quality can be trained without implements.

Furious George vs DoG – 2002 UPA Semis

Considered by many as the greatest ultimate game of all time, Furious George took on DoG (Death or Glory) in the semi-finals of the 2002 UPA Club Open Ultimate Championships.

In a game that saw only 5 turnovers (including just 1 turnover in the second half), Furious George would go onto defeat DoG and eventually beat Ring of Fire in the finals to claim the 2002 UPA Open title.

If you can’t view this video, watch on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmsbIkkTjc.