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).

Black to the Forest 2018 Will be Live Streamed

Black to the ForestBlack to the Forest 2018 takes place on May 5th and 6th in Freiburg, Germany. Thanks to Chris Belaj, it will be Live Streamed here! The event is hosted by Alex Wegner and Sacha Scherzinger.

On Saturday, May 5ht they have an interesting format in mind that they call “Pocket Check”. Its designed to see how deep players pockets really are. Teams of two are formed randomly by drawing names from a hat. Then the teams face off against each other in a battle style format. The plays not playing the active battle pick which team played the best using General Impression. If the votes lead to a tie, the tie breaker is a battle of Speed Flow. This tie breaker will further test a team’s depth of skill.

On Sunday they will have a CoOp round. At this point it is unclear to me if CoOp will use a more standard competition format or will continue with the Pocket Check concept. We’ll all just have to tune in to find out.

All-in-all this should prove to be a fun event for both those in attendance and those spectating. Thanks so much for putting on the event and for bringing us the action! Check out the facebook page for more details.

 

Episode 59: Interviews with the Winners of Frisbeer 2018

Frisbeer Cup LogoIn this episode, we had a chance to talk to the from Frisbeer Cup 2018. You can see all the routines here.

Coop
Clay Collerà, Marco Prati, Andrea Sarti, Rank: 1, Points: 5155.6

Challenger
Eitan Rei Koren, Yuval Reikoren, Rank: 1, Points: 2929.6

Mixed
Manuel Cesari, Ilka Simon, Rank: 1, Points: 3597.5

Women
Ilka SimonJuliana Korver, Rank: 1, Points: 3136.8

Open
Jakub Kostel, Ryan Young, Rank: 1, Points: 3796.2

Poll: What is Your Impression of the Dial Judging System?

If you haven’t already heard, Frisbeer 2018 used a judging system where the judges input their scores in real-time using a dial. Now that it’s over, I thought it would be interesting to hear people’s impressions of the “Dial System“. The answers to this poll are meant to cover 4 groups: those who were are at Frisbeer, those who watched the stream, those who have heard about the dial system but who don’t have experience with it yet, and those who have no idea what it is (this interview explains it). Please read the answers carefully to select your group.

Also, you are invited to share more detailed impressions in the comments below.

 

What is Your Impression of the Dial Judging System?

What is Your Impression of the Dial Judging System?

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Frisbeer 2018 Final Results

Challenger
Eitan Rei Koren, Yuval Reikoren, Rank: 1, Points: 2929.6
Dániel Kárpáti, Balu Major, Rank: 2, Points: 2869.2
Fabrizio "Nino" Nicco, Lorenzo Telo, Rank: 3, Points: 2806.0
Andre Zaharias, Michal Maciolek, Rank: 4, Points: 2103.2
Simon Wassermann, Sven Deschle, Rank: 5, Points: 2022.2
Edoardo Gargano, Davide Liberti, Rank: 6, Points: 2004.9

 

Women
Ilka Simon, Juliana Korver, Rank: 1, Points: 3136.8
Sophie Rickers, Char Powell, Rank: 2, Points: 2059.7
Bar Bendek, Dominika Matuskova, Rank: 3, Points: 1997.0

 

Open
Jakub Kostel, Ryan Young, Rank: 1, Points: 3796.2
Fabio Nizzo, Manuel Cesari, Rank: 2, Points: 3656.8
Marco Prati, Pavel Baranyk, Rank: 3, Points: 3546.5
Fabian Dinklage, Robert Dittrich, Rank: 4, Points: 3321.1
Christian Lamred, Freddy Finner, Rank: 5, Points: 3282.3
Mehrdad Hosseinian, Andrea Rimatori, Rank: 6, Points: 3222.1
Clay Collerà, Andrea Dini, Rank: 7, Points: 3187.3
Randy Silvey, Kuba Radwanski, Rank: 8, Points: 2869.8
Lukas Zimovcak, Jakub Hosek, Rank: 9, Points: 2777.4

 

Mixed
Manuel Cesari, Ilka Simon, Rank: 1, Points: 3597.5
Juliana Korver, Ryan Young, Rank: 2, Points: 3456.3
Sophie Rickers, Toby Künzel, Rank: 3, Points: 3021.1
Bar Bendek, Ayal Benin, Rank: 4, Points: 2874.6
Char Powell, Balu Major, Rank: 5, Points: 2635.6
Lukas Zimovcak, Dominika Matuskova, Rank: 6, Points: 2236.1

