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Why You Should Play Club Ultimate

Or more specifically…why college players should play club ultimate.

Playing Ultimate shouldn’t be reserved just for half of the year. The feeling of skying someone who has been talking trash the whole day, getting to lay out for the winning goal and have grass stains infect your white jersey, and those long, game-filled car rides can’t be limited to just the College Spring Season. What an injustice to the sport. That is why God has given us one of the greatest gifts of all time: Club Season.

What Does “Man Up” Mean?

We have been hearing it for years from Brodie Smith when he tells us to “Man Up”. But what does it mean. Does he know what it means?

Check out this fantastic TEDx talk by Carlos Andrés Gómez talking about what it actually means to truly “man up”. Although this video isn’t about ultimate, it encourages you to think more critically about what it means to be a man.

If you can’t see the video above, watch it here on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fk1M0SC55Os.

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.

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.

Tom “TK” Kennedy – Hall of Famer

Recently, I was in Santa Barbara for the 2012 US Open Overall Flying Disc Championships and I had the chance to sit down with Tom “TK” Kennedy. We had a candid conversation about how he got into the game, his history with the Ultimate Players Association (now known as USA Ultimate) and his role with the formation of the Santa Barbara Condors, one of the most famous ultimate teams ever. This first video is just a snippet of our conversation and I get his thoughts on the current state of ultimate – the AUDL, Brodie Smith’s trick shot videos and youth ultimate.

Frisbee Trick Shots by Brodie Smith

Well shoot. I’ve been wanting to do a frisbee trick shot video for about a year but just never seemed to fit it in amongst my other videos. I gotta give props to Brodie Smith for doing a sweet trick shots video of his own. My favourites are the ones where he throws the disc along a wall. It’s actually really easy to throw the disc but it’s pretty impressive the skill it takes to have the disc drop at the right spot. Check the video out here:

Which of his trick shots was your favourite?