Interview

How To Prevent Getting Burnt Out

Danielle Fortin, a World Champion and 3 time Canadian Champion, talks about one of the problems facing high level ultimate with more players getting into the sport at a younger age. She also relates her experience when she felt burnt out and how she was able to rediscover her passion in the sport. This is a great video to start the dialogue among players and coaches and for individuals to take a look at their own game when they feel like they’ve lost their desire to play.

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

Mario O’Brien From Rise Up Ultimate

Mario O’Brien, Producer and Creative Director at Rise Up Ultimate, talks about his inspiration for creating Rise Up. Mario is a teacher by trade so he’s ensured that all episodes of Rise Up are pedagogically sound. He also gives us some info on what is in store for the future of Rise Up including clinics and more sessions where they teach the coaches.

You can find out more about Rise Up at: http://www.riseupultimate.com.

If you can’t view the video, watch it on Youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbk-AVL_904.

Elliot Trotter on Skyd Fund 2014

Donate to Skyd Fund 2014: http://igg.me/at/skydfund2014/x/739699.

Elliot Trotter, founder and editor-in-chief of Skyd Magazine, talks about Skyd Fund 2014.

Skyd is celebrating 3 years of providing the ultimate community with a place for valuable analysis, insight, video and coverage. Since 2010, Skyd has acted as a voice for the community, communicating new ideas, announcing exciting new ventures and providing a platform for new contributors.

Skyd pioneered consistent and reliable tournament and season coverage and has changed the way we present ultimate media. Since its inception, Skyd’s mission has been to grow the sport by enlightening and inspiring through informative and reliable media coverage. In doing so, we’ve brought our community closer together and strengthened its future.

How To Deal With Getting Cut

Elliot Trotter, founder and editor-in-chief of Skyd Magazine also plays for the Seattle Rainmakers in the MLU.

From the time he started playing in college, he’s been cut many times and sometimes from teams he thought he should make. Most notably he’s been cut from Seattle Sockeye 6 times, never making it past the first round of cuts. Hear him talk about how he learned from those failures to help push him to become a better player. As he says, perhaps the only way to learn is through failure. This is a great video if you’ve ever been cut, have just been cut or are about to try out for a team and would like some perspective going into tryouts. Sometimes a team is looking for a certain type of player – that doesn’t mean you’re not a good player; sometimes you’re just not what they’re looking for.

Interview with Michelle Ng

I sat down with Michelle Ng, co-founder of Without Limits. I asked her what her inspiration for starting Without Limits was, what winning the Kathy Pufahl Spirit Award meant to her, what makes all of her hard work worth it, and if she thought there was going to be a pro women’s ultimate frisbee league.

Find out more about Michelle and what Without Limits does at http://www.withoutlimitsultimate.com.

If you can’t view the video above, click this link to watch on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D31VyW49U_U.

Long Term Athlete Develop -ment Plan

Danielle Fortin, a world champion and 3-time Canadian champion in ultimate frisbee and the current Development Programs Coordinator at Ultimate Canada.

Danielle talks about the Long-Term Athlete Development plan or LTAD, which Ultimate Canada will soon be posting on the website and distributing to the various organizations across Canada.

You can find out more information on http://canadianultimate.com.

If you can’t see the video above, please click this link to watch on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WP4NmXI_2TU.

This Is How It All Began

This is a word-for-word transcription done by Willie Herndon in July 2013, of an article entitled “This Is How It All Began” which appeared in “Ultimate News” Volume 23 No. 4, Winter 2003. An author’s note from July 2013, appears at the end of this transcription.

Willie Herndon interviews Jared Kass, the man who taught Joel Silver to play Ultimate and who gave the sport its name

In 1998 I interviewed Joel Silver in his office at Warner Brothers Studio in Los Angeles, California. He spoke of his role in creating the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. He mentioned, without adding any detail, that he had learned a Frisbee game from someone named Jared Kass while attending a summer camp at Mount Herman School, now the Northfield-Mount Herman School in Massachusetts.

From Ultimate to Disc Dog

Meet Andrea Rigler, the 2012 UFO Freestyle World Champion and a former ultimate player turned disc dogger.

Andrea used to throw to her dog during halftimes and after games and the more she did, the more she liked it. After watching some videos online, she started doing frisbee tricks with her dogs.

Although Andrea doesn’t play ultimate anymore, she’s also gotten into disc golf. To become a better thrower, it’s really important to throw different types of discs. Always throwing the same type of disc will limit your throwing potential.

To find out more about Pawsitive Vybe and Ron Watson, visit them online at http://www.pvybe.com.

UCPC 2013: Future of Ultimate Panel Discussion

It’s always interesting whenever some of the most well known players in our sport are brought together to talk about the future of ultimate.

It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future

So too is this statement true about ultimate. We’re still in our infancy in many ways but in other ways, we’ve come very far. Over the past few years, the popularity of ultimate has exploded online thanks to Youtube, Twitter, Reddit, Facebook and Sportscentre. Over that same period, there have been a National touring team, 2 professional leagues and hours and hours of full game footage posted online. It’s been an exciting time to be an ultimate player and so I found the panel discussion at the 2013 Ultimate Coaches and Players Conference (UCPC) quite interesting.

