Potlatch Freestyle Frisbee 2017 Review and Results

Potlatch Group PhotoPotlatch is a long running mixed (co-ed) Ultimate event that is hosted by Disc Northwest in the Seattle area. Four years ago, Ryan Young teamed up with Disc Northwest to add a Freestyle event to the Potlatch schedule. Every year since then, the event has challenged Freestyler players to “think outside the box”, attracted the attention of many Ultimate players, and been an all around fun time for all. This year was no different.

The scene at Potlatch: Imagine walking onto 60 acres of lush green grass, filled with Ultimate games covering 16 fields with two teams already involved in their games. Hundreds of ultimate players are everywhere, most in costumes representative of their team’s theme – and dragging their props with them between games from field-to-field. Camping tents are surrounding the perimeter of the entire venue. Amidst all this is a half-sized Ultimate field, carved out for the Freestyle Event. Tunes are blasting while jammers are pulling off heinous moves. Ultimate players walk by on their way to their next game and suddenly are taken aback by a chest roll or spinning kick brush. For Freestylers, just being in the middle of all this was a treat.

Potlatch had 27 registered Freestylers and several more who were just there for the jams. This year featured three events: 2 minute Open Pairs, a new event named Turbo Jam, and the always popular and famous Flower Round. 

The Open Pairs judging system featured Ryan’s unique tablet based judging system that uses an XBox controller for input. There are two triggers on the controller. One trigger represents a heinous move, while the other represents a drop or other significant error. Ryan compares it with driving a car. As players get hot, the judges will pull the “gas” trigger and the score ramps up. If a player drops, the judges pull the “brake” trigger and the scoring slows down. An interesting result of this is that a drop in the middle of a routine hurts more than a drop in the beginning or at the end. 

Players in this event got the message that they should “go big or go home”. And, that’s exactly what happened.

Taking third place were Lori Daniels and Jake Gauthier (me). A couple of mid routine drops held back our scores. However, we had some nice passing, a solid brush run, and a strong finish with a gitosis. In second place was the seed-busting team of Juliana Korver and Emma Kahle. These player’s styles complemented each other nicely with tight controlled flat work and an intense brushing “GRRRRR” factor that propelled their scores in the eye’s of the judges. The first place team of Ryan Young and James Wiseman was untouchable in terms of level of difficulty with almost every catch  preceded by a double spin. Their individual moves were also executed with confidence and explosiveness. And, though playing spontaneously, they hit music ques repeatedly. Perhaps the most telling sign that they were doing so great was that a large group of Ultimate players stopped and watched their entire routine, cheering the entire time.  Scores below.

The Turbo Jam event is an interesting twist on individual move competition format. Similar to an Open Pairs event, players team up with each other and then teams are split into A and B pools. From here, the event is very different than an Open Pairs event. Players on each team in a pool are set as either A or B. Being an individual move competition, each player in the pool goes through a “round robin” format: Player A for Team 1 gets 1 throw, and then Player A for Team 2 gets their first throw,  and so on.

Play order is determined as follows: Teams in the pool are ranked as a whole; let’s say 1, 2, 3, 4. So, player 4B goes first, receiving a throw from their teammate, 4A. Then 3B receives from 3A, 2B from 2A, and so on, until every B player has attempted their highest scoring moves; then the rotation goes for the A players receiving throws from their teammates and trying their tricks; then switch back to the B teammates, and then to the A teammates. The round for the 4-5 pairs teams goes for 25 minutes. When the clock runs out, the current rotation finishes and then play is completed. Within the 25 minutes, each player from each pairs team will have had about 6 attempts at a turbo move. 

Judges are looking exclusively for difficulty. If the player drops, the highest score is 10. If a player catches, the highest is 50. At the end of play, each player keeps only their highest score. To get the team’s score, player’s highest scores are added together for a total 100 points possible per team. The top 2 teams from each pool move to the finals.

As if doing a turbo move individually wasn’t enough challenge, Ryan required that each player only have three touches to the disc prior to a catch, with none of the touches being a center delay. Rim delays were acceptable, as were nail maneuvers that brought the disc flat briefly – but no center-delaying. Air-brushing, tips, cuffs, and body-rolls were counted as one touch.  Players with 4 touches or more prior to a catch attempt were not scored. 

