Friday, September 23, 2016

Compilation: USA Ultimate CEO Tom Crawford's Use of "Bake/d" When Describing Ultimate

Articles covering ultimate (Frisbee) over the past 13 months have included a quote from USA Ultimate's CEO Dr Tom Crawford.  His use of "baked" or "bake" is a special ingredient in all of his positive references of the sport of ultimate. Let's review:

Ultimate Frisbee's Surprising Arrival as a Likely Olympic Sport  The New Yorker (August 12, 2015)
"This is like everything that you would want to baked into a sport."


A Sport Without Referees? It's the Ultimate Debate New York Times (June 16, 2016)
"It is baked into the sport."

Ultimate Frisbee battles for 'soul of the sport'  Chicago Tribune (July 4, 2016)
"...baked into ultimate players."

URI hosts U.S. Open for flourishing sport of Ultimate  The Independent (July 7, 2016)
" has baked into it all the things you would put in a sport."


US Ultimate Frisbee players have their eyes on Olympics  PRI (September 14, 2016)
"....everything is baked into this sport that I love about sport."


Tom Crawford's Reddit AMA (July 27, 2016): "I fell in love with ultimate because to me it was the best sport I had ever seen that had all the positive elements of sport fully baked in."


Crawford's use of "baked" can be actually be traced back to early 2011 when at the Ultimate League & Organizers Conference he was heard saying:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Opi Payne's Advice on Playing Ultimate

After winning gold at The 2013 World Games, TEAM USA player Opi Payne wrote: "it's the most mundane things that often make the biggest impacts on the [ultimate] field." (High Release, Issue No. 2; October 2013)

A summation of her advice in Forget About the Highlight Reel:
  • Basic ultimate = beautiful ultimate. And there's nothing boring about that.
  • Play smart. Your brain is as crucial to making a good cut as are your quads and hamstrings.
  • Keep working hard. Better fitness allows you to make those last resort athletic plays, but more importantly, it frees up your energy to use for mental focus.
Additional lessons she learned:
  • Take what the defense is giving you
  • Get good body position
  • Throw with balance
  • Move the mark with fakes
  • Maintain good footwork
  • Match hips on defense

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tournament Food Not Provided To Minimize Health Concerns

At 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regionals, the Men's and Women's division played at Lake Fairfax in Reston, Virginia, players were instructed to BYOF (Bring Your Own Food) to minimize health risks around handling of communal food. Food Trucks were also scheduled to be available.

"Food Truck Information:
In lieu of providing tournament food we have asked teams to bring their own food to cut down on health concerns surrounding communal food handling. However, we have secured a food truck to come each day for concession options for lunch. These are locally owned food trucks and we hope that everyone will take advantage of them."

A D.C. TD indicated USAU supports not providing group food:

Bama Secs tweeted this as a first sign of "Death to field food."

Bananas, bagels and pickles are pretty much the norm at tournaments. From what I recall, bananas have a natural wrapper to protect its fruit from contaminants. I understand one could eat the banana peel, but I choose not to. Bagels seem like a go-to food but only as a vehicle of holding delicious peanut butter. PB packets are an option instead of a peanut butter jar and a knife. By far, the worst offenders are players dipping their dirty, sweaty, bloody, muddy, mangled fingers in the pickle jar. Use the damn tongs! Athletes bring their own food nowadays and food trucks are more prevalent.

What's next? B.Y.O.Water?!

Since we're on the subject of water, here's a PSA for ultimate players.


Water jugs have more opportunity to be contaminated than communal tourney food.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Past Dates of World Junior Ultimate Championships

After the 2018 World Junior Ultimate Championships location was announced, the tournament's dates (August 19-25) were called into question. Specifically, when the ultimate tournament for players under 20 years old is scheduled and its proximity to when Northern Hemisphere school(s) re-open after a summer break.
While "June - September" was the published time frame in WFDF's request for WJUC 2018 bids, the 2018 WJUC is scheduled the latest in the year compared to the previous 8 tournaments.

2002: July 10–13, 2002; Latvia

2004: August 1–4, 2004; Finland

2006: August 13–18, 2006; USA

2008: August 2–9, 2008; Canada

2010: August 3–7, 2010; Germany

2012: August 12–18, 2012; Ireland

2014: July 20–26, 2014; Italy

2016: July 31–August 6, 2016; Poland

2018: August 19–25, 2018; Canada

Monday, September 19, 2016

Ultimate Tournament Director Appreciation Day

Today is Ultimate Tournament Director Appreciation Day!

From local leagues to national events; from hats to Worlds, ultimate tournaments happen because of these hardworking individuals. Tournament Directors (TDs) do so much – schedule, budget, plan, setup, field lining, feeding, measuring, calling, emailing, confirming, directing, cleanup, score reporting and so much more – to organize competition for the sport of ultimate. For these reasons, September 19th is a day to take time to appreciate Ultimate Tournament Directors.

Want to celebrate Ultimate Tournament Director Appreciation day?
Post an appreciative message on social media, and tag your TD &/or the tournament.

Use the hashtag "#UltimateTD" so everyone can follow the conversation.

Copy and post any of these Ultimate T.D. Appreciation Day images into your social media.

Design your own image for Ultimate Tournament Director Appreciation Day and post it somewhere online.

Hug &/or high-five your TD (if you see them in-person).

Why celebrate Ultimate Tournament Director Appreciation day?
Join this grassroots movement to publicly recognize these important leaders in the sport of ultimate.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Flatball Documentary Gets a Movie Trailer

Flatball Film published a movie trailer for its history of the sport of ultimate.

Flatball was recently shown at a private screening at the Google headquarters The film was crowdfunded in March 2014 will be narrated by Alec Baldwin. The movie poster was finalized back in fall 2015.

The film is listed in IMDb as being 90 minutes long as sports documentary. The storyline reads: "A feature length documentary exploring the origins and rise of one of the world's fastest growing sports, through the lens of one of the sport's greatest players." That great player is USA Ultimate Hall of Famer Dennis 'Cribber' Warsen.