Poll: When you compete, how much of your routine is planned?

ColoradicalsWhen I competed in my first event in 1996, The Beast took me under his wing and taught me how to think about competition. Since we had only met the day before we came up with 3 co-ops for the routine. That was 3 more than I had ever come up with before. From there, my routine preparation slowly grew towards more choreography.

At the 1999 FPA World Championships, Matt and I had 4 opening co-ops. Then we went spawn until a “half way” time call. We had 2 co-ops for that. Then spawn, finishing up with 2 co-ops at a “30 seconds” time call.

At the 2001 FPA World Championships, Matt and I had every moment of the routine planned out, with the exception of our 4 indies. No time calls where needed. At the time, that was our best finish, 4th.

Based on that experience, it might seem that fully choreographed routines are the way to the top. However, I have also had many successes that were 100% spontaneous. Matt and my first win at California states, for example, or recently at Frisbeer 2013. Never won and FPA worlds without choreography though.

After listening to Bill talk about the Coloradicals journey towards choreography, hearing the various approaches of the teams at Frisbeer 2017, and reflecting upon my own history, a question comes to mind.

When you compete, how much of your routine is planned ahead of time?

When you compete, how much of your routine is planned ahead of time?

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Tell us in the comments, do you think choreography increases a team’s chances of doing well?

Bad Attitude

In this video, I explain how I catch a bad attitude. For another example, check out Lori’s video. The catch is useful one because it uses a unique body position where the player stands upright on one leg and catches the disc around the ankle of the other leg. This gives it visual appeal from a variety perspective.

The AttitudeBad attitude is named after the dance position called attitude, except it’s a bad version of it. I am the perfect example of how bad the attitude can be. My flexibility is limited so the window to make the catch is very small. Besides stretching, what helps me are two things. First I stand on, or jump from one leg and then bend at the hip to bring the catching hip upwards. This means I don’t have to bend the catching hip as far back. Next, I rotate so the catching hip forward which means I can get my hand around my foot and ankle just a little easier.

Sue StraitOf course when I do it, it’s not so pretty. But, when done properly, it can be quite beautiful. Here’s Sue Straight showing us a proper bad attitude. Don’t worry if you don’t look like Sue. The bad attitude is a fun, explosive, and surprising catch that will grab attention no matter your form.

Episode 6: Birth of the Coloradicals

Coloradicals

Doug Brannigan, Bill Wright, and Rick Castiglia

We interview Bill Wright and learn about the birth of the Coloradicals, the iconic Freestyle team of Bill Wright, Rick Castiglia, and Doug Brannigan.

  • Find out the origin of the Coloradicals & the inception of the delay.
  • The birth of the Blur, and spinning catches.
  • For you youngsters, find out how in heck you set up your music in the 1970’s.
  • Hear how choreographed routines evolved for this team and listen to Bill share his memories about qualifying (and winning!) the 1980 Rose Bowl as a college senior.
  • “Wow, I am a world Frisbee champion from Colorado. That’s amazing!”

Poll: Audience for the Jam

There was a summer when the Portland crew was determined to find a new jammer. We put up a sign at every jam and made focused efforts to talk to anyone who stopped. Yet for all the effort, no new people became jammers. However, there was some success. We talked to many people. Some people did learn what freestyle was. Another couple borrowed a disc and played catch on their own for 30 minutes or so. I taught at least one boy to air brush a whiz ring. I’m afraid to say that since that summer we’ve lost some of our motivation to talk to those who stop and watch.

This weeks poll: When someone stops to watch the jam, do you stop to engage with them?

When someone stops to watch the jam, do you stop to engage with them?

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If you are a person who engages, what do you say? Has anyone had success bringing in a new jammer this way?

Word of the Day – Hoop

Bill HoopHoop (noun)

  1. A frisbee trick that involves creating a hoop or circle by touching the fingertips together and extending the elbows. Then a disc in flight travels through the hoop. The disc in not touched by the player.
  2. Sometimes used to describe any class of tricks that involve interacting with the disc without touching it.

Episode 5 – Featuring the Frisbeer Cup 2017 Winners


Frisbeer Cup 2017In this episode we talk with all the winners from Frisbeer Cup 2017. See all the results here.



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Jam Canaria Hat Round Competitor List

Jam Canaria 2017Open Pairs is determined by Hat draw. The pools and teams are a surprise so won’t be available until after they play. These are the players who will be randomly paired up:

Alexander Enhuber
Amir Hoshen
Andre Zaharias
Andrea Festi
Andrea Piemontese
Andrea Sarti
Anna Merlo
Ayal Benin
Benjamin Edelmann
Bianca Strunz
Daniel O’Neill
Daniel Weinbuch
Dario Marioni
David Tomiak
Dennis Vollmer
Edoardo Gargano
Edoardo Turri
Edoardo Turri
Francesco Santolin
Freddy Finner
Giulia Aretano
Ilka Simon
Jakub Hosek
Jakub Kostel
Jakub Matula
Jakub Sedlak
James Wiseman
Jose Rodriguez
Juliana Korver
Marc Pestotnik
Mattia Colombari
Mattia Lambertini
Mehrdad Hosseinian
Morris Starling
Ofir Almog
Oliver Peters
Pablo Rada
Ryan Young
Sascha Höhne
Silvina Porsch
Stefan Dünkel
Thomas Nötzel
Tim Pattberg
Tobias Gebert
Toby Künzel
Tomer Adar
Waldemar Wagner
Woo Wunder
Yarden Borkow
Yuval Reikoren
Ziv Lavy

Watch Jam Canaria 2017 Live

Jam Canaria 2017

Are you feeling sad because Frisbeer is over? Console yourself by watching Jam Canaria live! Mystiq will be onsite at Jam Canaria bringing you the action. Mystiq, we owe you a big thanks!

Jam Canaria is taking place on the beach on the island of Gran Canaria. This is the first Freestyle event to take place in Spain. Being hosted the weekend after Frisbeer, Jam Canaria has attracted many of the same top players. With Jam Canaria being on the beach, it will demand a different skill set from the indoor venue of Frisbeer. The wind will be a factor. Click here to tune in and find out how the competitors adjust and to see some heinous beach freestyle.

Watch

May 11 @ 16:15 UTC + 0 – Open Pairs Semi
May 12 @ 17:00 UTC + 0 – Open Pairs Finals
times tentative