This week we explore the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. While you may not have had much exposure to this sport, especially at a professional or competitive level it is an intriguing sport that is very easy to get into as an adult with most towns/cities having co-ed leagues.
Scott Hastie, a past member of Boston and Toronto teams and current coach of the Toronto Professional team, joins us to tell us about the sport, why you should do it and the best ways to try it out.
Really cool thing is the ‘spirit of the game’ concept Scott tells us about … if you aren’t into the rules / fouls in other sports this might be the sport to enhance your movement variety with!
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– Raced bikes for ~8 years till road/velodrome , in team pursuit and points races = 1996
Tell us about your job. Where do you work and who do you work with?
=> Stopped racing and did a Masters Degree (has an engineering degree)
- Progress from thurs night co-ed team to 4 man / 3 women vs another group of 7
- then motivated players in club traveled to tournaments in Ottawa/Montreal etc.
- Age 26 – moved to Toronto to playing in Men’s only team. There are A/B/C teams , several seasons in B/C then made A team
- Age 34 turn master and qualified for 2008 to represent Canada (something he pushed for in cycling) so was excited for this. Pushed training to new levels for this challenge (planned/Peaked)
- After this Nationals exposure played on a Boston team – played for 2 full seasons (falls). This exposure outside of Toronto/Canada was formative in Understanding of game (coaching)
- Goat – Toronto based team with ottawa/canadian players (Canada-East team) http://www.goatultimate.com/
- Eventually the sport changed — The coach was added to alleviate previous jobs for ‘captain player’ to make calls (2010-2011) , this has gone down through Junior ranks.
- in 5-10 years will see change with all the junior coaching and development available today.
Is there a skill/area someone can practice at home to make those first few sessions more productive?
-> Throwing Frisbee / Catching Frisbee – unlike football , everyone is ‘quarterback’
-> Solo aim for a lacrosse net or target at home .
Frisbee Golf ?
this helps learn to really launch disc (throw far) and accuracy but misses challenge of throwing to moving target
Is there an early/easy ‘win’ a beginner could get before or at their first practice / pick-up game ?
-> Cheap to get started
-> Shoes ? Football receiver or corner back cleats have a toe Cleat (soccer don’t for ball control but work to get going )
*bigger and heavier than normal/dollar store frisbee so can throw further and fly more stable. Cost is $12-$20 .
-> MAKING SPACE – very important to play at highest level. Team work and cutting/changing direction. Communication.
– soccer very good with understanding of being coached, strategy, team sports, field and movements (weight over center of gravity)