These rules seem limiting at first. However, they proved to be quite enjoyable as players had to rethink their approach to an individual competition. Players quickly figured out what types of trick to focus on. One option employed by James Wiseman was to do three spinning restricted pulls into a spinning restricted catch. He earned several scores of 50 with this approach. Ryan Young started a lofting throw, did several brushes and then went for a very risky “early retirement” catch (bigger than a vacation) but dropped when he hit the ground. Still, he had other moves that earned him a 48. Matt Gauthier decided to go for a score of 50 off of all of the throws he received, eventually able to coax-in a double spinning UTL hammer pull and then using the next two touches for regaining control before the catch.

All-in-all, The Turbo Jam was a success. It was fun, very challenging, kept things fast-paced, and brought out some huge combos that might not be seen in a standard Open Pairs event. Scores below.

And, of course we can’t forget the Flower Round. Teams of 3 are randomly created from a hat. Then they play for 3 minutes each. But, instead of judging, the audience gets to throw flowers onto the field whenever the team gets hot. This makes for a low pressure, go-for-it type round. Many ultimate players stopped to watch and several times, entire teams participated in throwing flowers! One of the more memorable moves was when James called for Ryan to hit a triple barrel gitis, at which point Ryan’s smile got a little bigger and he went for it, hitting it perfectly. Flowers flew and the crowd cheered.

Potlatch this year was an incredible event that included amazing jams, great weather, audience engagement, Spam musubi, heinous competition, and fun fun fun for all.

Thank you so much, Ryan Young for putting on this event for the players and ultimate community, many of whom were in awe of what they were watching! If you have not attended a Potlatch before, add it to your schedule for next year.

Scores

Open Pairs

  1. Ryan Young James Wiseman 3706.905 2718.458 6425.363
  2. Emma Kahle Juliana Korver 2653.87 2520.37 5174.24
  3. Jake Gauthier Lori Daniels 2380.459 2273.05 4653.509
  4. Matt Gauthier Lisa Hunrichs 2347.91 2087.88 4435.79
  5. Johnny Trevino Angelo Trevino 1234.681 2630.23 3864.911
  6. Charles Logan Char Powell 745.8279 1940.43 2686.2579
  7. Cindy St. Mary Tony Pellicane 1176.384 1384.355 2560.739
  8. Mike Galloupe Mike Slaska 504.79 1599.03 2103.82
  9. Mary Lowry John Titcomb 257.99 1408.335 1666.325
  10. Dan Yarnell Bob Boulware 299.43 516.76 816.19
  11. Doug Korns John Anthony 127.85 506.48 634.33
  12. Michaela Galloupe Aiden Slaska 178.15 387.16 565.31

Turbo Jam

Semi Pool A

  1. Ryan Young James Wiseman 48 50 98
  2. Lisa Hunrichs Cindy St. Mary 46 43 89
  3. Jake Gauthier Lori Daniels 49 34 83
  4. Aiden Slaska Angelo Trevino 25 29 54

Semi Pool B

  1. Doug Korns Matt Gauthier 25 50 75
  2. Mike Galloupe Johnny Trevino 32 27 59
  3. Tony Pellicane Emma Kahle 27 24 51
  4. Juliana Korver Charles Logan 25 25 50
  5. Bob Boulware Dan Yarnell 10 47 47

Final

  1. Ryan Young James Wiseman 40 48 88
  2. Johnny Trevino Mike Galloupe 30 35 65
  3. Doug Korns Matt Gauthier 20 40 60
  4. Lisa Hunrichs Cindy St. Mary 35 25 60

German Championships 2017: Semifinals Results and Finals Teams

German ChampionshipsCo-Op Semifinals Pool A
4. Toufik Lamred/Adrian Röder/Julian Störk (TOT 25 | EX 10.7 | AI 4.8 | DIF 9.5)
3. Sascha Höhne/Harald S./Johanna Matthiä (TOT 42.4 | EX 12.7 | AI 12 | DIF 17.7)
2. Jakub Kostel/Toby Künzel/Bianca Strunz (TOT 45.3 | EX 15 | AI 13.1 | DIF 17.2)
1. Christian Lamred/Florian Hess/Alex Leist (TOT 53.7 | EX 15.4 | AI 17.9 | DIF 20.4)

