Episode 68: The Stork Flies Again; An Indian Summer with Extra Herbal Sauce

Stork and Sally Struthers

  • Jake and Randy follow up on the moves they discussed they wanted to work on over the year.
  • Hear about some of Stork’s inspirations over the years, who knew it would turn to a discussion of spandex.
  • It also leads to more philosophical discussions about transcendent moments while playing.
  • Stork talks us through some of his observations from various players and trends from the 70’s and ‘80’s.
  • Jake and Randy demonstrate their freestyle geekery.  Did you enhance or erode your reputation the last time you played or competed?

There are new t-shirts available in new colors as well as a “Guru Hand” with all our favorite freestyle lingo.  Check them out on frisbeeguru.com/store!

The Jammers 2018 Results

James Wiseman, Lori Daniels, Rank: 1, Points: 3216.4, Details: Todd: 982.0  Carl: 992.4  Joel: 1242.1  
Larry Imperriale, Connie Bond, Rank: 2, Points: 2751.6, Details: Joel: 1023.5  Carl: 920.2  Todd: 807.9  
Cindy St. Mary, Tony Pellicane, Rank: 3, Points: 2538.9, Details: Joel: 1035.9  Todd: 610.0  Carl: 893.0  
Daniel O’Neil, Bethany Sanchez, Rank: 4, Points: 2310.8, Details: Joel: 935.4  Todd: 561.6  Carl: 813.9 

 

Daniel O’Neil, Joey, Rank: 1, Points: 2854.7, Details: Joel: 1131.8  Todd: 899.5  Carl: 823.4  
James, Ryan, Rank: 2, Points: 2817.2, Details: Carl: 894.7  Todd: 764.3  Joel: 1158.2  
Paul, Larry, Rank: 3, Points: 2699.2, Details: Todd: 788.1  Carl: 823.2  Joel: 1087.8  
Pablo, Tito, Rank: 4, Points: 2633.5, Details: Carl: 741.3  Todd: 870.8  Joel: 1021.4  
Jonathan, Jeff, Rank: 5, Points: 2337.3, Details: Carl: 770.2  Todd: 678.0  Joel: 889.1  
Cindy, Kim, Rank: 6, Points: 2153.3, Details: Todd: 574.9  Joel: 855.5  Carl: 722.9  
Jim, Mike, Tony, Rank: 7, Points: 2138.7, Details: Carl: 700.9  Todd: 547.9  Joel: 889.9  
Dan Yarnell, Steve, Rank: 8, Points: 2029.0, Details: Todd: 597.6  Carl: 689.4  Joel: 741.9  
Lori, Charles, Rank: 9, Points: 1582.9, Details: Joel: 600.9  Todd: 366.4  Carl: 615.6  
Bernie, Connie, Rank: 10, Points: 1535.3, Details: Todd: 392.1  Carl: 551.4  Joel: 591.9  
Craig, Chuck, Rank: 11, Points: 1497.1, Details: Carl: 497.4  Todd: 433.0  Joel: 566.7 

New T-Shirt Design and Colors

It’s been about a year since we introduced the FrisbeeGuru T-Shirt an opened our store. Since then, many of you have purchased shirts and mugs and joined the Wall of Gurus. In celebration of the one year anniversary and of all the great support and feedback we’ve received from you, we are introducing some new items.

First up is a new set of colors with a yellow circle. With this we complete the rainbow and can match any color pallet for your tournament or jamming wardrobe.

Next up is a new T-Shirt design. It’s a word cloud Freestyle Frisbee terminology in the shape of a hand. With this T-Shirt you can proudly display your love for Freestyle Frisbee and entice your friends to ask, “what is a nail delay?” Who knows, maybe this will be what leads someone into our fine sport.

Remember, all proceeds go directly to supporting our mission, so don’t hesitate to check out our store. We thank you for your support! Don’t forget to tune in to The Jammers 2018 Live stream. You might even see me wearing one of these fine shirts on the stream 😉

Episode 67: Joey Hudoklin Goes with the Flow

Joey Hudoklin

Photo by Scott Star

  • Randy calls out a couple great players that deserve to be recognized.
  • Joey talks about competing indoors vs. outdoors. There are a couple different schools of thought, as you all know.
  • He also comments on shorter vs. longer routines stating that flexibility might be a good direction to go in.
  • Joey takes it a step further and brainstorms ways that the categories could change to shake things up and reward different styles.
  • Have you heard of the 24 second clock? Joey shares Craig Smith’s concept and how it can be applied.
  • For new players, he encourages them to master the fundamentals. It is amazing how this philosophy can be applied to life.
  • Randy and Jake get a little out there, but we still love them.

Jammers in Jacksonville will be live streamed next weekend, hope you’ll tune in.

Impressions from VA States 2018

Bret Schramek at VA States 2018

Photo by Scott Holter

I was unable to attend Virginia States 2018. Fortunately for us, Alex Cornwell attended for the first time in his life. There is something special about Virginia States that is almost indescribable. If you have not yet gone, I highly recommend you go as soon as you can. Not surprisingly, Alex was inspired by his first experience there and has offered up the story below.

