Monday, February 28, 2011

2011 Organizers Conference by USAU

USA Ultimate convened a very full 2-day conference for league organizers in DC this past weekend. There were nearly 100 registrants mostly from the US, and also Canada. The conference had sponsorship from FiveUltimate and SAVAGEUltimate - both handed out some serious amounts of schwag. Overall, a great opportunity to share best practices, lessons learned and network with fellow league organizers!

See the extensive presentation lineup at the very bottom. Some meeting highlights:



  • Real-time updates: #USAUoc
  • The difference between "play" vs "display" in sports (Keynote speaker Jay Coakley)
  • Ken Dobyns was there
  • The demo of the jumping “wrist-flip” [forehand] (Eric Sholom Simon)
  • Exciting future for Ultimate by USAU’s CEO (Tom Crawford)
    > Seeking non-endemic sponsors
    > Current (2010) USAU membership #s: More Youth than Adult!
    > Expect expanded coverage of Ultimate College Nationals on CBS
    > Expect a 5-day international event "US OPEN" - education, clinics, skills, festival + competition
    > Expect extensive youth + education programs "Learn to Play"
    > GOAL: 100,000 new youth Ultimate players by 2020

  • List of Presentations + Presenters...
    KEYNOTE - PRESERVING PLAY: THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE
    Jay Coakley, University of Colorado

    USA ULTIMATE: AN EXCITING EVOLUTION IS UNDERWAY
    Tom Crawford, CEO USA Ultimate

    MEDIA, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
    Andy Lee, USA Ultimate

    1. ULTIMATE, THE GREAT GREEN GAME: SUSTAINABILITY TACTICS FOR LEAGUE, CLUB AND ULTIMATE EVENTS
    2. LEAGUE GROWTH - THE WHAT IF, WHENS AND HOWS
    3. LEAGUE DEVELOPMENT - TIME TO GET SOME PAID HELP?

    Jeff Malmgren, Vancouver Ultimate League

    1. MANAGING VALUABLE VOLUNTEERS
    2. CREATING MEANINGFUL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Michael Hechter, WAFC

    LIABILITY & RISK
    Chuck Delich, Wells Fargo

    1. HOW TO START A DAY CAMP
    2. YOUTH ULTIMATE COACHES: ARE YOU A TEACHER OR A DUDE?

    Tiina Booth, NUTC

    BUILDING A ROBUST YOUTH LEAGUE
    Lindsey Hack, TYUL

    BEST FOOT FORWARD/WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY
    Marjorie McMahon, PADA with: Daniel Naylor, MCUDL; Darren Shultz, CPU; Julie Serfass, WAFC

    ALL-AGES ULTIMATE EVENTS - ADMINISTRATIVE AND SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES
    William Bartram, DiscNW

    THE DEFINITION OF SOTG - FINDING SIMPLE LANGUAGE FOR A COMPLEX CONCEPT
    David Barkan, Ultimate Peace

    PANEL: MAKING SENSE OF SOTG IN ULTIMATE TODAY
    Panel: Will Deaver, USA Ultimate; Meredith Tosta, USA Ultimate; Lindsey Hack, TYUL
    David Barkan, Ultimate Peace

    Thursday, February 24, 2011

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    Where in the World?

    worldlyPaying homage to the worldly mobility of Sludge...


    Today's Feature: Joe

    Q: Where in the World is Joe?

    A: Joe is in India.



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    Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    Between a Truck & a Noisemaker

    pink frisbeeStuck between the Tonka Truck (#31) and the "noisemaker on a stick" Corn Popper (#33), the Frisbee is respected with the 32nd most influential toy.


    All-TIME 100 Greatest Toys
    TIME picks the 100 most influential toys from 1923 to the present

    #32: The Frisbee's history began in Bridgeport, Conn., where Yale University students played catch with pie plates from the local Frisbie Baking Co. The story goes that they used to yell, "Frisbie!" to warn others walking nearby to look out for the airborne plates. Inspired by the UFO obsession that swept through American culture in the late 1940s, two men, Warren Franscioni and Walter Morrison, created a plastic version of the soaring disk, calling it a Flying Saucer. It was sold under that name until Wham-O purchased the rights in 1955 and renamed it the Frisbee, an ode to the bakery that inspired it. Since the early 1960s, hundreds of millions of Frisbees have been sold, with leagues and tournaments dedicated to the sport.