Co-Op Semifinals Pool B
5. Chris Bellaj/Martin Höser/Simon Lühring (TOT 21.1 | EX 10 | AI 3.6 | DIF 7.5)
4. Naim Megassabi/Steffen Verstichelen/Silvina Porsch (TOT 29.2 | EX 10.9 | AI 4.3 | DIF 14)
2. Robert Dittrich/Dylan Rocha Pires/Dennis Vollmer (TOT 40.9 | EX 12.8 | AI 11 | DIF 17.1)
1. Thomas Nötzel/Fabian Dinklage/Jens Friebe (TOT 41.3 | EX 14.4 | AI 10 | DIF 16.9)
3. Freddy Finner/Benjamin Edelmann/Sascha Scherzinger (TOT 38.2 | EX 11 | AI 10.7 | DIF 16.5)

Open Semifinals Pool A & B
Coming soon

Co-Op Finals Teams
Sascha Höhne GER, Harald S. GER, Johanna Matthiä GER
Freddy Finner GER, Benjamin Edelmann GER, Sascha Scherzinger GER
Robert Dittrich GER, Dylan Rocha Pires LUX, Dennis Vollmer GER
Jakub Kostel CZE, Toby Künzel GER, Bianca Strunz GER
Thomas Nötzel GER, Fabian Dinklage GER, Jens Friebe GER
Christian Lamred GER, Florian Hess GER, Alex Leist GER

Open Finals Teams
Benjamin Edelmann GER, Benedicte Audet CAN
Toby Künzel GER, Harald S. GER
Dylan Rocha Pires LUX, Jens Friebe GER
Sascha Höhne GER, Jakub Kostel CZE
Johanna Matthiä GER, Bianca Strunz GER
Robert Dittrich GER, Sascha Scherzinger GER
Alex Leist GER, Freddy Finner GER
Christian Lamred GER, Florian Hess GER

Mixed Finals Teams
Hanna Dura GER, Mauricio Lobos
Simon Faber GER, Nadine Klos GER
Paula Willin GER, Benjamin Edelmann GER
Benedicte Audet CAN, Thomas Nötzel GER
Silvina Porsch GER, Toby Künzel GER
Johanna Matthiä GER, Freddy Finner GER
Sascha Höhne GER, Bianca Strunz GER

German Championships 2017: Semifinals Pools

German Championships 2017The German Championships Semifinals are about to get underway. You can watch it live here. Below are the teams in each pool.

CoOp Semifinals Pool A

Toufik Lamred GER, Adrian Röder GER, Julian Störk GER
Sascha Höhne GER, Harald S. GER, Johanna Matthiä GER
Jakub Kostel CZE, Toby Künzel GER, Bianca Strunz GER
Christian Lamred GER, Florian Hess GER, Alex Leist GER

CoOp Semifinals Pool B

Chris Bellaj GER, Martin Höser GER, Simon Lühring GER
Naim Megassabi BEL, Steffen Verstichelen BEL, Silvina Porsch GER
Robert Dittrich GER, Dylan Rocha Pires LUX, Dennis Vollmer GER
Thomas Nötzel GER, Fabian Dinklage GER, Jens Friebe GER
Freddy Finner GER, Benjamin Edelmann GER, Sascha Scherzinger GER

Open Pairs Semifinals Pool A

Kevin Surdyka 0, Andreas Nogay GER
Dennis Vollmer GER, Alexander Enhuber GER
Martin Höser GER, Simon Lühring GER
Benjamin Edelmann GER, Benedicte Audet 0
Dylan Rocha Pires LUX, Jens Friebe GER
Robert Dittrich GER, Sascha Scherzinger GER
Thomas Nötzel GER, Fabian Dinklage GER
Christian Lamred GER, Florian Hess GER