 

On 4/28/2018-4/30/2018 I went to Virginia for my first time at the Virginia State Championships. So I was a Virginia Virgin. No more! This is the oldest (42 years) tournament in the country. It encompasses several different disciplines; Frisbee Golf, Double Disc Court, Freestyle, and competitions in Distance, Accuracy and MTA. Although it is primarily composed of people from the good ol’ USA there were a few foreigners. And of course, we have some of the best in the world in a variety of events.

This article is about my personal reflections on the whole Virginia scene. I had been urged to go for several years. One reason that I could not attend is another event around here, the Visit Artist Studio Tour, one of my favorites of the year. This year however, the VA States was a week later. Another was inertia. Suffice it to say no matter the date, this will not be my last one. 

Something really unusual happened on the Thursday I arrived. I was walking down the street to get to the Capital Ale House, a recommended watering hole. I saw a guy with a Frisbee hanging out with another guy. I asked him if he was there for the Frisbee tournament and he replied, “What Frisbee tournament?” We chatted for a few and then I told him where I was from. Turned out he had been to my little town of Hastings just north of the City and had a friend in common there. We played a bit and then sat by the river bank. He pointed out that just across the river was Washington’s birth place and the location of the famed cherry tree. I share a birthday with the Father of our Country. And I met this guy all because he had a Frisbee in his hand.

There were a bunch of us at the hotel which made it a more festive occasion. It was great having breakfast with people there. And then there was the hot tub. That was a very important accoutrement to the whole shindig. A number of us took advantage of the situation.

Now Laszlo’s. For all the uninformed, which I largely was until Friday, Laszlo’s is the group that puts on the event. It’s kind of like the event itself. It has to be experienced to truly understand it. They provided a ton of food which was available all weekend till about 6p. For $40 it was all you could eat and drink although they did have things A la Carte too. All homemade, all vegetarian and very good. A huge thanks to all those hearty souls who helped out. They set the whole thing up Thursday and cleared it on Monday with the help of Rob Fried and I who roped me in.

Rob was one of the people who urged me to attend. He took second in Freestyle with Daniel O’Neil. To put it mildly, they shredded. They were up against tough competition with the three winners World Champs merely about 30 between them. The competitions were very intense.

I had never seen Double Disc before and it was a revelation. The catches were either safe and mundane or spectacular. The throws were all at least modifications on the basics usually highly angled. Some were completely made up on the spot and there were a number of throws that are unique to Double Disc.

Distance was won with an astonishing throw of 212 yards.

One of the most gratifying aspects of the whole event was playing with a couple of kids. I have always enjoyed teaching youngsters. It was great to see them with some of the crème de la crème of the Frisbee world. One kid had never caught a trick catch and after a little instruction, he made several utl and btb catches. And the jam got spread yet again. Parenthetically, that’s one of the most important facets of the whole Frisbee scene, passing along techniques and information to children. Of course, many of the moves and even the games that were displayed over the weekend were not even invented when many of us were that age. They are hooked!

Kudos to the organizers Erics Wooten and Olsen for their work behind and in many cases in front of the scene. I got the very cool newsletter last year with my name and the address misspelled; classic Frisbee. The best indication of the success of the tournament is the love not only from the participants past and present but the people who put it on and the spectators as well. I really appreciate their hard work. Yes I know it’s a labor of love, devotion and dedication to the sport and the event itself but it is still work. May it continue to shine!!

If you’re on Facebook, Scott Holter has some great photos from the event here and here

The Jammers 2018 Will Be Live Streamed

The Jammers 2018 LogoThe Jammers 2018 will be streamed live from Jacksonville, Florida. The event takes place on Jacksonville Beach on May 26-28. The actual competition is only one day; most likely on May 26 but may shift based on the weather.

The Jammers will be host to most of the top US players as well as many locals and regulars who boast unique skills that are not seen often seen at other events. Just to throw out a few names; James Wiseman, Daniel O’Neill, Ryan Young, Pablo Azul, and Jeff O’Brien. That, plus some of the best playing conditions; ample hard pack and a stiff, steady breeze make the Jammers an enjoyable event to attend, or to watch. As a final twist, this year’s event will be using the the dial based judging system.

So, don’t miss it! Tune in May 26th at about 1pm EST (UTC-4).

Episode 66: John Kirkland – Stop Thinking About It, Just Be Present

John Kirkland - Friz Whiz Mini

  • John Kirkland talks about pendulums, air molecules, and the beginning of the chaos theory – or, is it just go with the flow?
  • Frisbee is a combination of structure and feel, it is about marrying the two. Using the past, the future, and the now, makes it come together.
  • John shares some of his innovations…which he says mostly comes from watching others and taking a little bit from everyone.
  • When touring with the Globetrotters, he believes he was the first to do a self-set to practice.
  • John, Jake, and Randy talk about the “osis” and its’ many applications.
  • They also talk about finding the surprise in playing and the human reaction.

The Jammers will be live streamed the last weekend in May, and they will be testing the dial system. Be sure to tune in!