 

Coop
Clay Collerà, Marco Prati, Andrea Sarti, Rank: 1, Points: 5155.6
Jakub Kostel, Freddy Finner, Paul Kenny, Rank: 2, Points: 5044.0
Mehrdad Hosseinian, Christian Lamred, Balu Major, Rank: 3, Points: 4799.1
Fabio Nizzo, Tom Leitner, Andrea Rimatori, Rank: 4, Points: 4778.9
Randy Silvey, Ayal Benin, Daniel O’Neill, Rank: 5, Points: 4727.0
Pavel Baranyk, Ryan Young, Robert Dittrich, Rank: 6, Points: 4563.7
Manuel Cesari, Andrea Piemontese, Mattia Lambertini, Rank: 7, Points: 4505.7
Emanuele Faustini, Stefan Dünkel, Fabian Dinklage, Rank: 8, Points: 3931.5
Andreas Jaderyd, Jens Friebe, Toby Künzel, Rank: 9, Points: 3694.4

 

Frisbeer 2018 Day 2 Results

Mixed Semi
Manuel Cesari, Ilka Simon, Rank: 1, Points: 3085.6
Char Powell, Balu Major, Rank: 2, Points: 2939.1
Juliana Korver, Ryan Young, Rank: 3, Points: 2786.6
Sophie Rickers, Toby Künzel, Rank: 4, Points: 2680.5
Bar Bendek, Ayal Benin, Rank: 5, Points: 2566.4
Lukas Zimovcak, Dominika Matuskova, Rank: 6, Points: 2427.1
Mark Trout, Elena Dalmasso, Rank: 7, Points: 1954.9

 

Coop Semi A
Jakub Kostel, Freddy Finner, Paul Kenny, Rank: 1, Points: 4366.9
Randy Silvey, Ayal Benin, Daniel O’Neill, Rank: 2, Points: 4316.9
Andreas Jaderyd, Jens Friebe, Toby Künzel, Rank: 3, Points: 4067.4 
Jakub Hosek, Lukas Zimovcak, Jakub Sedlak, Rank: 4, Points: 3843.3
Antonio Piccione Cusmá, Thomas Nötzel, Andrea Meola, Rank: 5, Points: 3769.2
Peter Honzik, Andre Zaharias, Dominika Matuskova, Rank: 6, Points: 3048.8
Philipp Kleis, Simon Wassermann, Sven Deschle, Rank: 7, Points: 2224.2

 

Coop Semi B
Fabio Nizzo, Tom Leitner, Andrea Rimatori, Rank: 1, Points: 5371.3
Manuel Cesari, Andrea Piemontese, Mattia Lambertini, Rank: 2, Points: 5060.2
Emanuele Faustini, Stefan Dünkel, Fabian Dinklage, Rank: 3, Points: 4516.6
Pepyn Tavernier, Steffen Verstichelen, Naim Megassabi, Rank: 4, Points: 4142.8
Raphael Legrand, Francesco Santolin, Char Powell, Rank: 5, Points: 3216.9
Elena Dalmasso, Mark Trout, Juliana Korver, Rank: 6, Points: 2915.1
Mikey Callaghan, Cedric Stevens, Iwan de Moor, Rank: 7, Points: 2268.5

 

Coop Semi C
Mehrdad Hosseinian, Christian Lamred, Balu Major, Rank: 1, Points: 5182.6
Clay Collerà, Marco Prati, Andrea Sarti, Rank: 2, Points: 5135.6
Pavel Baranyk, Ryan Young, Robert Dittrich, Rank: 3, Points: 4861.5
Kuba Radwanski, Konrad Patris, Mateusz Gajewski, Rank: 4, Points: 3817.6
Eitan Rei Koren, Yuval Reikoren, Jakub Matula, Rank: 5, Points: 3725.3
Ondrej Kolega, Jiri Weiss, Jakub Zahradnicek, Rank: 6, Points: 2867.5
Chris Bellaj, Edoardo Gargano, Davide Liberti, Rank: 7, Points: 2607.6