Open Pairs Semifinals Pool B

Toufik Lamred GER, Adrian Röder GER
Simon Faber GER, Simon Wassermann 0
Julian Störk GER, Chris Bellaj GER
Paula Willin GER, Hauke Raschen GER
Johanna Matthiä GER, Bianca Strunz GER
Toby Künzel GER, Harald S. GER
Sascha Höhne GER, Jakub Kostel CZE
Alex Leist GER, Freddy Finner GER

Watch the 2017 German Championships Live

German ChampionshipsThe German Championships for 2017 will take place in Karlsruhe, Germany on July 1-2. With Chris Bellaj’s help, FrisbeeGuru will bring you the action. Christian Lamred and Florian (Flo) Hess, the tournament directors, were gracious enough to provide more details.

Jake: I’m fortunate enough to have attended 2 events in Karlsruhe; The German Championships in 2007 and FPA World Championships in 2015. Both events were run extremely well and attracted a great audience. What inspired you to hold the German Championships this year? How many German Championships has Karlsruhe held?

Flo: Decisive was the big success of the 2015 FPAW. The Initial Idea to organize the German Championships this year came from the board of our SSC Sportclub! They were looking for a similar highlight of the Sportfestival so they ask us again to run a big tournament! The concept to include an Freestyle Tournament into another larger event where a lot of spectators are is a key for success!
So we decided to run the German Championships after 10 years again for the 2nd time.

Jake: What is the competition format for this year? What divisions? How long are routines?

Flo: In Germany we have a regulation to play the German Championships with the FPA Judging rules. We also adopted the FPA competition manual with a few exceptions to be more free. For example we can play the Semifinals with 10 teams in one pool, so that we don’t need to play a Quarterfinal.
It seems that German Women like more to compete in the Open Pairs Division, so we scratched the Women’s Division due to less registrations.

Jake: Being the German Championships, is the event open to all? If so, what happens if a non-German player wins?

Flo: Yes it is an open tournament. Also for that situation we have a clever regulation 😛 Non-German teams can win the tournament, but don’t become German Champion. The best ranked German team will get the title and the challenge cup trophey! The requirement is that the team makes it into the finals. To count as “German” you need a german passport or you have to live at least 2 years in Germany.

Jake: How many players do you expect? Are there any top teams we should be watching out for?

Flo: So for the 50th anniversary of the SCC we are expecting at least 50 Players 😉 As always we have a lot of guest Jammers that only want to jam and join the party – so it will be crowded 😉

Jake: Anything else you’d like to add? Anyone you’d like to thank?

Flo: I am deeply grateful to our Sponsors; Newgames Frisbeeshop and Wrightlife. We get big support from them. Bill Wright send us 2 packages of Whizrings and Spinjammers that are very needed here in Germany to spread the jam to younger players.
We are hoping to motivate a lot of kids at our event – and work for the future of Freestyle Frisbee!

Jake: Karlsruhe is known for bringing in new players and your passion in this regard is clear! Thank you so much for all you do for Freestyle Frisbee. Good luck at the German Championships.

You can watch the German Championships here. It will start at 11a (UTC +2) on July 1st. The finals will start at 10a on July 2nd.

Munich Mash 2017 Results and Video Replay

Munich Mash
The Munich Mash 2017 Hat Tournament is complete. Below is the video replay and the results. Congrats to Markus Götz and Sascha Höhne for their win! Thanks to Tobi Künzel for hosting the event and Chris Bellaj for streaming it.

 

 

 

Munich Mash Results1.: Markus Götz + Sascha Höhne (7.5)
2.: Jakub Hosek + El Nino (7.3)
3.: Mysiq + Dennis Vollmer (6.92)
4.: Tommy Leitner + André Zaharias (6.91)
5.: Niki Thoma + El Nino (again) (6.6)
6.: Lukas Lacifer + Chris Bellaj (5.6)
7.: Anna Merlo + Silvina Porsch (4.9)
8.: Janis Brunner + Toby Künzel (3.9)

