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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.

Health Care & the Triple Crown

Malissa Lundgren, Ultimate Canada’s 2011 Female Athlete of the Year and one of the captains of the Capitals, a women’s ultimate team from Toronto/Ottawa Ontario, Canada, talks about the unintended consequences of playing in USA Ultimate’s Triple Crown Tour in 2013 because they are talking about offering prize money to the winning teams.

What this means is that they are essentially professional players and as such, health care won’t cover physio and other treatment which is currently covered and for the amount of money that is being proposed to the winning teams, it raises some interesting questions about whether or not it’s worth the cost/risk of traveling to compete.

Triple Crown Tour Discussion

Malissa Lundgren, Ultimate Canada’s 2011 Female Athlete of the Year and one of the captains of the Capitals, a women’s ultimate team from Toronto/Ottawa Ontario, Canada, talks about USA Ultimate’s proposed Triple Crown Tour in 2013 and what that means for Canadian Ultimate.

Malissa is a huge proponent of development and fears that the Triple Crown Tour might affect the development of the competitive Canadian Ultimate players who are forced to choose between traveling to the US more than was required in past years.

More information on the Triple Crown can be found via the following links:

 

Another Pro League – Too Much?

With Nexgen proposing a new professional league, that now brings it into competition with the AUDL, the MLU and possibly USA Ultimate’s Triple Crown.

Here is a great podcast from Ultiworld discussing the implications of Nexgen’s proposed league: http://soundcloud.com/ultiworld/deep-look.

Read more about Nexgen’s league here: http://ultiworld.com/2012/12/03/top-club-captains-reaction-to-the-nexgen-proposal and here: http://ultiworld.com/2012/12/03/usau-the-audl-mlu-and-nexgen-understanding-the-distinctions-between-the-leagues.

I would love to hear what you think of Nexgen’s announcement and the other pro leagues. Do you think it’s too much?

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.

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.

Favourite Frisbee Quotes

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.

USA Ultimate College Championships – Too Many Calls Being Made

As the title alludes to, there was too many calls being made during the USA Ultimate College Open Championships between Florida and Carleton (which Florida won fyi). In typical college ultimate fashion, there was a lot of hucks, a lot of d’s and a lot of calls.

Which leads me to the topic of this post – the calls.

The game had 4 observers, who were making active calls like line, down disc and stall count violations. However, they were also stepping in when they felt that the the play was going to get out of hand. Which I think is cool. Don’t want the game to escalate and have fights happen.