Interview with Tim Ambery

Tim Ambery, originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, is biking across Canada this summer and will be hitting up as many ultimate frisbee tournaments, games and events as he can along the way. He was in Calgary for a few days and I was fortunate enough to take some time to talk with him about his trip so far.

Here’s the general story about Tim’s bike trip across Canada from his website:

Get to Know Sherri Rose

Sherri Rose, from Alberta Canada, found out about ultimate at a camp 3 years ago and fell in love with it immediately. Since then, she has traveled to 2 college ultimate championship weekends, the 2012 USA Ultimate Championships and the 2012 US Open. She just started playing ultimate in a league this year and played her first tournament last weekend.

Sherri embodies the spirit of the ultimate community – she’s passionate, she has fun playing and she met many others through traveling and online.

Windy Sarasota – 2012 USAU

Malissa Lundgren, Ultimate Canada’s 2011 Female Athlete of the Year, talks about the 2012 USA Ultimate Championships and in particular, how bad the wind was. Mother nature is a factor we can never control so it’s all about doing the best we can with what we have.

The biggest outcome from playing in windy conditions is to learn how to throw in the wind and to be smart with your offensive strategy (huck and pin is a common one).

SAVAGE Announced as Exclusive Supplier

SAVAGE, the ULTIMATE Apparel Company, has been announced as the exclusive supplier for Ultimate Rob.

SAVAGE, with offices in South Carolina and California, supplies ultimate teams with jerseys, shorts, hats and other apparel all over the world. SAVAGE is poised to expand into the Eastern United States in late 2013 to help provide more coverage to teams in the Boston, New York and Toronto areas. UltimateRob.com is a premier source for Ultimate-related news, reviews, discussion and information with a large, engaged readership base.

Ultimate Rob on UTalkRaw

This episode I have the huge pleasure of welcoming “Ultimate Rob” on to the show. I’m really excited about this interview and I hope you find it interesting too.

Rob McLeod is a disc sports competitor living in Alberta, Canada. He competes in ultimate frisbee, disc golf, dog disc and overall flying disc competitions. Rob currently holds 9 World Records (which includes 2 Guinness World Records) and has won 3 World Championships. Rob founded ultimaterob.com in 2009.

Listen out for a UTalkRaw exclusive scoop in this episode!  We are delighted to have Rob share some news with UTalkRaw before anyone else…

Interview with JD LeJeune

JD LeJeune is an ultimate player from Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada, who won a silver medal with Steve French at Paganello a few weeks ago, the largest beach ultimate tournament in the world. He was one of the first ultimate players I ever met and he was a teammate on the first ever team I played on, SOS, in the summer of 2002. He was kind enough to take some time out of his travels to answer a few questions.

How and when did you get into ultimate?
– Back in 2000 I was invited out to play some pick-up with a few friends. Later that year I heard of a local Winter league through a friend and the rest is history!

Learning to Throw From Others

Over the years, there have been numerous instructional videos produced – some good and some bad. On Facebook a few days ago, I shared a post that said “just because you are a good player does not mean you can teach“. I was referring to a few people because I think there is a real issue and a real concern with people who teach others to throw the wrong way. Learning to throw the wrong way is inefficient and can cause injuries if that player practices a lot throwing the wrong way.

Malissa Lundgren Top 3 Career Highlights

Malissa Lundgren, one of the captains of the Capitals, the women’s ultimate team from Ontario Canada, talks about her top highlights.

Malissa has played in the finals of the World Championships of Beach Ultimate, the Canadian Ultimate Championships, the USA Ultimate Championships and the World Ultimate and Guts Championships.

She is one of the top female ultimate players in the world and was named Ultimate Canada’s 2011 Female Athlete of the Year.

10 Questions with Ultimate Rob

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Ponder, a grade 8 student in Denver, Colorado, asking if I would answer some questions for his school project. I was more than happy to help out and I thought he came up with such good questions that I’d like to share them with you, along with my answers. Enjoy!

1) How have you been part of the frisbee community over the past years?

Since I started playing ultimate in the fall of 2001 I’ve been a member of numerous communities and developed partnerships through my work teaching others how to play ultimate better, running clinics and producing free online content, which I’ve listed below:

UltiPhotos Partners with Ultimate Rob

Washington, DC (January 31, 2013) — UltiPhotos, the world’s leading provider of Ultimate tournament photography, announced a strategic partnership today with Ultimate Rob, producers of ultimaterob.com, one of the leading hubs for discussion about Ultimate and disc sports on the Internet.

UltiPhotos provides official tournament photography for local college and club tourneys as well as the largest championships in the United States.  UltiPhotos corps of elite photographers covered 50 tournaments in 2012, posting tens of thousands of photos and generating one million page views a month. UltimateRob.com is a premier source for Ultimate-related news, reviews, discussion and information with a large, engaged readership base.