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, 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.
Malissa Lundgren, Ultimate Canada’s 2011 Female Athlete of the Year, discusses how the Capitals were more successful after changing their team strategy following their 2009 semi final loss in the UPA Championships to Brute Squad. In 2010, they would go on to make the finals where the lost to the powerhouse women’s team, Fury.
If you’ve ever had someone ask you what ultimate frisbee is, and I know we all have, show them this video.
But I encourage you to take the opportunity to educate someone when they ask you “is ultimate where you throw to a dog” or “do you play by yourself or with other people”?
Dan “Stork” Roddick, who has been throwing a frisbee for 55 years, talks about what he likes about disc sports and why he still loves it so much.
The unique thing about flying disc is that there are so many areas that you can go into based on your physicality, your friends or your stage in life. You can literally play from the time you’re 2 until you’re 102. Ultimate frisbee, disc golf, guts, dog disc, ddc, distance, self caught flight, gollum, goaltimate, freestyle, accuracy, discathon and more.
Thomas Kuhn, an ultimate frisbee player living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, won World’s in 2008 with the Team Canada Open team. He was recently selected to the roster again this year and will be traveling to Sakai, Japan in July to compete in the 2012 World Ultimate and Guts Championships.
I’ve been playing ultimate with Thomas for about 5 years so I recently had the chance to sit down and ask him some questions. Thomas has worked hard and earned his spot on the team. He’s a testament to how hard work and practice pay off and help you become a better player.
Some would say there’s a fine line between passion and obsession. First of all, what is the difference?
I found a great explanation that I will use here to frame the rest of this post.
Passion – when people admire you for it
Obsession – when you do it too much and people think you’re weird
However, how does one truly impact an industry, a culture, a generation without people thinking they’re weird? Especially when what you choose to be passionate about/be obsessed with is different from what everyone else is doing.
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.
Rob McLeod, a resident of Calgary, will travel to Beijing, China from November 30 to December 4, 2011 to set a Guinness World Record in the sport of frisbee on China Central Televison (CCTV).
“Ever since I was a kid I bought the Guinness Book of World Records through the school book order; I dreamed of one day having my name on those pages,” said McLeod.
My favourite frisbee quotes both come from the same man, Stancil Johnson.
According to Wikipedia, Stancil Johnson is a psychiatrist and frisbee enthusiast, a member of the International Frisbee Hall of Fame and the Disc Golf Hall of Fame, and in 1975, he wrote Frisbee: Practitioner’s Manual and Definitive Treatise.
I own 2 copies of that book and it’s amazing how detailed the book is and how not much has changed in the 30+ years since he wrote it.
In this update, I talk about competing in dog disc competitions, disc golf tournaments and organizing a disc sport demo.
Let me know what you’ve been up to with anything disc related!
For 2 years I’ve run Ultimate Rob (www.ultimaterob.com). In that time, I’ve published roughly 50 articles and posted more than 60 videos. My goal when I started the website was for it to be the go to website for ultimate frisbee but very quickly I realized that it wasn’t feasible – both from a time perspective on my side and from a searching perspective from a user side. I decided to instead focus on writing articles and filming videos that would help people very simply “Play Ultimate Better”.
Michael Lawler (former Brute Squad coach) has created a series of videos analyzing footage from the past couple of years and utilizing them as teaching moments. This video takes a look at two examples of downfield play in zone O. The two plays are similar at the start, but Brute Squad scores on only one of them, and the video tries to explain why.
Ultimate Rob and ATP Personal Training & Bootcamps are excited to announce that they are going to be joining forces for a series of Ultimate Frisbee Bootcamps beginning in May in Calgary, Alberta.
Beginning May 1, we will be running a bootcamp for 10 weeks from 6-8p. The bootcamps will be held at Riley Park in Kensington.
The bootcamps will have 2 goals over the course of 10 weeks:
1. Improve your fitness (cardio, endurance, speed, power, recovery, flexibility)
2. Improve your ultimate skills (throwing, catching, cutting, handling, defending, reading the disc, field awareness, rules)
This video, posted with permission by Colin McIntyre, discusses how to get more distance on a backhand.
Note 2: Some people struggle bringing the disc back against their forearm. I grip the disc with my off hand when I do this. But the alignment is the important part of this; not the actual disc-to-forearm contact.
The specifics and mechanics of throwing are the subject of much debate; everyone has their own technique. However, there are undoubtedly core elements, which are key to making good throws; the fact that these may be achieved by a wide variety of styles and approaches means that throwing is more of an art than a science.
The elements that are key to throwing are:
- Feet should be apart (shoulder width) and knees slightly bent (soft)
- Weight should be distributed evenly on both feet
- The thrower should feel relaxed and comfortable
Various clips of Ultimate Rob throwing forehand from his video shoots
I’ve had a lot of questions related to fitness and how to train/get in shape for ultimate. The short answer is: it depends on what your goals are.
That being said, please Contact Me with your specific goals and I will either give you advice or refer you to someone qualified to (Melissa Witmer or Tim Morrill) give you advice on how you can train to be a better player.
This is a great drill for the beginning of practice since it gets everyone working on all of the basics – throwing, catching, cutting and marking. You can also set goals in this drill (i.e. 10 completed throws in a row before switching to a different throw).
Number of players – unlimited number of players; all the discs
Skills emphasized – pivoting, leading a receiver, throwing past a marker, cutting, catching conditioning, marking a thrower (varied marks)
Pivoting is a very workman-like skill that is rarely noticed but is invaluable in allowing a thrower to create enough space to throw. Pivots should be smooth and well directed: generally a pivot is employed once a potential receiver has been identified, otherwise thrashing around making aimless and inefficient pivots may leave a thrower out of position at the crucial moment. Having identified a receiver, throwers should try to establish eye contact with them before pivoting, so that they continue the cut and anticipate a pass rather than aborting their cut because they think they have not been spotted.
Catching is a skill that is often taken for granted and so not coached, when in fact it should be a cornerstone of every player’s development: catching is as much about good technique as any other skill. There is a feeling amongst players that if a receiver gets their hand to the disc, they should catch it. Or course this may not always be fair, but a team that can eliminate drops from its game will prosper. Drops are individual errors and more often than not are the result of poor concentration.
The two most important rules of catching are: