Poll: How Will YOU Stay Connected to The FPA World Championships this weekend?

FPAW 2017 LogoThe Freestyle Player’s Association World Freestyle Frisbee Championships (FPAW 2017) is this weekend (Aug 3 – 6). Top players from all over the world will be in attendance, showing off their skills and connecting with the Jamily. Of course, not everyone can attend. That’s why the FrisbeeGuru staff will also be in attendance, bringing you the action live and reporting on the results. You can watch here.

Staying connected to FPAW is important for fans, players, and their families. This Poll asks: How Will YOU Stay Connected to The FPA World Championships this weekend? Select all that apply.

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WFDF 2017: Final Results

WFDF OC 2017 LogoOpen Pairs

  1. Larry Imperiale, Paul Kenny
  2. Daniel O’neill, Tom Leitner
  3. Marc Pestotnik, Jakub Kostel
  4. Ryan Young, Jakub Matula
  5. Rick Lebeau, Jason Salkey
  6. Harvey Brandt, Rick Williams
  7. Dieter Johansson, Tomas Burvall
  8. Tom Cole, Jack Cooksey

Women’s Pairs

  1. Juliana Korver, Bianca Strunz
  2. Lori Daniels, Char Powell
  3. Sophie Rickers, Ilka Simon
  4. Niloofar Mossavar rahmani, Gohar Mossavar rahmani

WFDF 2017: Semifinals Results

WFDF OC 2017 Logo
Open Pairs Semifinals Pool A (top 4 advance)

  1. Tom Leitner, Daniel O’Neil
  2. Ryan Young, Jakub Matula
  3. Rick Lebeau, Jason Salkey
  4. Dieter Johansson, Tomas Burvall
  5. Dan Bailey, Gordy Brown
  6. Mark Trout, Rui Pires
  7. Jonas Bengtsson, Peter Henriksson
  8. Tobias Cole, Jeff Shelton
  9. Derek Robins, Les Bryant

Open Pairs Semifinals Pool B (top 4 advance)

  1. Paul Kenny, Larry Imperiale
  2. Marc Pestotnik, Jakub Kostel
  3. Tom Cole, Jack Cooksey
  4. Harvey Brandt, Rick Williams
  5. Conrad Damon, Doug Korns
  6. Sten Sturefeldt, Thomas Olsson
  7. Anton Kappling, Jonas Karlsson
  8. Ze’ Luis, Cormac Finn
  9. Mikael Zewgren, Thomas Jonasson

Women’s Pairs Semifinals (top 4 advance)

  1. Sophie Rickers, Ilka Simon
  2. Lori Daniels, Char Powell
  3. Juliana Korver, Bianca Strunz
  4. Niloofar Mossavar rahmani, Gohar Mossavar rahmani
  5. Yu Han, I Chi
  6. No Name, Frida Högberg

About WFDF 2017 with Jason Salkey

WFDF OC 2017 LogoThe WFDF 2017 Freestyle Event starts tomorrow (July 28 @14:00 (UTC +0)). You can watch it live here. Jason Salkey took the time to share more information about the event.

Jake: Tell me a little bit about Basingstoke and what inspired you to hold the competition there?

Jason: The inspiration all came from Robb Hamilton, intrepid member of the Basingstoke Golf Club. UK Jammers have, of course taken charge of the Freestyle element. Possibly Robb was inspired by the fact that Liz Hurley is a native Basingstokie. I’ve also heard the local music festival called Basingstoke Live used to be called Jammin’ in the Park. A bit of subliminal inspiration perhaps!

Jake: Being an FPA Major Class event, the standard FPA competition format will be used. Which divisions will be a part of the event?

Jason: This year at WFDF 2017 there will be two division Women’s pairs and Men’s pairs.

Jake: What is the venue for the event? 

Jason: The Basingstoke Rugby Club has kindly let us stage this year’s WFDF. The competition will take place on the grass in the centre of the practice track. Which is superbly flat and open, it was previously thought we could do the rounds on the rugby field, but the grass is little rutted and divot strewn.

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

Jason: We are hoping see the largest gathering of top freestylers since Jam Britannia II. As is the custom, freestylers are fairly relaxed about getting registered, but I can throw out a few names to savour:

Tom Leitner, Bianca Strunz,  Dan O’Neil, Larry Imperiale, Ilka Simon, Paul Kenny, Sophie Rickers, Juliana Korver, Ryan Young, Charlene Powell just to name a few. That should make for strong competition and sweet, sweet Jams.

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

Jason: Thank you to all freestylers from around the world who are coming or thinking of coming to Basingstoke. These shores haven’t hosted a WFDF since Colchester 1989 where Adrian Wainwright and Konn Cummings came away with the freestyle title. So we really want to host a successful event and confirm the UK as a top freestyle destination. Big thanks to Robb Hamilton for successfully bidding for WFDF 2017 and the Rugby Club for hosting us. See you on the field and remember to pencil Jam Britannia III in to your jam diaries (11/12 Nov).

