Word of the Day- Rerev

Rerev (verb): The act of air brushing a disc with the sole intention of adding spin. As a disc’s spin begins to slow down it ultimately must be caught or it will no longer be able stay in flight. To extend a series of tricks, one option players have is to rerev the disc. To rerev, a player will brush the disc, repeatedly, adding spin with each brush until the disc is spinning as if it were just thrown. This skill can be useful during a competition where a mistake has caused the spin of the disc to slow earlier than intended. A rerev can extend the combination to make it to the next choreography queue. While some players feel that a rerev is a break in flow and thus try to keep it out of their games as much as possible; other player seamlessly integrate rereving as a part of their style.

 

Matt Shows the Equipment that Freestylers Use

In this video Matt shows us the basic equipment needed for Freestyle Frisbee. This is really the video version of one of the oldest articles on this site. This video is perfect for someone who want to get started with Freestyle but doesn’t have a friend to show them the ropes. Nice job Matt!

Here’s his list:

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  1. A disc with a smooth bottom. Many discs have raised lettering, which is bad for the nail delay. Most Freestyler prefer the Discraft Sky-Styler. Purchase here.
  2. Slick in the form of silicon spray or grease. This is used to make the disc’s plastic less sticky. Purchase here.
  3. A slick rag. This is used to wipe down and spread out excess slick. Find one in your sock drawer.
  4. Fake Nails. These provide a stronger surface on which to nail delay the disc. Purchase here.
  5. Super glue. This is how the fake nails are attached to your natural nail. Purchase some popular brands: Krazy Glue and Uhu.
    1. An alternative to glue is double sided tape. Check here for more details.

Episode 62: When Dan Roddick Becomes Stork

Stork Throws a Wrist Flip

In this episode, Stork tells the story of how he got his nick name.

  • Jake shares his “hot” travel adventures from the Big Island.
  • It was while Dan was playing an epic Ultimate Frisbee match-up in 1974; Rutgers vs. Princeton, that a huge crowd gathered and started chanting ‘stork, stork, stork.’
  • Dan made some assumptions about why he got that nick name, since he was all legs.
  • Learn how this unique match up lead to features on local new stations and even an article in the New York Times.
  • It also led Dan to a gig doing demos for the Philadelphia Sixers and uncovering the true origin of his nick name. 
  • Find out about Randy and Jakes nick names. 

 

  • Do you have a nick name, and if so, what is the origin?

 

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Here are photos from Jake’s Big Island adventure.

Stork has has been featured on other podcasts, here and here.

Enjoy some vintage video of Stork and John Kirkland playing frisbee on the beach.

 

Meet Lori Daniels

Meet Lori Daniels. We caught up with her at The Jammers 2017. Lori is a four time world title holder and a long time member of the Freestyle Player’s Association Board of Directors. She’s also the primary editor of this site (she keeps my spelling errors under control) and is my lovely wife. Learn more about Lori:

Addressing the Disc

Addressing the DiscI was practicing my counter airbrushing in high wind the other day and I had an “ah ha!” moment. You see, I have been great at brushing clock in high wind for a while, but only recently have I decided to seriously practice counter in high wind. In the past I was happy to have just enough counter skill so I could control the disc to pass or immediately catch it. More recently, I’ve decided it’s time to master counter. It’s actually quite challenging, but in a different way then when I learned clock. Now when the wind is high – I know I can brush clock all day long and have a blast. But, if I start brushing the disc counter, after two or three brushes, it soon drops or blows away. Maximum frustration.

So, the other day the wind was up past my comfort zone with counter. I decided to “pay my dues” and just keep at it, no matter how frustrating it got. This is what lead me to my “aha!” moment. I found that when the disc was getting away from me, when I had to make my maximum effort to get to it, I’d arrive to a place where I could reach it, but not at a place where I had options to make a save. I was literally putting myself out of position to make the play.

“Why is this, what am I doing wrong?” I asked myself. One of the most important skills I had learned early on was to judge where the disc was going to land, then calculate where I could meet it before it hit the ground, and then run straight to that point. This was the skill I was applying, but it was letting me down.

I had apparently learned a more nuanced skill with clock spin, but not realized it. The spin of the disc changes how the disc flies through the air. More wind makes this even more pronounced. A clock disc will tilt to the left (forcing my body to twist toward the right) and a counter disc will tilt to the right (forcing my body to twist to the left). The tilting of the disc, of course, changes the flight path, but it changes another thing as well: the it’s direction relative to the wind, i.e. where the nose is pointing.

As I pursued the counter spinning disc, I was considering the flight path, but not the disc’s direction to the wind. My muscle memory for clock spin was causing me to arrive at the counter spinning disc with the nose pointing off to my left, leaving me with limited options. I needed to not only meet the disc, but meet it at a place where I had the maximum options for addressing it. In other words, I had to get “behind it”, which is a different place for counter than it is for clock.

Making this adjustment was quite challenging. It was a little like fighting against an instinct. The more I forced it, the easier it got and soon I found options for saving the disc that were not there before. As this adjustment became more natural, I started to see the counter spinning disc falling into the pocket for more catches! This shift in thinking opened up my counter brushing game and gave me a deeper level of insight into freestyle skills.

If you are working on your brushing game, here’s a tip: as you pursue the disc, consider it’s flight path and it’s tilt relative to the wind and run straight to the place that gives you the most options. I call this place “behind the disc.” This way, as you brush it back up into the wind, the nose will be pointing away from you, causing the disc to float out, and then right back to you. 

Need some more airbrushing advice? Here are some great videos and another informative article.

Episode 61: Joey Hudoklin Returns to Describe His Once in a Lifetime Tipping Combo

Joey Inside Kick

  • In Joey’s last episode, he left us hanging with only a brief description of his once in a lifetime tipping combo. Today he gives us the detail we have all been waiting for. It is hard to know how difficult it is because it looks so effortless.
  • Find out who Joey wishes he’d had a chance to compete with.
  • Jake asks Joey about Craig Smith, who was a huge influence on Joey. 
  • Hear what Joey’s most satisfying tournament results were, his favorite routines, who he partnered with, and how the planets aligned.
  • Have you ever cried tears of joy while playing Frisbee?

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Dani Demonstrates How to Attach a Fake Nail with Double Sided Tape

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There are many techniques to applying fake nails for jamming. I usually glue them on with Krazy Glue. In this video, Dani show’s his technique of using double sided tape from Uhu. This is perfect for those who don’t want to or can’t use glue. 

If you’re looking for tips on the equipment needed to get started with Freestyle, check out this article. If you have any questions, leave a comment below, or contact us directly. We’d love to help!

Appendix from Dani: after a couple more years of experience, it is recommended to use a nail-polish block to shine your own nail (until really shiny). That way there is no need for any isopropanol. It’s very fast, more effective and less chemicals on your nails. It holds days, but can still be taken off without harming your own nail (as it can occur with super glue). Perfect for beginners and pros in my opinion. Please share your experience!

Episode 60: John Kirkland and the Harlem Globetrotters

  • Prior to hearing John Kirkland share the time-line of his Frisbee journey in amazing detail, Randy and Jake ask each other if they remember their first tournaments. Jake has pretty good recall; Randy, not as much.
  • John shares a life changing experience when he and Victor Malafronte used to open in front of huge audiences for the Harlem Globetrotters.
  • John cherishes his memory of playing at Madison Square Garden, which turned out to be one of the many pivotal moments of Frisbee becoming a sport.
  • Hear how Randy’s youthful long hair influenced his future.
  • Hear how Jakes hair story is exactly the opposite.
  • Whatever your hair, or lack thereof, let your freak flag fly!