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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.

5 Great Strength And Conditioning Exercises For Ultimate Frisbee

Frisbee isn’t just something you can pick up and play with your dog on a leisurely Saturday afternoon. Known affectionately to spectators and veterans as Ultimate Frisbee or just “Ultimate,” it’s a demanding sport that requires competitors to be strong enough to cover large swaths of the field and press towards the opposing end zone.

To that end, Ultimate Frisbee coaches like Tom Morrill have designed weight training programs to make their athletes more explosive at the point of attack.

Training Hex offence with your team

 

Hex is a new offence which most of your team will not have seen or played before – introducing it can be both fun and exciting, but will certainly come with its challenges. I’ve had experience introducing the offence to a variety of teams and players, from primary schools through University level teams to GB, and along the way have learned plenty about how to make the introduction as enjoyable and productive as possible. I hope to share what I’ve learnt with you in this article.

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

Flexagon Defence

Foreword

Flexagon approaches defence from a new angle, bringing together elements of man-to-man and zonal defence. Flex is neither “man” nor “zone” – it’s a hybrid. Pressure is applied to every offensive player, whilst the defenders are constantly working together as a team.

Consider a vertical stack. If every defender marks man-to-man, then they are all essentially trying to cover the same open side spaces, leaving the force to cover the break side. This is uses very little teamwork. However, every offensive player is under pressure from a defender, which is good for the defence and bad for the offence. If the defence plays a zone, then the stack is cancelled and the offence spreads out and becomes a ‘zonal offence’.

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.

Success Story of a Small Team

This is the success story of a small school in Texas. Midwestern State University. The school of apathy. The school where if you aren’t greek, you’re a geek. The school in a town with nothing to do except hit up a country dance “club” on Wednesday nights. Midwestern is a school where if you don’t find your niche, you become a statistic and transfer within two years to a larger school. Luckily for me, I found my niche in 2011 when I helped create the Ultimate team, The Cavalry.

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.

Sideline Presence

Teams across the globe know how important it is to have home field advantage. When NFL teams travel to New Orleans or Seattle, chances are, the home team comes out with the dub. Matter of fact, those two teams are so difficult to beat, they are a combined 30-5 when playing at home since 2012. Switching leagues to the NBA now, the Oklahoma City Thunder posted a 34-7 record last year at home. The Thunder are known for a lot of things, but having a great crowd presence is one of the things they rely on big time. So if playing with a home crowd directly affects performance, how do we implement this into Ultimate? Easy, have a booming sideline presence.

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.

Recruiting for Your College Team

It’s that time again! College captains are scrambling to find those eager athletes to join their squad. As a captain of a small school, I can assure you, it’s pretty difficult to find recruits. People are joining organizations left and right. What’s gonna make them want to join a team that throws plastic back and forth with each other? They could go Greek, join a different club sport, or just focus on their studies. How can you, as a team, convince rookies to join the Ultimate team on campus – which will surely be the best decision they’ll ever make. Here are a few of the recruitment strategies I’ve found useful over the years.

Freestyle the “Ultimate” Edge

(A fast-freestyle playing exercise/guide for learning and practicing disc handling skills used in ultimate)

In the early days of Frisbee before disc sports, the original attraction was just to watch the Frisbee fly. At first, this was enough; the sheer joy in watching the Frisbee fly, not at all like a ball. Then, because it’s in our nature to compete, came the Frisbee games. If you enjoy playing one disc game, chances are you’ll enjoy all the disc games, because they all have that one common attraction: unlike the ball, the disc actually flies. Each game demands unique skills but also shares common skills used in other games. If you become skilled in one disc game, you’ll quickly excel and most likely enjoy participating in other disc games.

10 Tips for a Rookie Handler

When I was learning to play Ultimate, I didn’t have a coach, mentor, or Ultimate Rob videos. I had to teach myself the game and whenever my friends learned something new, we’d spread the knowledge with each other. I was one of the slower learners on the team and required as much assistance as possible, so putting me on the handler line wasn’t the best option. I was a cutter by default. When I came to college, my throws were naturally better than most because I had been playing for a while, and my team was brand new. So my journey began from moving from a cutter to a handler – yet again without a mentor. Teaching myself this aspect of the game was incredibly difficult. Here are 10 guidelines for rookie handlers that helped me learn to be a handler.