The Freestyle Players Association World Championships for 2017 Will Be Streamed Live

FPAW 2017 LogoThe The Freestyle Players Association World Championships for 2017 (FPAW2017) will be streamed live by Frisbeeguru. You can watch here.

FPAW2017 takes place on Aug 3-6 in Udine, Italy. FPAW2017 is the premier annual freestyle Frisbee event. In attendance will be at least 70 of the best players from around the world showing off their most advanced skills and choreography, vying for a world championship title. To help get you excited for the event, I thought I’d pick out some of my favorite teams. 

In attendance will be the winning co-op team for 2016; Florian Hess, Christian Lamrad, and Alex Leist. These guys put on an amazing show in 2016, and have attacked 2017 with even more intensity. They took co-op at Frisbeebeer 2017 co-op and the German Championships so look for them to be in full performance mode in an attempt to defend their title. However, this may not be an easy task. The team of Randy Silvey, James Wiseman, and Ryan Young have been preparing all year and put in a few wins of their own: namely at Virginia States and AFO 2017. Randy is known for putting on exciting routines and Ryan and James are hungry to take the world of freestyle to new heights. 

In the mixed division, look out for the team of Matt Gauthier and Lisa Hunrichs. Though they have not played together in a mixed division this year, they have won the mixed division for 4 years running. They always come with a fun routine full of creativity, difficulty, and emotional engagement. Also on the hunt in this division are Paul Kenny and Ilka Simon. They took the Frisbeer mixed title and are set to put on a show at FPAW. Other teams to watch that of Lori Daniels and James Wiseman and Eleonora Imazio and Fabio Sanna. Lori and James are both top players with the skills to throw down some shred. Elle and Fabio are a veteran team with a previous win and always have great chemistry and imagination in their choreography.

In the open division, there are so many great teams to choose from. I can’t pick a favorite. James Wiseman and Ryan Young have been on fire, taking The Jammers and AFO 2017. They are both playing out of their minds, practicing daily in preparation. However, there team of Paul Kenny and Merdad “Graf” Housanian won pairs at Frisbeer and have the 2015 title as a pair. These guys have experience on their side, not to mention that Paul and Graf are two of the most innovative players competing at the top level today. Then you have Tommy Leitner and Daniel O’Neil. Tommy won open pairs last year with Christian Lamrad. Tommy is one the all-time heinest players and certainly has the most competition experience of anyone in this division. Daniel is a just a joy to watch, with buttery flow, yet explosive movements. These guys are playing at WFDF to warm up and could put on a show that brings the house down. And the list keeps going. There’s Christian Lamrad and Florian Hess, Jakub Kostel and Freddy Finner. All 4 of these players are at the peaks of their game. 

Finally we have the women’s division. Interestingly there are no teams from the recent competition history so this really could be anyone’s division. The team to beat is probably Lisa Hunrichs and Bianca Strunz. Both these women have world women’s titles under their belts. Both have mad freestyle skills. And, they are the top ranked team according the FPA rankings. However, it won’t be a gimme. The teams of Ilka Simon and Sophie Rickers, and Lori Daniels and Anna Merlo both have one world champion and one up-and-comer who is hungry for their shot.

You can check the list of players and teams for FPAW2017 here, and the FPA rankings here. You can also see event results and some performances from earlier in the year here. I’d love to hear your analysis of FPAW2017. Who do you think you will win and why? Let me know in the comments below.

WFDF 2017 Freestyle Event Will Be Live Streamed

WFDF OC 2017 LogoThe WFDF Overall Championships for 2017 is coming up soon – taking place in Basingstoke, UK for six days of all-day Frisbee/flying disc games; from July 24th-29th. The Freestyle part of the Overall games will be during the final days of the week: July 28th and 29th.  This will be the first time in many years that the WFDF Freestyle event will garner Pro-level (“major”)  ranking points, especially since competitors are vying for the WFDF World Freestyle title.  The current list of participating competitors includes some of the best women, men, and junior-level freestylers in the world, from at least 12 different countries, and many of whom are preparing for the following week’s premier freestyle event: the FPA World Championships in Udine, Italy (Aug 3rd-6th). 

The WFDF World Freestyle event will include both open pairs and women’s pairs, and will use the standard FPA competition format. Ryan Young will be there to head up the judging with his tablet based system.

Being an Overall flying disc event means that points are earned by disc players in every disc game played throughout the week, including Freestyle.  Therefore, numerous “hidden” jammers (i.e., disc golfers, double-disc court players, discathon runners) will be putting on nails and competing in freestyle with routines filled with creative ideas and tricks. 

There’s a lot to see throughout the week, if you can come and watch the action.  Can’t be there in person?  Well, no need to fret! For the first time ever,  Jakub “Mystiq” Matula will be live streaming both days of freestyle!  Check it out here.

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