    Friday, February 18, 2011

    Time Flies


    Poor Milhouse! It's not quite "Ultimate"; it takes more to make it 100% Ultimate frisbee.

    Poached from: website

    Wednesday, February 16, 2011

    Comparison: Angry Birds vs. Ultimate

    angry birds ultimate How the video game Angry Birds is similar to Ultimate frisbee:

    • Game starts with a PULL

    • Can PICKUP & play

    • Very POPULAR

    • One THROW at a time

    • Flight ANGLE is important

    • An OFFENSIVE strategy is essential

    • Not all THROWS are on-target

    • A defense protects an area on the PLAYFIELD

    • POINTS are scored

    • Effective throws breakdown the DEFENSE
    Any others parallels?

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    UPDATED: Copy the image below to share...
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    Tuesday, February 15, 2011

    Recruitment



    Brian, the Redskins fan, with frisbee football NFL player Michael Ohler of the Baltimore Ravens; famous for "The Blindside" movie.

    Monday, February 14, 2011

    In-Decision: Spring 2011

    peace.joy.frisbeeCH warns informs:
    WAFC has sent out the first announcement of spring league...So, it is incumbent upon me to relay and ask the big questions....

    Is it time to retire the Sludge on the field (not referring to polo fields goose poop) banner?

    Nothing else to do with your Saturdays?

    Core group wants to continue & use the trademark?

    Time to replace dictatorial leadership?

    Need supply of material for ma hectah and SLOG?

    Please reply for confidential ballot &/or ReplyToAll for lobbying porpoises

    Pace Yourself

    wrose frisbeeThe essence of what Phil Collins (or Dianna Ross) sings "You can't hurry love" can be applied to the stall count in Ultimate.

    Per USAU's 11th Edition rules:

    XIV. The Marker
    A. Stalling:
    The period of time within which a thrower must release a throw may be timed by the stall count.
    1.The stall count consists of announcing “stalling” and counting from one to ten loudly enough for the thrower to hear.
    a. The interval between the first utterance of each number in the stall count must be at least one second.
    b. All stall counts initiated, reinitiated or resumed after a stoppage of play must start with the word “stalling.”
    c. If the count resets to one during a stoppage of play, it is considered a new count.

    ....

    B. Marking Violations:
    1. Fast count:

    a. If the marker does not say “stalling” to initiate or resume a stall count, counts at intervals of less than one second, or skips a number in the count, it is a fast count.
    b.If a fast count occurs in such a manner that the thrower does not have a reasonable opportunity to call “fast count” before the first utterance of the word “ten,” the play is treated as a contested stall (XIV.A.3.b).
    c.If this (XIV.B.1.b) occurs in the same possession following a contested stall (either due to XIV.B.1.a or XIV.A.3.b), the stall count resumes at six.

    Loving Support

    TIS backer Sludge officially became a financial "BACKER" of the flying disc flick - described here last year.

    Thanks for helping us to make this lovestory VISIBLE on the big screen! In order to help the movie to take its final steps, the pledged money will go into post-production, music licensing and the final 35mm master-copy of the movie. The Invisible String will be shown in international movie theaters and screened at film festivals in 2011. JOIN US on this unique trip and become involved with the very first feature-length movie about the joy of play!

    This documentary will be a journey into the hearts and minds of the people that started this movement and the subsequent individuals, whom all have paved the way for its continuing global development.

    The Invisible String will feature the most influential players in the US, Europe and Japan. It's a documentary about their personal stories, the fascination of flight and the joy of play with a flying disc. We follow the footsteps from the very beginnings of pie tin tossing to the biggest international play-togethers of today. We explain why Australians threw orange peels at Frisbee players, why the Japanese love sidearms, and how the Alien Birth Ritual fits into this context? You will find out!

