When 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?
Tell us in the comments, do you think choreography increases a team’s chances of doing well?
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.
Bad 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.
Of 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.
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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!”
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?
If you are a person who engages, what do you say? Has anyone had success bringing in a new jammer this way?
Top 2 from each pool make the finals. Finals Pool. Watch Live.
Mattia Lambertini Silvina Porsch
Waldemar Wagner Yuval Reikoren
Pablo Rada Woo Wunder
Ilka Simon Dennis Vollmer
Andrea Sarti Andrea Piemontese
Yarden Borkow Ryan Young
James Wiseman Mattia Colombari
Sascha Höhne Marc Pestotnik
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In this episode we talk with all the winners from Frisbeer Cup 2017. See all the results here.
- Mehrdad Hosseinian – Paul Kenny – Open Pairs
- Ilka Simon – Paul Kenny – Mixed Pairs
- Ilka Simon – Anna Merlo – Women’s Pairs
- Rick LeBau – Juliana Korver – Challenger Pairs
- Naïm Megassabi – Steffen Verstichel – Battle
- Florian Hess – Alex Leist – Christian Lamred – CoOp
Battle coming soon
Open 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:
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.
May 11 @ 16:15 UTC + 0 – Open Pairs Semi
May 12 @ 17:00 UTC + 0 – Open Pairs Finals