women’s ultimate

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.

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).

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.

Changing the Team Strategy

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.

Capitals Ultimate 2013 Season Outline

We’ve been working with USA Ultimate on the new Triple Crown Tour (TCT), as well as Caps from the 2012 fall season to put together an exciting 2013 strategy and schedule.  This is a little different than years in the past but was built to take into consideration a lot of factors with a focus on 2 key objectives:

  1. Ensure a strong Capitals team will participate in the 2013 TCT, keeping the spot we fought hard to earn last fall!
  2. Ensure the opportunity for players to participate on Caps and on their respective club teams.

Valuing Women Role Models in Sport

One of the things that drew me to ultimate was the many nuances of gender equality that are embedded within the sport. One example is the mixed division – a division in which men and women play high-caliber ultimate together on one team. Another example is the ‘Open’ division, which is open to all genders and all ages.

My appreciation for equality in ultimate was reinvigorated last week when Ultimate Canada announced the addition of the Women’s Master’s division in CUCs for Vancouver, 2013. This was reminiscent of the excitement when Canada agreed to send its first-ever women’s master’s team (+30yrs of age) to Japan to compete at the World Ultimate and Guts Championships 2012.

On Beginnings

I’ve been having a lot of conversations with college players as they process the end of their season and begin regrouping for whatever comes next.  As tough as endings can be, with them come new beginnings, and those can be tough as well. It’s a bit hard to summarize all of my thoughts on this topic, especially as I struggle through endings and beginnings myself, but I thought I’d share a bit of Melee ’08 with you as your team begins the next part of its journey.

The Privilege of Being a College Captain

This season, I’ve had the privilege of serving as a sounding board for a number of college captains. (I say privilege because I don’t take their trust lightly, and listening to their struggles also means that I get to see their victories.) I definitely don’t have magical solutions for them, but I’m always happy to give them an outside perspective, help them frame their situations positively, as well as just listen, because often, all they need is someone to talk to.

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:

 

Malissa Lungren Intro & 2012 Recap

Malissa Lundgren, Ultimate Canada’s 2011 Female Athlete of the Year, recently sat down with me to answer some questions about women’s ultimate, being a captain for one of the top women’s teams in the world, having the chance to represent her country on the world stage and what she thinks the future of women’s ultimate is like.

In this video Malissa introduces herself and gives a recap on how 2012 was for her ultimate wise. Subscribe to be notified when the other videos from her interview are added!

Pay It Forward

The first international clinic for Without Limits in Toronto on April 15, 2012 marked the official end of the spring season for me.  I thought I’d write about the idea of paying it forward, something which has been a cornerstone of my work for the past half a dozen years.  I mention it in this interview with Ultimate Interviews.

One of my mottos is “Pay it forward.” My hope is to cultivate a group of players and teams who are able to think bigger than themselves. I hope that my investment in them leads them to invest in others, and that the end result is something beyond what we can even imagine.

Ultimate Project #1

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.