    Apart from the overwhelming support from the disc community, we are happy to have signed an international distribution contract with the renowned Boomtown Media Berlin and the production company Joroni Film. The filming and pre-production was supported by the national Mediaboard Berlin/Brandenburg. We have finished shooting and are in the process of post-production.

    Friday, February 11, 2011

    Sweet Dreams

    Hit the hay? Or, dream of a beach layout? Both!

    This remains one of the best frisbee-related V-Day gifts -- Layout For Love - Pillowcase Gift Set [Set of Two]


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    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    Just In Case

    iCase
    Protective iPhone Cases

    Info: Ultimate frisbee-themed hard, snap & clear cases for the iPhone.

    Price: $25

    Wednesday, February 09, 2011

    Grabbage

    cabbageSarah shares a proven (& White House-approved) soup recipe.

    Cabbage Soup:

    1) Start by making smothered cabbage.
    Ingredients:
    1 lb chopped cabbage
    1/2 - 1 onion
    1 tbsp vinegar
    1/2 c. olive oil

    2) Soften onion in olive oil. Stir in cabbage & vinegar & cook for 1.5 hrs.

    3) Next, prepare a broth.
    Ingredients:
    (vegans omit the last 2 items--"still pretty good")
    3 cups broth
    2/3 cup rice (arborio or some other short-grained)
    2 T. butter
    1/3 cup parmesan

    4) Put cabbage into pot with broth, bring to boil & add rice. Stir occasionally until rice is just done. May need to add extra water or stock. Add butter & cheese.

    5) Stir.

    6) Eat.

    OrBIT

    frisbee morrison
    Today marks the one year anniversary of the passing of Walter "Fred" Morrison (1920 - 2010).

    Tuesday, February 08, 2011

    veriPhone

    utlicaseVerizon & Apple will start taking iPhone 4 pre-orders again at 3 a.m. ET Wednesday, Feb 9, and stores will open early Thursday, Feb 10 to kick off the retail Verizon iPhone sales.
    Apple announced the iPhone4 suffers from reception issues based on how they’re grasped. This issue highlights properly gripping a disc to optimize reception (catches).

    Thankfully, Frisbees are expertly designed so they do not have a lower left-hand corner. Follow these grips & keep reception loss to minimum. More...

    Monday, February 07, 2011

    Favorable Odds

    whatchaknow?Final results of your bold Superbowl predictions are in:

    Predicted Winning Team --- Qty

    Steelers --- 3
    Packers -- 5


    Green Bay won 31-25 over Pittsburgh. Gayle, Brian, CH, Sarah & Joe (5 out of 8 commenters) chose correctly by selecting the favored team. Brian (15 to 10) was closest to the point margin [6)] while CH (27 to 17) was the most on-point with the actual score [31-25].

    Rabbit New Year

    Above: A vintage collectible ultimate tournament disc from 1982. A cool Allison in Wonderland variation design on the Wham-O 82-E mold. This was originally the Wham-O 80 mold and was re-tooled a few times to eventually become this 82-E mold. Colors: White & Yellow.
    Allow me to be the first to wish you: Gong Xi Fa Cai (Happy Chinese New Year) - year of the rabbit!

    Thursday, February 03, 2011

    WINter or Lose your Footing

    snowltimateWith the midwest and northeast received another reminder it's still winter, here's some advice when you go play snowltimate (Ultimate in the snow).

    Cut carefully
    Keep your shoulders over your knees, or else you’ll lose it. You want a straight line from your shoulder down through your knees to your feet.

    Juke like crazy
    Defenders face a disadvantage playing on a slick field. Use stutter steps & head shakes - they’ll have trouble recovering and keeping their footing.

    Wednesday, February 02, 2011

    Shadow Cast

    twt

    PrediXLV

    sbudge
    The matchup of NFL's Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday, February 6th, 2011 in Dallas, TX has 2 storied franchises from the AFC & NFC -- Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers.

    Let the PREDICTIONS begin...
    (Enter your picks in Comments)

    1. Who wins the game - Steelers /or/ Packers?
    2. What's the final score??
    + include some sort of ID in your prediction /or/ comment +

    History of Predictions: 2007 . 2008 . 2009 . 2010

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