ITO 2017: Video Replay

Italian Open 2017Co-Op Finals
5. Edoardo Turri/Filippo Bortot/Fabio Sanna
EX 16.0/AI 22.3/Diff 26.7 – P 65.0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN9AmH…
3. Andrea Dini/Clay Colerà/Marco Prati
EX 24.1/AI 22.7/Diff 28.6 – P 75.4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN9AmH…
4. Mattia Colombari/Andrea Festi/Luca Sansò
EX 21.0/AI 19.7/Diff 26.4 – P 67.1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN9AmH…
coming soon:
6. Alessandro Damiano/Serge Marconi/Claudio Massaro
EX 13.5/AI 15.7/Diff 22.7 – P 51.9
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN9AmH…
1. Claudio Cigna/Manuel Cesari/Freddy Finner
EX 25.4/AI 23.9/Diff 33.2 – P 82.5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN9AmH…
2. Tom Leitner/Andrea Rimatori/Fabio Nizzo
EX 22.8/AI 23.8/Diff 31.5 – P 78.1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN9AmH…
THE PODIUM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN9AmH…

Open Pairs Finals
8. Marco Chessa/Luca Sansò EX 16.7/AI 10.7/Diff 22.1 – P 49.5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXTLd-…
6. Serge Marconi/Edoardo Favorini EX 21.7/AI 12.5/Diff 26.7 – P 60.9
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXTLd-…
2. Filippo Bortot/Andrea Festi EX 21.7/AI 17.1/Diff 29.6 – P 68.4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXTLd-…
4. Tom Leitner/Freddy Finner EX 21.2/AI 19.1/Diff 28.0 – P 68.3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXTLd-…
7. Alessandro Damiano/Dario Giusti EX 17.1/AI 11.9/Diff 27.3 – P 56.3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXTLd-…
5. Andrea Dini/Clay Collerà EX 24.3/AI 15.6/Diff 27.7 – P 67.6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXTLd-…
1. Claudio Cigna/Manuel Cesari EX 22.1/AI 18.0/Diff 34.0 – P 74.1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXTLd-…
3. Andrea Rimatori/Fabio Nizzo EX 22.2/AI 15.7/Diff 30.0 – P 67.9
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXTLd-…
THE PODIUM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXTLd-…

Mixed Pairs Finals
5. Angela Polla Cusma/Antonio Piccioni Cusma
EX 21.3/AI 8.7/Diff 21.9 – P 51.9
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_xHdN…
4. Giulia Aretano/Edoardo Favorini
EX 20.4/AI 13.4/Diff 24.8 – P 58.6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_xHdN…
6. Francesca Chierici/Serge marconi
EX 16.2/AI 12.2/Diff 22.2 – P 50.6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_xHdN…
3. Fabiana Ciciriello/Freddy Finner
EX 18.8/AI 13.1/Diff 27.1 – P 59.0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_xHdN…
2. Eleonora Imazio/Fabio Samma
EX 21.6/AI 15.7/Diff 25.6 – P 62.9
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_xHdN…
1. Ilka Simon/Andrea Rimatori
EX 22.3/AI 14.8/Diff 27.4 – P 64.5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_xHdN…
The PODIUM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_xHdN…

Special thanks for Chris Bellaj
Chris’s YouTube Channel
Chris’s Web Site
Chris’s Photo Album of the Event

Munich Mash Will Be Live Streamed

Munich MashChris Bellaj is at it again: he will be Live Streaming the Munich Mash Hat tournament on June 24th, 2017. Start time is 6:30p (UTC +2).

The event takes place in Munich, Germany at Olympiapark. It is slated to include players from Prague, Rome, Berlin, Munich and more. Munich Mash is a sports festival that includes extreme sports like BMX Spine Ramp, Wakeboard Rail & Air, and Street League Skateboarding. Thanks Tobi Künzel, the tournament director, for bringing Freestyle Frisbee to this extreme sports event! It promises to be a fun time for all and a great opportunity to spread the jam.

According to Tobi, “We might also live stream some other stuff during the 3 days of Festival, like beginners workshops, other competition games, or just an impression of the festival at this beautiful olympic location. Much of it will remain spontaneous though, because it is our first time there.”

More about the Munich Mash Festival.

Munich Mash Hat event Facebook page.

Watch it live here.