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Thoughts on Spirit of the Game with Dan “Stork” Roddick

Dan “Stork” Roddick is a friend and mentor and is widely considered the Godfather of Frisbee. Stork is in all of the frisbee hall of fames (UltimateDisc GolfFreestyle, and Frisbee), has been playing and growing the sport for more than 50 years, and is still actively involved in playing, growing, and guiding the direction of the future of frisbee.

Stork was tasked with writing the section on Spirit of the Game which became part of the rules of ultimate in the 1970’s. I reached out to Stork to ask him more about how the idea of Spirit first came about about below is his response to that question, and a video I filmed of Stork in 2011 talking about the Origins of Spirit. Enjoy!

Dan “Stork” Roddick on Gender Equity in Ultimate

Dan “Stork” Roddick is a friend and mentor and is widely considered the Godfather of Frisbee. Stork is in all of the frisbee hall of fames (Ultimate, Disc Golf, Freestyle, and Frisbee), has been playing and growing the sport for more than 50 years, and is still actively involved in playing, growing, and guiding the direction of the future of frisbee.

For this reason, I reached out to Stork for his thoughts on the topic of Gender Equity and what follows below is his email back to me. I have not edited his reply so please understand that this is his opinion and is based on many years of experience, effort and dedication to the sport of frisbee.

First College Ultimate Game

Dan “Stork” Roddick talks about how he got into ultimate and shares his experience playing in the first college ultimate frisbee game in 1972.

Dan “Stork” Roddick is a long-time disc sport champion and organizer in both the U.S. and internationally. Stork was an early star of the game of Ultimate with college champion Rutgers University (with a record of 45-1), where he was Irv Kalb’s favorite scoring target, and he was a winner of national and world championships in individual events including disc golf, freestyle and accuracy.

The Ten Commandments of Frisbee

as told by Dan “Stork” Roddick

I
The most powerful force in the world is that of a disc straining to land under a car, just beyond reach. This force is technically called “car suck”.

II
The higher the quality of a catch or the comment it receives, the greater the probability of a crummy throw. (Good catch = bad throw.)

III
One must never precede any maneuver by a comment more predictive than, “Watch this!” (Keep ’em guessing.)

IV
The higher the costs of hitting any object, the greater the certainty it will be struck. (Remember: the disc is positive – both cops and old ladies are clearly negative).

Future of Disc Sports

In this video Dan “Stork” Roddick gives his thoughts on what the future of frisbee will look like. He doesn’t think that disc sports should be commercialized like other sports – pods that exists in all areas which allow people to play seem to be the best way.

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The Evolution of Disc Sports

Prior to 1968 there was no cohesive unified “Frisbee’ culture, and really no discs sports per se.  Regionally isolated pockets of Frisbee activity existed all over the country ranging from casual tossing and catching to relatively organized and structured games and contests.  But none of these occurrences of Frisbee activity knew about the existence of each other.